Don't know what to thinkDermatologist appointment this morning:
Me: Lab results should be back. Were the edges of the biopsy clear?
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.