Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Don't know what to think
 Dermatologist appointment this morning:

Me:  Lab results should be back.  Were the edges of the biopsy clear?

Dr:  Nope.  

Me:  Oh, great.  Now what?

Dr:  I think that I got all of it.  Let's continue to treat the area with Alvara (topical treatment designed to remove pre-cancerous growths and eliminate basil cell carcinoma).  Time will tell.

Me:  So, how will I know if time will tell?  Will the lesion surface if it continues to grow?

Dr.  It's likely that it won't surface and that it will burrow further into your nose and into your respiratory system.  That's if it comes back and we don't detect it.

Me:  What about surgery?

Dr:  You wouldn't like that.  It would leave you with a huge dent in your nose and scarred.  Surgeons operating on this area tend to take more than they should.  Stupid practice but nonetheless it's done more frequently than not.  It would not be pretty.  If it were me I'd do what's just been recommended.  Ointment.  Watch the area carefully.

There's no choice but to play the hand that's just been dealt unless I go under the knife.   Honestly, I don't know what to think or what to do.  It's hard to fathom how such a small thing can become life threatening.



I'm on them.

The photo:  Taken professionally of Wifey and Gracie.  They're sitting on the boat having another one of their girl to girl conversations. 



Joker_SATX said...

I am praying that the medical profession gets their shit together and gives you some viable options....

La Roo said...

I read this post last night and just can't stop thinking about you. In reality a dent and a scar on the shnoze is frivilous compared to it going to other areas. If it would be that bad, couldn't we do plastic surgery of some kind? My moms friend got the tip of her nose bit off by a horse and they were able to reconstruct it. I know that sounds funny but I'm just saying there has to be options. Make sure you get a second opinion. One of the most important questions to ask any doctor is... .what would they do if it was their brother or loved one? That helps sometimes in decision making...just sometimes. Reseach the heck out of it, because there are always new things out there and alternatives that are just as helpful.
Sorry for my ramblings, just concerned.
Take care Bob.

La Roo said...

You ok?

Bob said...

Joker: Thanks.

Laroo - it's all good here. Second opinion time is coming. Thanks for caring.

Max said...

Shoot, Dad... take care. Good on ya for getting a second opinion, but I have to respect what the doc is saying.

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