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More Skin Cancer (Cont.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

As far as I know, these are all basal cell skin cancers, which grow slowly. It has been several years since Dr. Albergo froze off the two spots on top of my head, so they have been there a long time. The ones by my eyebrow and on the side of my face are very small. As long as he does the one on top of my head first waiting shouldn't be dangerous (although shaving my head several times can be irritating), and I did put it off two months myself.

The big thing is that with Mohs surgery for a tiny little one you wind up with a hole about the size of a quarter before it is sewn shut. I can't imagine how he will get enough scalp to cover the one on my scalp even if the first ring doesn't show any cancer spreading beyond it. If there are two rings I may wind up shaving my head pretty much forever.

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TUDI4480 6/26/2011 3:42AM

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I see that you are dealing with some challenges. I'm glad you are following through on a plan to deal with the basal cell areas with a doctor that knows what to do. When I lived in Florida for awhile in the late 80's, I had a spot identified on my upper lip. The doctor did the Moh's procedure on my upper lip and got it all. That is a tremendous advantage. In my case, the scar is whiter than the surrounding skin and so is probably more visible than I would have chosen. But, all things considered, this is a good outcome. I wish you the very best outcomes. I am glad you are following up on this. You're quite right to quote Art Linkletter..."Old age isn't for sissies."

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MS.ELENI 6/24/2011 4:47PM

    Bill hates going to dermatologist. Glad you are getting it done.
Also glad you are back blogging.

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SLEEPYDEAN 6/23/2011 1:10PM

    My mom has had at least half a dozen of the basal cell's removed and just this week had surgery to remove a melanoma spot, so I am familiar with what you are going through.

I can't imagine how painful the ones on the face and head are, sounds like you are strong and will make it through these removals just fine.

All of these instances definitely makes me more dilligent about sun protection.

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MRDPOLING 6/23/2011 12:57PM

    I am sorry to hear about the return of the skin cancer! Hope they get it all this time!

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TUBLADY 6/22/2011 7:11PM

    I hope and pray that you don't have to have mush removed and everything is OK.
Do you ware a hat down in that Florida sun?
You might have to see a plastic surgeon , .
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ELLEN0407 6/22/2011 3:36PM

  i had a melanoma removed from my face. it was alittle smaller than the size of this print...they removed it w/a 1 inch border on each side...OMG! this is on my cheek. then i was 46 and a woman in sales and was very upset...that 1st night i felt like the joker from the batman movies the way my mouth went up and i couldn't close my one eye completely to sleep but w/in 3-4 days my skin stretched and today you wouldnt know i had this done unless i told you and i did not go to a plastic surgeon (i know...i was dumb and lucky) i will pray things go well for you. good luck

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More Skin Cancer

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

While I was fussing with the computer I also shaved my head for a visit to the dermatologist. I was shocked to see three lumpy red circles about the size of a quarter (or maybe a nickel for one). He biopsied just five places (all on the left side of my head) and said he would do the left side first and take on the right side later. It turned out that one of the two spots hidden by hair was a cancer and two of the three tiny little things on the side of my face were. He can't do the first one until August 10, and will do only one Mohs surgery at a time. My first appointment was on June 9, so he won't get to the right side of my head until 8 months after starting the left side, if his backlog stays at two months. He suggested that I come back in four months last time but I said six, and now I figure there will be business for him forever. He has a captive audience.

As Art Linkletter said: "Old age is not for sissies."

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REXTINE1 6/22/2011 3:21PM

    That was the soonest he had an opening. I hope I won't have to wait that long for all of them.

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PASTAFARIAN 6/21/2011 3:33PM

    Why does he want to wait? Why not just do them all at the same time?

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GLC2009 6/21/2011 3:32PM

    yikes, i would have trouble waiting for the surgeries. remove them now!!! i'd be freakin'
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    Wow, you seem to be dealing with this very matter of factly. Wish I could be so cool.

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Computer Problems

Monday, June 20, 2011

I have experienced my first virus. After wiping out my computer I got into safe mode once and ran the antivirus through a complete system scan, but it didn't check as many files as it had before, and it said everything was fine (which it wasn't). I finally took this computer to White Hat Computers, and paid $160 to get rid of the virus and save everything on the computer. I had an external hard drive that backed up all of my personal files, but I didn't want to mess with a new computer if I didn't have to.

After a day and a half I got the computer back, and pretty soon I had three antimalware programs running. Two of them found a couple of viruses the first evening, and more the next day, until the computer crashed again almost exactly 24 hours after I got it back. I was angry enough to format the hard drive and reinstall a bald six year old operating system.

In the middle of all this I rented a post office box and bought a new notebook computer - not the best, but running with a dual core Pentium processor, which is better than the one singe processor I had - a 64 bit processor with a 32 bit operating system.

I don't know how many days it has been, but it looks as if I now have both computers up, configured with all the features I like, and with all the personal files I want. I have two copies of all the programs now - one in the external drive and one in this computer. I had them all in the notebook, but decided that I could live with just two copies. All of the ancient software is up to date, and today I got the 2003 Office, which was at 2007 Office status, updated so that it runs all of my Excel files. There was one that it choked on, and I'm not sure but I suspect that it's close to the 2010 versionnow.

At this point I am running just two antimalware programs and hoping for the best. I never experienced a virus before, and formatting the hard drive caused an amazing amount of work to recover. I hope it's my last experience with this. Now I don't know what to do with the post office box I rented while I was planning to go back to paper and mail.

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    Ouch, sorry for the trouble. Glad to hear you're back up and running.

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TUBLADY 6/20/2011 11:13PM

    Wow, you have had computer problems. At least you know what to do.
I get a problem and I have no idea what to do.
Right now the Wizard web won't post the pictures on the web.
It starts then says not on internet or bad file or something.
It does everything else.
That was my desk computer. Then i got out my lap top and the same problem. I don't understand. I have internet, I'm on line right now.
And how can two different computers experience the same problem?
I guess I'll take the lap top in and see what's up.
Take care, glad your up and running again.
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Yard Work

Monday, June 06, 2011

When I'm out walking by myself I have all these neat ideas for a blog, but when it's time to actually write something my mind is blank. I guess I'm going to have to start making notes to trigger my memory. I have a new notebook started because I lost the one I had been using. That's pretty irritating, and may be an indication of advancing age because I looked in my two shoeboxes, and I even have a note from my fraternity when I was a pledge, telling me where to find pigeon droppings between Christmas and New Years. And I did find it. Since I have records all the way back to Case, I suspect that Alzheimer's is creeping up on me.

I mowed the grass this morning, ran the weedeater around the house, shed, fence, and sidewalk and driveway, and then broke out the blower and got rid of the mess left by the weedeater. This is a pretty neat blower - with the concentrator it puts out a 500 MPH jet of air that I used to clean out the mud and wet leaves in the gutter of our park model trailer porch. I was using it without the concentrator, of course, but I found out it could blow the sand out of the piles of the carpet I used to cover the sand on the east side of the garage. I had no idea how much sand was there until I accidentally hit the carpet just inside the gate. When it rains here it's usually a thunderstorm, and the water brings sand down the hill behind the house, over the sidewalk, and out to the street. Living on a sand dune has been a new experience for us.

After that I had a shower and shave and put on clean clothier, and my back hurt. I couldn't figure out why until I remembered picking up the top of the BW's concrete fountain yesterday, but I can't blame her much because after an hour in a recliner I felt fine again.

The Noble variety of muscadine grapes are still shooting up. Both vines put out three shoots after I cut off the growing tip, and I am keeping two. I did plant one cutting from this vine, pulling off the bottom leaf and leaving two baby ones. We'll see if I get another vine. Here are some picture of the south vine.

This is a view from the south, showing that the vine has two shoots - one nearing the top wire (about four inches to go to be at the 5 1/2 foot high wire) and the other unfortunately too high that I will train back down to the lower wire cable. The second picture is just the first one cropped.

These two show the same vine from the north. You can see the tendril wrapped around the clothesline and the highest tiny leaf if you look closely. It's getting close to a right turn, after which it will have 20 feet to go if the seedless grapes don't show a lot more enthusiasm. Three are sending out new leaves, but they look pretty sick to me. I can't wait to see what happens.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/7/2011 2:00PM

    Your newly thriving grapes are interesting. We had one of the most severe winters in memory here. It killed a lot of the wood on the roses. One of them I had to cut back to the root stock. But, like your grapes, the new growth appears to be in better shape than it was before the setback.

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SUNSHINE99999 6/6/2011 8:15PM

  Good luck with the memory. It's amazing to me sometimes how quickly I can forget something I thought was so important. Hmmm. :)

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MS.ELENI 6/6/2011 7:55PM

    I also will have great ideas on what to blog but then forget when I start to write mine.
Your vines are looking good. My blaclberry vine is coming back. I don't have high hopes for it but will watch it.
I am starting to think my recliner is what is making my hip hurt. Getting older is no fun for our bodies

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Is It The Schools Or The Students?

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Today everything is back to normal. When I click on a browser or link to another page the display goes blink-blink, and I am there. Iím glad Brighthouse fixed the problem.

Our oldest daughter called today and bragged on her Kindle, and said you could check one out of most libraries, so we rushed down to Dunedin to beat their close. We started at 4:30 and made it there by 4:45, which gave us 15 minutes to turn in the old books and get new ones, as well as ask about a Kindle. It turns out the Palm Harbor library has them to loan out (if they are available) but Dunedin doesnít. So tomorrow Iíll stop by our library when itís open and see if I can get on a waiting list if they are all out.

On the way home, the BW had a chore for me in the back yard and was hungry. She didnít want to stop at a regular restaurant, but did want to stop at a Wendyís for a Chile. When we got there, they had a new kind of chicken salad, and she ordered that. I was sure it would make supper, so I ordered one too. They were $7.29 each, plus seven percent sales tax, so I gave the girl a twenty. Before I got my change another girl showed up and said they couldnít make the salads because they were out of strawberries.

Then the BW changed to half of a different salad, and I changed to half of a crispy chicken salad. Those were listed on the board at $3.99 each. I was offered six dollars and some change, which I didnít take. For some reason they said the salads werenít on the register, so I pointed out that each half salad was $3.99, which was a total of $7.98. With 56 cents tax that was a total of $8.54, so I was due a lot more change than six dollars. The manager and the two girls discussed it a little, then the cashier counted out $8.54 to me. At that point I repeated that was what the bill was supposed to be, and I expected $11.46 change.

Right then the fourth person, a boy, piped up and said I was due $6.40 change. I lost it, and just said give me back my twenty. After the third request I did get the money back, and we came home and had the rich home-made chicken soup and a slice of watermelon.

Then I went out to the back yard and disassembled the fountain so the BW could take in the pump to get an identical replacement.

I donít know if the registers were broken or the salads were too new, but the prices were posted and all four of the people behind the counter were at least in high school. When I was in school, we learned arithmetic in the second or third grade Ė addition and multiplication are pretty basic skills. No one offered to take a pencil and paper to work it out Ė they just seemed to want to wing it.

I told the BW afterward that she should have stayed with a small chili and a frosty.

One of our grandsons is in the National Honor Society, and Iím pretty sure he can add and multiply, and all the other grandkids can too. They all attend public schools.

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JIMDAB 6/6/2011 9:33PM

    I've experienced similar situations a lot. It is appalling how ignorant some of these folks are. I think it has something to do with digital watches and velcro shoes :)

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DJ4HEALTH 6/5/2011 11:25PM

    If they don't have a calculator then they don't know how to make the change and that is part of how they teach them at school. Sad to say it but it is the schools and the way they teach the kids now days. They even have them do a journal and they don't have to worry about spelling the words right as long as they write it down.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 6/5/2011 10:33PM

    Students today are not taught how to make change without the use of technology. They can't count back. With the use of the standardized tests, teachers do not have time to teach real applications even though that is what people are told teachers are doing. How do you teach real life applications and thinking if you are going to do a mulitple choice test. And as for the earlier comment of the students missing the only answer that made sense, that follows under test taking skills. It is a shame that teachers are blamed for all that is wrong with the education system when we have no say in what needs to be taught.

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MRDPOLING 6/5/2011 10:23PM

    I think it is a little from column A and a little from column B.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 6/5/2011 10:14PM

    Kids seem to learn math without realizing that there are real life applications. Most kids can get through a "facts" test, but a lot of kids seem to have trouble reasoning out what needs to be done to solve a problem. Last year I watched kids take the annual standardized test. There was a problem that involved putting two groups of items together. It was a multiple choice and only one of the choices was greater than what they started with. I was appalled how many kids missed it.

I honestly think many kids find it all tedious and don't see why it is important. After all, they all know how to use a calculator. Too bad they don't know whether they need to add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve a real life problem.

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MS.ELENI 6/5/2011 8:14PM

    If you really want to mess with their heads give them a bill and correct change. They have no idea what to do. Your experience doesn't surprise me one bit. The young ones today have no idea what a dictionary is either

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