Monday, March 10, 2008

It wasn't skin cancer!

Several years ago a dry patch of skin showed up on one leg; nothing new, and last time when it was the other leg, the dermatologist told me to use the same Aveeno she told my wife to use when she didn't have an active psoriasis outbreak going on. This one showed up on the other leg, had been ok 'til the last few months when it
started changing shape and color. I needed to go get some "skin tags" removed (I had one that got "strangulated" once and that was miserable, so with a dozen under my arms, around my neck, and a few on the back of my legs it was time) and had her check my leg as well. It had been itching madly, which was a good sign I was told, but really wanted to hear it from a professional. She also checked my face, hands and arms as I'm a fair complected and freckled and that's not a good combination. She was telling me that especially with my skin that it's not a matter of "if" but "when" if I live long enough. I didn't tell her I fish...of course I buy tear-free waterproof SPF 50 and start with my bald head when I put it on, but someday it will no doubt catch up with me. My Dad's youngest brother died from it...

Eczema was her diagnosis of my leg!

So, tagless and with a few sample tubes I am home and about to relax for two evenings, as I really didn't want to go to work and sit on the ones on the back of my legs for 10 hours a night! She snipped and cauterized them, and I could if I had to, but I don't so I'm not, lol!

Watched "Sicko" last night...fell very much in love with Tony Benn! I had heard snippets of him a few times over the years, but was really impressed with both his interviews in the film and the "making of" stuff after. Tonight we'll finish the making of stuff on that and I have the first disc of some silent comedies to watch (without Dottie she's already informed me...). A few of them are Keystones I have on tape, but I'm hoping as the cost has come down on restoration that these have been worked on some!

I got up way too early for me, so before Dottie comes home I'm going to take a nap...

I'm smiling just thinking of it!

May the week be kind!

alan

10 comments:

dragonflyfilly said...

phew! - that must have been a bit of a relief?

well, enjoy your "down time" - Naps are always GOOD! (my doctor SAID!)

cheers for now,
pj

p.s. maybe i should have one too, given that I "lost" an hour this weekend!

ryssee said...

WHEW! I got some stuff to get checked out too. Had a semi-malignant mole removed a couple years ago. Hated that.

KellyNerd said...

Yeah for Eczema!

It is starting to frighten me that I know more people that have been affected by "C" than people that haven't...

Another big yeah for naps.

It wasn't until about five years ago that I discovered the beauty of a nap. Who knew what I had been missing!

hugs

KellyNerd said...

Yeah for Eczema!

It is starting to frighten me that I know more people that have been affected by "C" than people that haven't...

Another big yeah for naps.

It wasn't until about five years ago that I discovered the beauty of a nap. Who knew what I had been missing!

hugs

von Krankipantzen said...

Well, um, yay for eczema! It is weird when you celebrate one diagnosis over another but when cancer is in the mix pretty much anything is better than that.

Have a great week!

www.kimmy.cc said...

YAY! I have Psoriasis and it sucks :(

Keep it lubed ;)

robin andrea said...

Glad to hear that it wasn't cancer. That is such a relief. I have had my share of skin problems, and I always use Aveeno. It really does on those dry patches. Enjoy your time off.

Green tea said...

Great news Alan!!
I have had a skin cancer removed from my face,,was afraid there would be scarring, but those guys know what they are doing.
It's me Irish blood!! *smile*

CrackerLilo said...

Oh, I am so glad for you!!!!!

Skin cancer runs in both sides of my family, and I get scared for my pale bald-by-choice beloved when she's outside, too. So I am *really* careful. Thanks for the reminder.

Also glad you got some time off!

Barbara said...

So glad Alan to hear that this wasn't skin cancer. Please tell me that when you are out in the boat you wear a hat? I could really see you in a fetching cap a la Henry Blake of MASH fame - little fish flies tucked around the band - or even a Tilley hat. Keep that lid on sailor, and that's an order! (grin)