Michele On August – 28 – 2012
In the past 12 hours two friends have asked for an update on my biopsy; so I guess it’s time to tell everyone just what happened. My friend said I should include the post op photos; so I am.
They’re not bloody or anything; but they might make you think. I hope they do in fact.
The Dr. just emailed me the path report yesterday.
But please don’t quit reading now.
Please stay tuned for the informercial. Of course there’s no infomercial- but there is information.
The report I was given after the first biopsy was premature. I was called back a week later and told they needed to go back, remove more tissue and get “better margins”. So 10 days after the first one I went back so they could remove more tissue; but this time it wasn’t just 5 minutes and no stitches.
I guess he wanted to make sure he got it all this time because he took out all he could without needed a skin graft to cover it. He was pulling so tight on the sutures I halfway expected him to put his foot up on the gurney to get more leverage while he stitched.
This time it was 45 minutes and a two layer closing; and when it was done my shin looked like a woodshop project gone wrong. There was now a huge depression in my shin, and the only thing to distract me from the big scoop outta my leg that was the stitches that were there.
The Dr. said “It’ll look better later”.
Who was he trying to kid?
I knew my days as a leg model were over…
But that was OK, just as long as he got it all; and the good news was they he did.
I was sent home and told to stay off my feet for 2 weeks! (Apparently shins are somewhat slow to heal.) I still have another 10 days before the stitches come out. As you can see from the photo I just took the incision is still not completely healed after 10 days. Of course I haven;t exactly been off my feet the last 10 days either.
I hope all this wasn’t TMI; but I have a reason for sharing this.
I was lucky- really, really lucky.
That spot on my leg that caused me all this trouble really didn’t look like much of anything. I’d noticed it many times before but had always decided just not to mention it to my doctor.
I’m glad I finally did.
If I hadn’t things woulda turned out very, very differently in a few months. Of course if I’d mentioned earlier I could still be making the big bucks as a model; but I’m just glad I got smart when I did; because I was uber stupid in the 70′s when I laid out in the sun, rubbing cocoa butter all over myself in attempt to turn myself into a human saddlebag.
I remember how excited I’d be back then to move the strap of my swimsuit to see the just how dark my tan was. Once when I came home from UT with my hair in braids my tan was so dark my mom said I looked like an Indian. That was the same weekend she said “Really Michele, go put on a bra. You’ll thank me later.”
What did she know? She was just my mom…
Not listening to her about the bra was such a mistake; but I see I’m rambling. So back to the subject at hand or in my case leg:
Please, please take charge of your own body. No one knows it like you do; and don’t be afraid to be a mentioner when you see your Dr. He can’t help you if you don’t tell him what’s going on.
Take care of yourself. You deserve it, and so do those that love you.
Michele On August – 28 – 2012