Earlier today I had my biopsy done.
It’s my second go at this so I initially wasn’t too nervous. Sitting in a cold waiting room can take its toll on a girl.
I kid you not.
Normally my doctor sees me pretty fast, but today she must have been running behind because I had to wait for about an hour in the waiting room. Which of course made me very anxious? I snapped pics to try and zone out. Listening to Blue October definitely helped.
In the end my doctor removed two samples from two different moles that looked wonky to her. Since I am a melanoma survivor she is sending my samples to a lab that specializes in skin cancer. She and I are most concerned about their location. They are on the same side and in the general area of my back where the last one was. Any weird looking mole on my body is going to be concerning in general however because “once you’ve had melanoma, there is a chance that it will come back—either near the original tumor or at a different place on the skin”, makes us both a little nervous.
I’m very lucky to have an awesome doctor. I’m actually very scared about having to go back to seeing the doctors at a military treatment facility (but that is an entirely different post-one I am in no mood to write about now-or anytime in the near future.) If it does turn out to be positive I’ll have to go have the actual mole removed for staging. Then that will determine the next step. Depending on how deep it is determines how much surrounding skin is removed. Right now I’m not thinking about that – I’m just waiting for the results.
I did come away with five whole stitches and as an added bonus my son thinks I’m “way cool!” He has yet to experience the pleasure known as stitches. He can’t wait to get some of his own-preferably from a skateboarding injury.
I meanwhile am thanking my lucky stars that he hasn’t injured himself in such a way as to necessitate stitches!
Now it’s just a “wait and see” scenario.
In the meantime I’m considering moving to Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the weather in Seattle is pretty much, rain, rain, and more rain right? Someplace generally un-sunny is exactly what I need. I really want to live in Europe for a bit and up until now had my heart set on either Spain or Italy- but the weather there is generally warm…right? How’s the weather in England? Cold, rainy most of the time eh? I dunno. I’ll have to do some Googling.
Oh…After my appointment I went for a little retail therapy at a few local consignment shops. I scored a vintage Izod jacket and a jewelry box as well as some books. I only paid $20. After I went to CVS and got some new nail polish. (I’ll share the colors with you later – but my new favorite is actually a favorite color of mine (see my shirt in this photo for a general idea of the color.) As a little treat I pampered my tootsies and am happy to tell you that they are perfectly prim at the moment. The hubs cooked an amazing lunch (he also vlogged it so you can be sure that will be up soon.)
In all my day had some good high points and some serious low points which included a little heartache.
Love & Sunblock,
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