A Little Skin Off Of Michael’s Back

Posted by on August 20, 2015
Strange spot on Michael's back

Strange spot on Michael’s back

More than a year ago I noticed a blemish on Michael’s back about the size of a dime.  It was kind of rectangular in shape, rough and skin colored.  A few weeks ago it seemed to have changed color and looked kinda ‘angry’ so we decided to make an appointment with a dermatologist here in Dodgeville.

Cauterizing the wound.  For some reason WordPress is turnin my pics!

Cauterizing the wound. For some reason WordPress is turnin my pics!

The appointment was for September 3 but we got a call on Tuesday saying that they’d had a cancellation and had and opening the following day…which we gladly accepted.

We lived in Dodgeville for 10 years and had used this clinic in the past so we were already in the system and just had to update a little information but check in went smoothly and Michael was called back in nearly record time.

After the procedure...now to let it heal

After the procedure…now to let it heal

We saw, Sarah, a Physician’s Assistant and were both very comfortable with her right away.  After getting some history on the lesion she took a look and thought that it looked like a Seborrheic Keratosis, a benign skin growth that commonly occur as people age.

Sarah gave us two options.  1.  Remove it and then have it sent to the lab to rule out any skin cancer. OR 2.  Just plain remove it and not worry about it.  We went with option 1 to be on the safe side.

She numbed it (Michael didn’t even flinch!) and before I knew it she had the specimen in a tiny jar and was beginning to cauterize the wound to help stop the bleeding.  That was FAST!

While he was there Michael told her about fungus on his toe nails (due to all those years wearing Army Combat boots!) and Sarah noted that he’d been treated 9 years ago but since he was still wearing boots the treatment didn’t take very well.  After taking a peek at his toes she decided to give him a prescription for Lamisil and told him to let his feet air out as much as possible and keeping them warm and moist helps harbor the fungus that causes toe nails to go berserk!

She also took a clipping of his toe nails and those will be sent to the lab for a culture to be done and to determine if there is any other reason for the fungus to be growing.

We should have the results of the biopsy on his back in about a week but the culture for the toe nails will take 3 to 4 weeks.

Amanda had told us that they had free wifi at the clinic so we took our tablets with us and ran any updates on those as well as on our phones while we were there.  That’s one draw back to having internet while living on the road as opposed to living in a sticks and bricks….no unlimited wifi!

By the time we had updated our devices it was 1:00 pm and we were hungry so we decided on lunch at Culver’s.  It had been a long time since we’d had a butter burger and they sure did hit the spot.  We shared an order of fries and an order of onion rings and they were done just right too!

We made a stop at Walmart to pick up a few things before heading home.

We got a nice welcome when we drove in the driveway as the boys and Amanda came out to greet us.  There is nothing better than having a little one run toward you yelling, ‘Nana!’.

How awesome are all of these calendars??

How awesome are all of these calendars??

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I told you about getting a message from a gentleman that was making a calendar for the soldiers at Ft. Hood and he wanted to use one of the pictures my blog post from 3 years ago?

Close up of my picture that they used of the Bernie Beck gate at Ft. Hood

Close up of my picture that they used of the Bernie Beck gate at Ft. Hood

He sent us 16 calendars and we received them yesterday!  There are 4 different designs, 2 of which have my picture on them and 8 of the calendars are Julian calendars…pretty cool, eh?  Here’s a LINK to the original post with the picture and a LINK to me telling you about his contacting us if you’re interested.

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