Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Selfies

I used to have really good skin. Well, my body skin, that is that what is not exposed to the sun is very smooth and clear, but not so the areas that are exposed to the sun. I went to R's ex doctor who moved practice for my skin to be checked. He says he has an interest in the subject of skin cancer and denies he is an expert. Nevertheless, he knows what he is talking about about and has a surgery set up to cut and dissect. Other people use rip off specialists and skin cancer clinics. I am only paying GP rates.

He cut a chunk out of the side of my face. I may be exaggerating about it being a chunk, but I needed two or three stitches, and a chunk out of my hand. They will be tested for malignancy.

One suspicious mark was on my cheek and the other on my left hand. I've already had two areas removed in the past. So here are my selfies.


The bandage is for one day only, to reduce bruising. The waterproof patches are for four days. Stitches out in ten days. It is just terrific growing old.


29 comments:

  1. I'm guessing that if you've already had two removed then the chances are pretty good that the new recent removals will be benign also Andrew.. When will you know?

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    1. A couple of days, Grace. I am not concerned but my hand hurts a bit.

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  2. The worrying part is still being able to get skin cancers through our clothes. You would be surprised how few kids wear sun safe hats in North Queensland .. and schools don't mandate hat wearing. So much for duty of care.

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    1. Hat wearing is compulsory here. Which it never was.

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    2. Carol, I am more than surprised. I am appalled. From what I notice, schools here are quite firm about hats.

      EC, as it should be.

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  3. I trust you get good results. It was smart to get them taken care of now.
    You're still a 'youngun:)

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    1. Youngun Sandra? Hardly, and problems as you age and cells no longer repairing themselves very well make you feel very old.

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  4. Multiple stitches definitely counts as a chunk. Good luck.

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    1. EC, I hope that is all that needs to be taken. I will see.

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  5. Im living in your skin

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    1. John, you have issues too?

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  6. Goodbye CameraFace, hello ScarFace, sounds so much more butch.

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    1. Jah Teh, you could have said worse, old scar face.

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  7. I used to have beautiful skin, (thanks mum), and discounting scars and wrinkles, my body skin is still good except for the peeling dry patches on my knees. No idea why, but they're permanent, (thanks mum, she had them too). My face is still reasonably good, but the rosacea is wreaking havoc, slowly but surely.

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    1. As you can see River, I have similar issues with rosacea.

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    2. 30+ sunscreen helps, every time you step outside, no exceptions. Also, wine is notorious as a trigger for a flareup.
      my own triggers are anything hot such as curry and chilli, also too much caffeine.

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    3. Actually, I had another look and I don't really have rosacea. I also checked how to pronounce the word. Sister's child Little Jo is always smothered in sunscreen. Not so Niece's Little M and Little Em. Life without curry, chilli and coffee would be boring, but I can't take really spicy as I could when I was younger.

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  8. Forgot to say I hope you heal quickly and the marks are benign. My neighbour P had a chunk removed from her cheek soon after I moved in here, perfectly circular like it was cut with a laser beam and it was left open to heal itself. She wore a small bandage for a few days, but since then it has just been slowly closing by itself. No stitches.

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    1. River, I am not expecting there to be an issue, fingers crossed. I wonder why laser has not been used on me.

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  9. Good luck then, hope nothing is too wrong.
    We all get weird skin as we get older, part of the process of age.
    My husbands late dad always wore a hat that covered his neck (farmer), never went outside without it, he had skin cancers as did his brother in law - wore hat too...so there!

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    1. Margaret, it is very common with farmers and they are the last to see a doctor. I guess the sheer time they are out in the wreaks havoc, hat or not.

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  10. After hearing about the Hawthorn footballer and his skin cancer, I do worry. I spent so much time in the sun as a child.
    I hope your results are all clear x

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    1. Fen, The Roughhead will either be nothing at all, or really bad. Given the media publicity and tears, I fear for the worse for him.

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  11. I've had two excisions from my chest so far.

    My next annual appointment is in a couple of weeks and I suspect there are several new spots to be investigated.

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    1. Great fun, Victor, not.

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  12. Isn't it though, fun to grow old, joints that pop and creak, skin that starts to ripple with wrinkles and show spots, people treating like you don't exist and are now quite irrelevant.

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    1. Strayer, what is interesting is to notice what happens to your body as you age. I find it difficult now to get up off the floor but I can still put my socks on when standing. The invisible older person is a western world problem, not so much in countries when age earns respect.

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