|This morning at the Medical Arts Building|
7:15 a.m. this morning, slice and dice time for Ron. Yes folks, this morning I continued to pay the price for all those years of baking on the beach working on my tan.
7:15 a.m. was the time of my appointment with my dermatologist. During my full body scan two weeks ago he found two suspicious spots on me. One on my right cheekbone and the other on my right knee. This morning my dermatologist sliced off both of the offending patches of skin for a biopsy.
The first part of the procedure are needles in the offending patches of skin. This is the part of the procedure that really hurts. And hurt it did.
|This is when I show my age, right before a medical procedure|
|The first biopsy taken|
|I have my running shoes on. Can't run away from this.|
He's done a lot of slicing and dicing on my since I've been in Delaware. This morning's procedure was done because he was concerned that the offending patches of skin were uneven and could be a precursor to melanoma. That's one cancer you don't mess around with.
|This is as close as I get to looking at my own blood|
|Tammy gets ready to clean me up and give me instructions - no bath for 24 hours - I'm gonna smell ripe this time tomorrow|
|I've had more work done on me these past 12 months than I've had the entire previous 72 years of my life - I may be falling apart - I feel like an old car that has to keep being patched up to keep it running|
I'm done now. Bill was waiting for me downstairs in the lobby. He never goes into the dermatologist's office with me. We head out in the cold (9 degrees) frigid air and home and warmth. Another hurdle accomplished. What's next?
|Procedures done, I can smile now|