Monday, November 25, 2019

Annual Maintenance Checkup



This morning I had my semi-annual dental appointment at 8 AM for teeth cleaning and a checkup. Good news, the cleaning wasn't too painful and no new issues with the teeth I have left. The only painful part was paying the bill when I left the dental office.

At 9 AM I had an appointment a few blocks away at the medical imaging office. This appointment was for an X-Ray of my abdomen for my appointment with my urologist next week. He's keeping track of my latest kidney stone that is forming in my old, decrepit body. Hopefully we can head this kidney stone off at the pass before it makes its passage through my very tiny little urethra tube thus causing me such unbearable pain that makes me want to exit this early existence. 

Last Friday I had an appointment at my dermatologist. He, or shall I say she (student doctors observing) removed potentially precancerous actinic keratosis formations under my left armpit and lower back.  Waiting in the room for my doctor to evaluate me, he entered with two women, students. Didn't even ask me but just proceeded to evaluate my body which was only covered by one of those flimsy hospital gowns with the open back. I only had my shorts (underwear) on.  I apologized for my sagging body (always an embarrassment these days) while three sets of eyes scanned said body. He informed the students "Mr. Tipton has three choices, we could shave off the keratosis, leave them (to an option because the constantly itch) or burn them off".  "What will it be Mr. Tipton?"  I said "Burn them all off!", which is what I always have done. The "burning" is done with dry ice. And it hurts.  It burns. Smoke happens. But at least I'm not itching any more and I've dead ended any possibility of those skin formations turning into cancer. This is over twenty-five years now I've been having keratosis skin lesions burned off my skin. None on my wrinkled and weathered face this time though. I walked out of my dermatologist's office sorer but relieved that I won't be itching for a few more months until the next visit in May of next year.

I am so thankful that I have medical insurance to cover all these health care expenses and that I have doctors to take care of me to help me survive a few more years.  


6 comments:

Practical Parsimony said...

Are actinic keratosis always precancerous? I have those, and yes they itch! However, anything I say that itches, he burns off. His name is the same as a country music star, so I have had a brush with fame.

Mike, Studio City said...

We just returned home from our dental visit.
we are in good shape also.
Hope you will have an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Mike and Glenn

Ur-spo said...

You will bury us all.

Ron said...

Practical Parsimony,
No, actinic keratosis isn't always precancerous. I've had them since 1986, always had them burned off. I wonder what I would look like or even if I would be alive today if I hadn't had them burned off. So far no skin cancer although both my brother and my mother had skin cancer. What is the name of your doctor? Willie Nelson? Just guessing (smile).
Ron

Ron said...

Mike,
Best wishes to you and Glenn also for your holidays!
Ron

Ron said...

Ur-spo,
I can't picture myself outliving all of my contemporaries but so far I have outlived many of them, more than I ever thought I would. I do have a had time picturing a world without you in it though. I wouldn't be very happy in that world.
Ron