Three month skin check today with Dr. DeBloom at South Carolina Skin Cancer Center. Dr. DeBloom graciously let me chronicle my appointment today with some photos. There was nothing really special about today…it was just another day in the life of a melanoma survivor. As I have mentioned before, we [melanoma survivors] live our lives three months at a time. I always get those same feelings on three month skin check days…nervous, anxious, excited, scared. It is really hard to explain.
So the day begins with some prep work. You ladies can relate. I had to take care of some winter legs, choose the right clothing (easy off and easy on) in case of a biopsy or two, and have the right type of underclothing. When I arrived at my appointment I was, as always, greeted by the receptionist and was asked to complete some necessary paperwork to update my file (which is getting rather voluminous might I add). I waited in the waiting room for about 15 minutes being younger than anyone in the waiting room by approximately 25-30 years. After I was called back to the exam room I was asked by the nurse to sign a procedure waiver in case of biopsies (this is standard procedure for me). This is me after I took off my shoes, shirt and jeans, placed the gown on, and began waiting for my doctor to arrive.
Dr. DeBloom arrived in the exam room, greeted me with a smile and a handshake and the conversation began. We had some concerns about some areas on my back (as always) so this is where the exam/review of my skin began today. He looked at the areas of concern and he did not feel like they were too exciting except for one. He said he was a little (not much) concerned about one of the moles, so he circled it with a pen and said we will take this one off today. As he continued to move around my body (every inch of it to be exact) we chatted and I told him about my new blog and showed him some of the content. He seemed to like it and praised my non-profit awareness efforts. After the exam was complete, the nurse took a photo of the circled mole on my back, he gave me an injection of numbing medicine, and with scalpel in hand sliced the mole off of my back and placed it in a specimen container to send off to pathology. See photos.
I’m a bleeder, so the nurse had to cauterize the area removed before bandaging me up with a pressure dressing. See…
After she bandaged me up, she said I could get dressed and meet her up front for some wound care instructions schweizer-apotheke.de/. By now I feel like I could have written these.
While I was at the front desk checking out, another nurse noticed my AIM at Melanoma t-shirt from the Melanoma Walk last year in Charlotte, NC at Freedom Park. She seemed very interested in it and wrote the website down aimatmelanoma.org. I encouraged her to come with me to the walk this year (Saturday, November 15, 2014) and she said she would love to. YAY…mission accomplished by wearing my t-shirt today.
The nurse then explained the pathology procedure and said she would be contacting me in approximately one week with the results. Now for the worst part of it all…WAITING.