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I got my last sutures removed today. Although my exercise is still limited for another week, I did get my doctor's OK to ride a stationary bike, so I just did. It's been three weeks since I last exercised, so I took it easy, but it felt good.


Apr. 21st, 2010 07:04 pm
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I just got a message from my doctor. Apparently, all three biopsies came back "benign but irregular. Very irregular." Which means that I have to go to another doctor and have three excisions, which involve removing the nearly-healed-by-now areas where the biopsies were taken, plus areas of surrounding skin. Excisions are somewhat painful and very inconvenient, especially since I can't exercise for at least two weeks afterwards to prevent ripping the skin open.

On top of that, having gone three for three, she wants to see me again in a month to make sure she didn't miss anything.

This is, of course, far from the worst result I could have got, but it's really annoying nonetheless.
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A little over 20 years ago, I had a melanoma removed. It was small and superficial, and ultimately harmless, but it means that I'm at risk for another one. So now, every four months, I get looked over by my dermatologist. And because of my history, she whips out the scalpel and specimen container whenever I show up with anything out of the ordinary. It's probably the best approach, but that doesn't mean I like it.

Like this afternoon, for example, when she biopsied three moles, which may be a personal record for a single dermatologist visit. It hurts only a little bit, but it's annoying, especially because I now have three small wounds that will demand attention for the next few days. ("Did that band-aid come off? Where's the bacitracin?")


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