Friday, March 5, 2010
Not such good news...my arm
As some of you know, I had 3 little melanomas bubble up on my left arm about 7 years ago. They came up overnight and I took one look at them and my heart sank! Fortunately, I immediately went to my own doctor, Dr. Carol Renke, and she cut them out, sent them in for a biopsy, and they were confirmed as melanomas. I went in for the "deep cut" and we caught them in time. So, when I noticed another little red lump (with no black, however), I went back to my own doctor for a "look-see". She confirmed that it looked like skin cancer and offered to burn it off, but was out of nitrogen. So, yesterday afternoon I went to the dermatologist's office and there they cut it out and are sending it in for a biopsy to determine what kind of skin cancer it is. It is NOT melanoma, so that's a relief. And, being blonde-haired and blue-eyed, I always have to cover up and slater on sunscreen! I always wear my hat and I usually wear a long-sleeved blue denim shirt. I find that a men's large denim shirt is a good fit for me. It is loose enough that I can do my chores and work around the horses. I also have found that sunscreen just doesn't work well around the horses. First, they smell it. Second, most of them are GREASY. Does anyone know one that isn't GREASY? Finally, sunscreens gather all the dust and dirt and hay particles and pretty soon, I look like a scarecrow! So, I prefer a long-sleeved, high necked denim shirt. Denim is a good sunscreen itself and my dermatologist actually said that he prefers clothing to any sunscreen! I LIKE that guy! So, I'm on pins and needles until the results come back. Please send "happy thoughts" my way, if you can. Thank you!