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Post by kipissippi on Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:49 pm

It left the building this morning.  I thought we were talking about 15 minutes ... in ..out..done... WRONG.   The thing was about the size of a pencil eraser.... they drew an oval around it....... a BIG ASS oval!  4 inches by 2.   Thank heavens whatever they shot in my arm did a magnificent job numbing it.  I didn't even feel it when then cut out the whole thing..... and pretty damn deep too.   I now have a scar about four inches long ..lots of stitches, across my upper arm.  

I may start to get annoying... but  GET A DAMN SCAN!!!  You do NOT want to go through this ...and you CERTAINLY don't want to go through the alternative.  JUST DO IT!! Beer
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Post by kipissippi on Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:51 pm

OH yeah.... I also can't lift anything with that arm for TEN days!  What a pain in the ass....Get a scan.
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Post by ferret on Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:22 pm

Glad you're doin' fine Kip. A little crusty but fine. Keep up the good work.
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Post by kipissippi on Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:35 pm

It's so sneaky. I never knew there was anything out of the ordinary. I just went in to get some sun damage taken off my face...damned lucky thing. GET A SCAN!!!! I don't want to lose any of you.
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Post by RVGRINGO on Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:53 am

Congratulations! Do be sure to get routine follow-ups, including scans and even an MRI. It was melanoma that led to the discovery, by ultrasound & scans, that my wife had thyroid cancer. That is now removed and things are looking good.
You are so correct......Stay on top of it.

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Post by CHILLIN on Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:15 pm

What a coincidence - just got checked over today, after many years of sun and fun. No problems. Dra Claudia de Lourdes - Quality Care.
Most people know that the world famous reggae artist, Bob Marley, died in his mid thirties from cancer. What many people do not know is that he had a black spot under his big toenail. He assumed it was a bruise from playing soccer/football in bare feet. It turns out that it was a rare form of melanoma. The doctors wanted to amputate his toe - he said (something like)" The Lord Jah delivered me to this earth as I am - I am not mean't to be leaving anything behind". So it gradually metasized over his whole body, and he died when it reached his throat.

I was teasing my elderly mother the other day, she is fair haired and fair skin - but loved baking in the sun. She had a malignant melanoma removed in her late 50's. A lot nastier than your because they left a 1 inch deep hole, about 2 inches across. Only after 1 year would they abrade it and stitch it up.When she moved to Puerto Vallarta, when she was about 62, she started tanning again, I reminded her what the doctors had warned. She said "it takes about 7 years to develop a melanoma, and I 'll probably be dead of old age by then". Now she is 84! Her father, my grandfather lived to 97.
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Post by kipissippi on Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:32 pm

Glad to hear it!!  Yeah...they go deep... I just took a quick peek but it looked about an inch deep.  Looked like a gunshot wound...on the way OUT!!!    Just glad she got it.. it's done... and I'll never go more than three months without someone who's qualified  taking a gander.
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Post by Defarge on Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:52 am

Been there, done that 27 years ago. Caught it in a routine dermatology check. Scars on my back that make me look like runner up in a hatchet fight. But no reoccurrence in 27 years. Annual follow ups!
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Post by Trailrunner on Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:24 am

Wow, glad all you guys have cured your melanoma. I have friends who weren't so lucky. Or maybe they weren't so diligent. Good for you.

Go Kip! I will make an appt for a more thorough screening, my current derm guy is not thorough enough for me and it's been nagging at me to find another one and get another check. Thank you!
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Post by CHILLIN on Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:44 am

Hey Kip - when you are well healed - you will have to get a tattoo which compliments your scar. Maybe a shooting star, or something like that.
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