on my shoulders,
makes me happy."
hello- this is my blog- more or less.
Warning- Icky stuff on this
page. If you are squeamish- don't scroll down- you may
not sleep nights. (I don't.)
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, and 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 there before
deciding to go back home to get educated. (BYU-Hawaii was too
much fun.) (BYU-Provo- -Zoobie!)
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. Actually could work up a good
tan- for a while. Skin like leather now.
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. Oh yes- even did tanning
booths a few times. Beaches in Lake Tahoe and San Diego and San
Fransico. Been around. Sunburn!
hot!) (pun intended)
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. But
they do look quite -- athletic. I'd pay to work out with them. oof.
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 Efudex, Carac, and
Aldara . They all
hurt. I think we are going to try continuing but occasional Aldara
treatment next. I'll let you know.
||This was a few years back- Efudex 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
Have done arms and upper chest also.
So- within the last few months....year or less. (08-09)
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?)
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.
Well- Had the surgery last Monday- it's been a week
now. End of next week I can get the stitches out. I already
have itches in the stitches.
To make matters worse, I've aquired an allergy to sticky tape.
Anytime they use tape on a bandage, within couple days I start having
rash- so we've discovered a mesh sleeve works best to hold bandage in
place whiles it's healing. Clean with peroxide twice daily. Mupirocin.
I took the first couple shots- then
decided I didn't have a good view, so let the nurse take a few
shots. I think she enjoyed it.
Surgery pics- icky stuff! You've been warned!
Marking the area- shots.
The chunk removed.
stretched and stitched.
The pain-killer shot also has epinephrine in it- which constricts
arterioles in the skin- making it bleed
less. Don't pull your stitches, you'll be ok.
Next-- new pics.
They say dog owners start looking like their dogs. Mine got
attacked by a pack.
2 or 3 weeks later.