Operation (latest)

So yesterday I had my post-op follow-up with the consultant.
The results of the tests on the lump that they removed confirmed it WAS a rodent ulcer (Basal Cell Carcinoma) and that they managed to completely excise it.
So, in the words of the consultant, “We would say that you are now cured”.

While he said that I might never see another one, as they don’t spread, that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t get another, so just to take care in the sun, plenty of high factor lotion, and at least now, I know what to look for, and can get checked out sooner if anything odd appears.
He also said that the damage that caused it might not have been recent, it could have been due to sun damage when I was a lot younger, and it’s just taken years to manifest.

The scar has healed nicely, so I’ve got a war wound to spin tall tales about now. (see below)


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So I had my operation.  It was done as an out patient, under a local anaesthetic.
I have to say, the worst part was the anaesthetic, and only because I’m a coward when it comes to needles.  It really was painless and easy.

All in, I was in and out in about 1/1.5 hours, it wasn’t long.

Last week I got the stitches out, and the worst part of that was the dressing coming off.  (think large plaster over chest hair!)
They put another dressing over the scar (about 65mm long, so reasonably impressive), and I’ve to keep that on for 10 days.  After that, it’s just a case of moisturising the scar to help keep it as supple as scar tissue can be.

If you have any blemishes that you are the least concerned about, get it checked out, it might be nothing, but if you think it could be, the peace of mind knowing it isn’t is worth it.
If it is something, then you’ve started the processes to get it sorted, and better getting it over and done with.

IMG_20190827_065307This is the basal cell carcinoma prior to surgery (about the size of a penny)


Post surgery.  11 stitches.  The incision was about 65mm to ensure it was all removed.

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Life of late

Not posted in a while.  A thing has been happening.

I had a blemish on my chest, and went to the GP, who said he didn’t know what it was.  He got a colleague in who didn’t either, and asked if I’d burned myself.
Now, I think I might remember burning my chest, so that would be no.

I was sent off with a steroid cream, and an appointment to go back 2 weeks later.  If it didn’t clear they would refer me to dermatology.

2 weeks later and no change, so an appointment was made for me at a hospital to see a dermatologist, who took one look and said “It’s a basal cell carcinoma” then expalined why I shouldn’t freak out, and that it was a case of removing it.  He booked me in for a biopsy to confirm, and off I trotted with an information sheet about what it was and how it was treated.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I was back for the biopsy.  I’m a wuss with needles so wasn’t looking forward to it, but it was quick, painless and easy, and I got the first stitches I’ve ever had.
A week later the stitches were removed at the GP surgery.  Again, painless and easy.

I got a letter in a for an appointment with a consultant at another hospital, and 2 weeks ago, I went along to see him.  He had a look, said it was small and would be easy to remove.  Talked me through what would happen and made me feel at ease.

I have an appointment for my surgery (out patient, done under a local anaesthetic) at the end of the month.  I plan to take before, stitches in, and stitches out, photos.  I’ll have my first surgery scar (go me!)

The point of this post is, if you see a skin blemish, get it checked out.  It could be nothing, it could be something.  The reality of it being something is nowhere near as bad as you build it up in your head, and if it’s nothing, you’ve been stressing yourself needlessly.

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Quick question for the yogi’s

This last week I’ve been a bit achey. Holding my arms up in Warrior 2 was making my upper arms ache, and yesterday, doing vinyasas, I struggled not to faceplant onto the mat!

After last night’s class I was talking to someone, and they said it’s probably not the upper arm muscles, but my shoulder muscles, that are stiff, and my arms are compensating, hence the achey arms.

The question is, does anyone have any recommendations for any exercise to loosen off stiff shoulder muscles?

Any advice gratefully accepted.

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In the words of The Clash

it’s time to “cut the crap*”.

I need to cut out/reduce the amount of sweets and rubbish I eat. It’s not even hunger. It’s usually when it’s a slow day, and I walk to the vending machine in work just to get away from the desk and stretch my legs.
Seriously, I don’t need to go from a lunchtime yoga class, back to my computer, via the snack machine. It’s a bad habit and it ends today.

(*Cut the Crap is possibly (ok definitely) the worst album The Clash recorded. A record so bad, that they basically disowned it. A very appropriate title if you ask me.)

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On Saturday we were out for a meal with a friend who runs the karate club I go to (although I’ve not been since September as it doesn’t feel “right” for me at the moment. Hopefully it will again), and a filling dropped out. Problem was, I only realised when I bit on it, and broke off a second one.
Managed to get an appointment yesterday and got them fixed, so everything is ok tooth-wise again.

Last night while lying watching tv, my throat started to feel scratchy. I tried nipping it in the bud. First with Lemsip, and then followed that up with a hot toddy (whisky, sugar and hot water, with some cloves popped in for good measure.)
Seems to have helped a bit. It’s still not right, but it isn’t as bad as last night, and there’s no discolouration in my phlegm, so that’s good.

I’m basically in a state of meh today. I booked into the lunchtime yoga class as usual, even though I’m not feeling it today. Hopefully this will snap me out of the funk I’m in. I was planning to longboard into work today. The weather is stunning and I’ve no excuse other than I don’t have any enthusiasm today. Hopefully the good weather will hold out for a bit longer.

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