Thursday, July 16, 2009

A piece of your Ear

Last week I went to the dermatologist with the expectation of finding something out about the recurring skin eruption that result either from the failing kidney or the heart pressure medications (I was going to say drugs but would be politically incorrect; drugs are bad, medication is good)

I have eruptions aplenty: the backs of my lower legs, two spots on my back (precisely placed to be unreachable to scratch), a spot on my belly where the catheter was after the operation to remove the kidney, a warty like spot or two on my left torso, a couple in unmentionable places, the outside of both ankles and a lump on the back of my neck.

None of these concerned the dermatologist, he was much more interested in my ears (eat your heart out Spock), in particular a spot on my right ear. This lead to an instant biopsy under local anesthetic - a piece of my ear removed - leaving me with the fashion statement pictured; very Spock like.

Today the results came back
(by email as requested )

Hi Rob,
Just a brief note to follow-up on your biopsy result.
This has come back showing a condition called Bowen's disease, which will unfortunately need further treatment.
Although this condition is not cancer, these spots have the potential to change into a certain type of skin cancer.
Therefore, we need to treat it to ensure that it does not transform into something nastier.

What? Nastier than a single dysfunctional polycystic kidney?

As I said earlier about all the work up tests for a transplant "...but what if they find something we didn’t know about and probably don’t want to know about." Now they have I think I'll rephrase it. " ...but Murhpy's law says if they go looking they're bound to find something I didn't want to know about."

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