on my shoulders,
makes me happy."
this is my blog
First little history.
Back in high school , I discovered that if I got a little sunburned- a
nice shade of bright pink- the my acne didn't show up as much, and
maybe even helped 'dry it up'. Anyway- several of my pics back
then showed me as bright to dark pink. I never seemed to really
tan. Danish/English background.
Right out of high school I joined the Coast Guard, an after boot camp,
got the choice assignment of Hawaii! And with an occasional trip to
Alaska, and going to school there, I spent 7 years before
deciding to go back home to get educated. (BYU-Hawaii was too
much fun.) (Zoobie!)
Anyhoo- my first day there off, I got off the bus at Ala Moana
park and headed for the jetty. And saw how incredibly beautiful a
local gal's skin was. (Gal- a mother with a couple kids)
Wow! What a gorgeous, glowing, brown
color! I've been jealous ever since. And tried ever since
to come close-- silly me.
Several years back in Utah desert country- but hanging around lakes and
pools, got married, visited Florida and NY, then got a job
in NC and found a place near the beach first in KB then in CB.
Similar to Hawaii a good part of the year. Fishing. Boating
(CG). Long walks. Bike rides. On the beach.
My tribute to the Lifeguards. Gee, what a job. Uniform is a swim
suit, getting paid to get in shape-- morning run, swim,
exercises, then sit
in the sun all day, and sometimes get to be a hero. What a
life. Poor things- already getting sun damage.
So- somewhere a while back a doctor wanted to check out a freckle
on my shoulder (had lots of them!) but this one did turn out to be
melanoma. Surgery- about a 6 inch scar on my shoulder.
Chemical treatments (burns!). Liquid Nitrogen (burns!). 15
more surgeries for squamus cell -- I look like I lost most of my
sword-fights. A chemical peel (burns!) First a leg and arm, then
other leg and arm and face. The face heals a lot quicker this way
then a month of cream treatments. I've used Eufadex, Carac, and
Aldara . They all hurt.
||This was a while back- Eufadex
treatment. I think the pics were a week or so apart
toward the end. Takes a 3 or 4 weeks to hit max, then another 2
or 3 weeks before
it heals well enough to look human again. Not sure if they are in
order. But you get the idea.
It hurts. Takes lots of Vaseline to keep face from cracking and
Lessee- both ears, forehead, back of neck- I figure I'm
entitled to wear a hat from now on (Tilley!). Shoulder, chest, ribs,
upper back, lower back, upper arm, thigh, knee, shin, shin, shin,
shin.(I wonder why?)
LL- stitches not out
UR- a stitch is 'spitting'
Old one- mostly gone.
She looks hot! (Pun intended)
Back to the doctor for regular skin check.
The peel did make everything look much cleaner, but there were 3 things
that stood out, so they took a sample, one a dark freckle thats
always been there, a spot on my elbow, and a crusty spot on my other
shin. Well- wait a few days and see what happens.
The ones on the lower legs are worst- only because you have stay off
your feet for a couple days (if possible). Hurts to walk.
Summer schedule- every morning try for 12 miles on the bike- Big
hat, big shirt, big pantaloons (black karate pants), bike gloves, and
sandles. And sun-spray. Starting to get warmish, tho.
Might go back to my rash-guard swim shirt.
Well- got the news-- the freckle on my back was 'wierd', but
ok. My elbow and shin were positive. The elbow is small- should
be no problem. The shin, I think, is going to hurt. Big crusty
spot that's gonna have to be cut out. Should be hearing from my
plastic surgeon soon.