MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!
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GRANA here;  In the last few months, a painful often itchy skin condition , thought to be shingles by others wating at thedentist's office. MyPCP tried anRx cream that if used daily clears it up
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Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/3/2013 1:35 PM EDT
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Nicki, the tube is over the hole in my forehead, they want to keep it open until the plastic surgeon can close it with his magic, and they also want to keep it open to assure the biopsy is OK.  They decided to use the wound vac to keep it in tact.  Otherwise, they would have had to do a skin graft, and then perhaps the plastic surgeon would have had to do another skin graft. I would have had holes in both my hips.  It seemed like the best solution to both doctors, and who am I to argue with them. Went back to the surgeon today, and he took off the dressings on both sides of my face.  I feel a little more normal, but I still have the vac in my forehead.  I even was able to put my pierced ear rings back in.  Now I go back on Friday. The surgeon was pretty happy with how I am healing, so I guess that is good, and is hopeful that the biopsy will be back by Friday. My daughter in law bought me a big floppy hat which works as the perfect camouflage.  The hat plus dark glasses seems to make me more presentable and also gives me an air of mystery!!  LOL Judy, good idea to have that spot checked out early!!  I already have another appointment with my dermatologist in August....just to make sure nothing else has popped out!!
Posted by Barbara B


I have never heard about doing that to keep the wound open.  But the progress that medicine makes is amazing. 
And if this gives your plastic surgeon a better chance to give you good results it is well worth the  inconvenience that you have for now. 

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/3/2013 9:24 PM EDT
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GRANA here; Today  I saw the dermatologist who removed the skin cancer; local shot, no pain  felt even now 6 hours after procedure...
I don't have to see him again for 12 months; too bad, he's a nice guy,Intelligent &  well spoken; hubby likes him too and feels he's a very skilled surgeon; hubby's regular  derm says this guy is the " best" and helped me get a faster  than usual appt.
 No shower for  me for 24 hours : be glad we are not together for awhile...I took a shower  yesterday but on a hot & humid day more than 12 hours is too long between bathing :/>)

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/3/2013 10:21 PM EDT
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Glad your procedure went well, Ann.  I sympathize with no shower situation.  I was happy when the surgeon took off the bandages on my neck, as I was finally able to use our hand held shower attachment....at least on my body.  Can't touch the neck or forehead yet.  I wonder when I will able to wash my hair.  My plastic surgery will be a week from  Friday, so it may be a while.  So, far I'm going over my hair with a wash cloth.

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/4/2013 8:31 AM EDT
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Glad your procedure went well, Ann.  I sympathize with no shower situation.  I was happy when the surgeon took off the bandages on my neck, as I was finally able to use our hand held shower attachment....at least on my body.  Can't touch the neck or forehead yet.  I wonder when I will able to wash my hair.  My plastic surgery will be a week from  Friday, so it may be a while.  So, far I'm going over my hair with a wash cloth.
Posted by Barbara B


Barbara, so glad you're doing well with this
check at pharmacies or on-line         they do have products   that you can use to clean your hair without water      I don't know if you could use it around your wound     but maybe the rest
you just need to read the literature  on it  and ask your dr
it is very uncomfortable to not be able to wash

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/4/2013 9:53 AM EDT
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GRANA here; Today  I saw the dermatologist who removed the skin cancer; local shot, no ain felt even now 6 hours after procedure... I don't have to see him again for 12 months; too bad, he's a nice guy,Intelligent &  well spoken; hubby likes him too and feels he's a very skilled surgeon; hubby's regular  derm says thisguy is the " best" and helped me get a faster  than usual appt.  No shower for  me for 24 hours : be glad we are not together for awhile...I took a shower  yesterday but on a hot & humid day more than 12 hours is too long between bathing :/>)
Posted by ann h

Glad all went well. 
24 hours will go by pretty fast. 

Just think back to the days when baths or showers were a 1X a week event and not a daily or sometimes more routine. 

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/4/2013 9:51 PM EDT
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Hi NIKKI P;
GRANA here;
 Yes; we are all spoiled w/ our daily  bathing rituals and it is difficult to  not be able to , especially in this hot humid  weather; Tomorrow AM I will  celebrate  by taking Smile  a shower &   washing my hairCool

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/5/2013 1:48 PM EDT
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Just wanted everyone to know the good news.  All biopsy samples were clear.  No cancer in any of the samples that were taken, even the ones around the original melanoma.  Needless to say we are very happy and relieved.  I still have the "pod" on my forehead, but it will come off next Friday when I have plastic surgery to repair the hole in my forehead.  Thanks for all your good wishes!

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/5/2013 4:29 PM EDT
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Just wanted everyone to know the good news.  All biopsy samples were clear.  No cancer in any of the samples that were taken, even the ones around the original melanoma.  Needless to say we are very happy and relieved.  I still have the "pod" on my forehead, but it will come off next Friday when I have plastic surgery to repair the hole in my forehead.  Thanks for all your good wishes!
Posted by Barbara B

Hip-hip hooray! hip-hip hooray!
so glad that the results are negative. 
best wishes for next Friday. 
Make sure you get a good supply of sun screen.  I know you will be using it anyway but I was told by the Dr. that did my foot that the scar area needs to be protected so the scar does not get worse.  I guess if the area gets a tan the scar line intensifies. 
I have tried to do that several times but I more often forget.  I remember when I am half way done with the day.  Then I think...who am I kidding it's a foot of a 58 year old woman.  My foot will not win any beauty contest so who cares if I notice a thin line down my big toe. And I doubt anyone else will ever notice.  No one has been that close to my toes in a very long time. (except the last woman that gave me a pedicure and I am sure she has seen much worse)

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/5/2013 5:06 PM EDT
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Just wanted everyone to know the good news.  All biopsy samples were clear.  No cancer in any of the samples that were taken, even the ones around the original melanoma.  Needless to say we are very happy and relieved.  I still have the "pod" on my forehead, but it will come off next Friday when I have plastic surgery to repair the hole in my forehead.  Thanks for all your good wishes!
Posted by Barbara B


Praise God -- prayers answered.  What great news to hear today!!

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/6/2013 9:38 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
 Pain comes &  goes; wound care hurts but relives some pain...it is beginning to dry up &  looks like  it's beginning to heal.Smile

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/10/2013 10:51 AM EDT
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GRANA here;  Pain comes &  goes; wound care hurts but relives some pain...it is beginning to dry up &  looks like  it's beginning to heal.
Posted by ann h

Glad to hear that you are starting to heal.
So...how did that shower feel after a long 24 hours? 

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/12/2013 7:31 PM EDT
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Had my plastic surgery today, and I'm home already. So nice to be rid of the"pod" or wound vac that was on my forehead. Have some pain, but the doctor gave me some pills to help.. May have some swelling for the next few days , but I am soooo happy to be done with the cutting. Dr. Said I will only have a wrinkle on my forehead, but I have those already anyway! Time to grow out bangs!

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/12/2013 7:57 PM EDT
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Had my plastic surgery today, and I'm home already. So nice to be rid of the"pod" or wound vac that was on my forehead. Have some pain, but the doctor gave me some pills to help.. May have some swelling for the next few days , but I am soooo happy to be done with the cutting. Dr. Said I will only have a wrinkle on my forehead, but I have those already anyway! Time to grow out bangs!
Posted by Barbara B

Make sure you take the pain meds.  I was told by a nurse once before surgery that I must take the pains meds as the body heals better and faster if it is not in pain. 
So don't feel like you want to be strong or you don't need them. Take them and have a good night sleep. 

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/12/2013 9:56 PM EDT
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Had my plastic surgery today, and I'm home already. So nice to be rid of the"pod" or wound vac that was on my forehead. Have some pain, but the doctor gave me some pills to help.. May have some swelling for the next few days , but I am soooo happy to be done with the cutting. Dr. Said I will only have a wrinkle on my forehead, but I have those already anyway! Time to grow out bangs!
Posted by Barbara B

So glad to hear from you -- so glad to hear such good, progressive news. 

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/24/2013 8:19 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
 My biopsy wound site is healing nicely, the area has risen to the height of the skin around it;  no more daily peroxide roxide &  vasoline treatement for severaldays already, This morning' shower did not turn the area into yellow mush as happened last week;I justair dry  the area &  though darker than the area around it it is not too unsightly; looks like a vaccinaton area
; no pain or discomfort  at allSmile

Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/24/2013 8:28 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
Hi BarbareB;Thanx for sharing your good news. It is good to remember that time goes by/moves on in both good times & bad; be greatful for each stag's  better times .I try to do this every day & find it helpsme tgget through the more difficult times




to know the good news.  All biopsy samples were clear.  No cancer in any of the samples that were taken, even the ones around the original melanoma.  Needless to say we are very happy and relieved.  I still have the "pod" on my forehead, but it will come off next Friday when I have plastic surgery to repair the hole in my forehead.  Thanks for all your good wishes!
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Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/24/2013 8:37 PM EDT
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HI NIKKI P;
GRANA here;That shower& shampoo felt every bit as good a I had hoped it would; repeated i t again today ....It is difficult to get my paralyzed leg into the shower bt  it's worth it t in the end ; I feel so cool & clean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/24/2013 8:37 PM EDT
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HI NIKK P;
GRANA here;That shower& shampoo felt every bit as good a I had hoped it would; repeated i t again today ....It is difficult to get my paralyzed leg into the shower ut it's worth it t in the end ; I feel so cool & clean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Re: MORE MEDICAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL with!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted at 7/25/2013 7:36 AM EDT
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 my friends mom been in the hospital from the heat .
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