New Treatment, Old News


Picato Weed

I did hear from the dermatologist’s office today regarding the visit I made to his office this past week. He had looked at my black toenails and immediately commented: “What did you do to them? Traumatized them?” Of course, he was right, and I told him of the five mile walk the week before the black turned up. He said it will take about a year for them to grow out.

Then he did the skin check, and focused on my forehead. He said he could do more cryo-surgery, but he’d like me to use a cream this time instead. He wrote the prescription – two, actually.  One that he wanted me to use IF my insurance would cover it (called Picato), and the other if the insurance refused the first (because it would cost me about $1,000 as private pay.) He said I would put it carefully on my forehead sites once a day for three days in a row, and that it would work for the next month or so just like cryo-surgery worked, with redness, blisters, crusting, flaking and eventually clearing. And he apologized that it is summer time.

Then he looked at my chin, and said he might have to do cryo-surgery there. I told him that he already had done that. He decided then to do a biopsy instead. The novocaine or lydocaine or whatever-ocaine he uses really burned this time … maybe because it was my chin? Or maybe because it is so beastly hot outside … I don’t know why, but it really burned. I think I almost pulled away from him. But I didn’t, and so the biopsy went off without a hitch, and without a pain.

Today’s phone call told me that my chin site is a squamous cell carcinoma. It was too late to get in touch with the surgeon (I did try, but they had left early, and who would blame them in this heat?) So I will call them Monday, and see if I can get an appointment soon, so that my surgical chin scab and sutures will be during the same period of time as my red blistering scabbing flaking forehead. Because, if I’m going to have a bad-sweaty-hair day, I might as well go for the whole look. This brings me to an even six cancer sites: two, two and two of basal, squamous and malignant melanoma.

In for a penny, in for a pound.

The good news is that my sequel, Multiple Sclerosis, Melanoma and More is well on its way to being ready for publishing. Yay!

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