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LinefinderLinefinder ModeratorPosts: 7,047 Senior Member
Seems the last two years it's been one thing after another.

I've had a spot on the first knuckle of my left hand for almost 20 years. I saw a GP about it 15 years ago, and his Rx was "Lotion! Lotion!! Lotion!!!" written on the back of a business card.

Fast forward 15 years, and an actual dermatologist biopsied it and it came back positive for cancer. He did a scrape and burn and things seemed to be going well, until our last really days-long cold snap occurred. At first I thought it was just the cold. No.....it had come back.

So, today was Mohs surgery. Time consuming, but a pretty simple, painless affair in actuality. But, due to the location of the site and the amount he had to remove to obtain "all clear"....I needed a skin graft. He cut a chunk out of my left upper arm for the patch.

Once again, simple, painless procedure, but I can't go back to work for 9 fricking days.....I never saw that coming. And I have to see him again in 7 days before even that is valid.

OTOH, it's been a bit painful for several years, but he said he got it all and this surgery is reportedly 99.4% effective.

But I never saw a skin graft and 9 down days coming.

Mike


"Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
N454casull

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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,398 Senior Member
    Dang, Mike! Glad they caught it and you got it fixed! 9 days is a long down time, but it needs to heal, especially the skin graft. Hope you have sick leave at that place you work so you don't lose a week's work pay. Hang in there and heal up safe, quick, and complication free.
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,893 Senior Member
    edited July 28 #3

    My Mohs surgery from a few years back.
    glad yours went well. No return on mine about 4 years out now.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    Damn, Sako!!! Please ignore my OP. I have zero right to complain.........

    And, yeah, Mike......they "caught it in time" 15 years after I first asked them to look at it.........

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    And, yes.....While I've pretty much sucked my sick leave down to a balance of zero over the past couple of years,  I've managed to accrue enough vacation that I'm able to cover this without an income hit from that direction. But, even after insurance, I'm still paying off the cardiac arrest, MRI, bladder surgery, prostate scare,and now this.....plus bills from places you didn't even know had a hand in the affair.

    Once they get their hooks in you, it never ends and it comes from all directions.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,462 Senior Member
    Glad you’re ok! Sako that’s a cool scar, chicks dig scars!🤣
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,922 Senior Member
    Glad you got it taken care of Mike
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    Thanks, Diver.....should have been taken care of years ago.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    I just want to go a year without posting anything "medical".

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,262 Senior Member
    I just want to go a year without posting anything "medical".

    Mike
    We come into the world naked, wet, cold, and hungry. . .

    Then things get worse.

    Hope yours was and stays local.  I had a spot of cancer scraped off the side of my nose maybe 8 years back.  Fortunately I had noticed something "weird" and non-pimple about it pretty early on in it's life and the first Moh's pass got it done with only a pea-sized scoop of tissue gone. 

    Worst part was we opted to fill the hole with a chunk of beef collagen that allowed more thorough healing from inside out to prevent facial scarring.  Worked well, but it was a long span of creatively cut bandages & Vaseline.   Anywhere else on my carcass, we'd have just stitched it closed.
    WWJMBD?

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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,715 Senior Member
    Hope all goes well going forward, cancer of any kind is scary business.
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 7,952 Senior Member
    I don't know what to say, Mike.  Seems that if it's not one thing, it's another.  Hang in there, brother, and know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.

    God bless you.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,811 Senior Member
    I just want to go a year without posting anything "medical".

    Mike
    Welcome to “old” brother.  I seem to see the doctor more often than my kids by a long shot.  Glad you caught it in time!
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • bklysenbklysen Member Posts: 476 Member
    edited July 28 #14
    Holy crap, Mike. Just glad that it was finally ID'd now rather than later. Get it taken care of and we'll all cross our fingers that nothing else gets dropped at your feet for a while. Hang in there...

    and here I thought I was the only guy that had body parts not working, or looking, like they used to.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,960 Senior Member
    bklysen said:


    and here I thought I was the only guy that had body parts not working, or looking, like they used to.
    Far from it, you are not alone, for the most part for my age I'm in pretty good shape, but since April I have had my stents pumped up, my GFR numbers are low, 4 surgeries for cancer, 17 radiation treatments, this morning they took out 16 stich'es from my back (melinoma) 

    Being old I read about all here that have medical problems and I sympathize with all of you.

    Being sick is only part of the problem, no one mentions the affect on your wife, kids, etc or the money aspect , or when you beat yourself up because ya cant do something.

    All I can tell ya is hang tough, at least we havnt assumed room temp.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,743 Senior Member
    Well, that seems like good news...they found it and corrected it.  Good health for the rest of your life.  Quit being sick.

    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    Well, this has, as previously mentioned, been a very slow growing on-going thing,so it's not that I was in any immediate danger.

    Tell you one thing I've taken to heart, though. If you notice a spot, get it cyro treated as fast as you can. While Mohs surgery in and of itself is no big deal, a skin-graft is a different animal. Recovery time is much longer.

    I tried to get this taken care of 15 years ago. Had  I not had a quack as my PCP at that time....this event could have been easily avoided.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,749 Senior Member
    More stuff I can look forward to in the future...........
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,096 Senior Member
    sakodude said:




    Note to Sako....
    Quit pissing off Zorro and MAYBE he'll quit carving Zs on your neck
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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,811 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    sakodude said:




    Note to Sako....
    Quit pissing off Zorro and MAYBE he'll quit carving Zs on your neck
    ZORRO?!?!?  I thought Zee did that! 😁
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 7,952 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    knitepoet said:
    sakodude said:




    Note to Sako....
    Quit pissing off Zorro and MAYBE he'll quit carving Zs on your neck
    ZORRO?!?!?  I thought Zee did that! 😁
    Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Mebbe they're one and the same.

    Zee, you got some 'splainin to do.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,811 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    knitepoet said:
    sakodude said:




    Note to Sako....
    Quit pissing off Zorro and MAYBE he'll quit carving Zs on your neck
    ZORRO?!?!?  I thought Zee did that! 😁
    Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Mebbe they're one and the same.

    Zee, you got some 'splainin to do.

    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    Well....I've learned one thing for sure......

    Regardless of the tool you use, it's impossible to effectively shave one-handed.
    (Day 5 of growing a very spotty beard.)

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,636 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    GunNut said:
    knitepoet said:
    sakodude said:




    Note to Sako....
    Quit pissing off Zorro and MAYBE he'll quit carving Zs on your neck
    ZORRO?!?!?  I thought Zee did that! 😁
    Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Mebbe they're one and the same.

    Zee, you got some 'splainin to do.

    Hmmm, the 'stache looks about right......
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,047 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    GunNut said:
    GunNut said:
    knitepoet said:
    sakodude said:




    Note to Sako....
    Quit pissing off Zorro and MAYBE he'll quit carving Zs on your neck
    ZORRO?!?!?  I thought Zee did that! 😁
    Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Mebbe they're one and the same.

    Zee, you got some 'splainin to do.

    Hmmm, the 'stache looks about right......
    Yep....the pink gives it away all right.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,398 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    knitepoet said:
    sakodude said:




    Note to Sako....
    Quit pissing off Zorro and MAYBE he'll quit carving Zs on your neck
    ZORRO?!?!?  I thought Zee did that! 😁

    might need some height
    See the source image
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • drsfefa1drsfefa1 Posts: 11 New Member
    Heal quickly Mike!
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