Monday, July 23, 2012

THE SCAR

Such as it is.  The stitches came out of my arm this morning after my recent surgery to remove a squamos cell carcinoma.  If you're queasy about such things, you may want to skip the picture.  But in the interests of full disclosure I'm publishing it anyway.  You can't really tell much about it from the picture but SWMBO says it's about five inches long.  And the lab reports my dermatologist/surgeon got all of the cancer.  Let's hope I never get any more of it.  O.K.  If you're still reading, either brace yourselves or look away.


The nasty looking spot in the center of the scar was caused by a small water blister that formed, apparently as a reaction to the cutting.  Even though it's rosy around it, my doctor says he doesn't think it's an infection but to keep an eye on it.

Now I have to make up a good story for what the scar is from.  The medical assistant who removed the stitches suggested "a shark bite while surfing at Santa Cruz."  I like that.  The only problem is the doc did such a neat job on me the scar will probably just fade away.

11 comments:

  1. It is a good job. It probably will almost vanish. You were lucky.

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  2. I like the shark story but sharks are getting too much negative publicity lately. How 'bout a gator bite? I'll keep my fingers crossed that the doc got it all.

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  3. Thank goodness that is gone! It is a very neat scar.

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  4. Hope all turns out as the doc expects. ;)

    S

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  5. Wishing you well and a permanent recovery.

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  6. Good for you: it was a really young shark, practicing...

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  7. Bruce, you could say a small shark bite.

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  8. Huh - my scar looks worse than your scar :)

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  9. Having such a long scar probably means it was not diagnosed early. I have had two of them removed, along with three basal cell carcinomas but the scars are only an inch or so long.
    Of course, in this country we are very aware of the danger, particularly of melanoma, so we have free skin cancer clinics where a specialist will look you over and operate immediately on any abnormality discovered, all paid for from the public purse.
    I think a knife fight and 'You should see the other guy!' is worthy a try.

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  10. Stafford, the spot was only about the size of a quarter but the doctor said he wanted to go further out to make sure he got all of it.

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