OK everybody…got any new lumps, “pimples” that don’t act like normal pimples, skin stuff that’s actively changin, getc, etc? This is a heads-up….have them seen by a physician with referral to a dermatologist if deemed “suspicious.”
Yup, I had a fast-growing lump–fast enough at first to convince me that I had a pimple on my nose. It wasn’t. When it didn’t act like a normal pimple (either in appearance or feel) R- insisted I find a dermatologist. I dragged my heels for a week, since the thought of having a “numbing” shot in the nose and then something cut off wasn’t that appealing. Nor was the prospect of driving to a medical office (not the nearest, they had no appointments open until January and I figured sooner was better) and dealing with traffic & road construction and so on. But I did in the end, and yesterday the derm guy looked at it and said ‘Yeah, almost certainly a cancer; we’ll biopsy it and get it off to the lab to find out which kind….”
So now I have had the shot in the nose and the lump mostly removed and sent to a pathology lab, and on the way home broke my diet (yesterday’s anyway) with a brownie bite and a croissant from a supermarket (the rest of same went to R-, who came with me, or are in the freezer for post-weight-loss occasional treats, though depending on the badness of the bad news expected from the path lab, another brownie bite may be a necessary psych lift.) I was told the local numbing stuff would sting (and I’ve had locals before and they always stung like wasps) but this time…no sting. I knew then *for sure* the tissue wasn’t normal. Felt the needle but nothing else but slight pressure. So there we are. Waiting 1-2 weeks for the pathologists to decide which kind of cancer it is, and thus what the “margin” around its remains must be cut out of my nose for safety. And whether any other treatment will be necessary. Can I just say “Ugh!”?
Meanwhile, however, we’ve had another little norther (a dry one this time) , and luckily for me a lawyer’s appointment had to be canceled because they had to attend a funeral (county judge died earlier in the week; the funeral’s today, and lawyers who don’t attend funerals for county judges don’t thrive. They didn’t SAY that, but I knew it from past events. I expect it’s true in other states than Texas, too. I’ve also got an infected toe (a minor injury from several days ago that I didn’t realize had actually made a hole into which germs could go…) so I can’t go out and “walk off” any anxiety about the pathology report. Fortunately (like having a heavy object in each hand) that sore toe is balancing the (not painful today) nose, so I’m not dithering around any more than usual. If the lump is either of the two commonest cancers for location, my age, medical history, it’ll be operable, done and gone, and at my age and total lack of prospects for becoming a top model or movie star…what’s a scar to me? The worst sequelae are likely to be too many visits to a dermatologist’s office and hours wasted driving back and forth on busy roads.
If you get a lump on your nose…get it checked. Same for other locations. Your daily PSA.