Sunday, April 22, 2012
So...I am sure you have heard the radio song/epitaph about wearing your sunscreen. It is more advice to the young ones on life and their path forward after high school graduation. Well...nearly 20 years after high school graduation...I have a more important lesson for myself and others. It isn't about professional or academia lessons. It's about being smart any time the sun will kiss your skin. It doesn't matter what time of year it is. Sure...we figure the sun is hottest/most dangerous in the Summer (depending on where you live) because of the heat in the atmosphere. However, the sun is closer to us in Winter. Thankfully, we probably have more layers on at that time to protect us.
I'm a pasty Irish Caucasian gal, and I have worn plenty of sunscreen. But did my parents know that it loses its usefulness after two hours? Likely not. They threw up an umbrella. They had the sense to throw and old school long sleeved t-shirt on me if I got a bad burn. And I thank them for that.
I decided that the time my regular primary care doc might spend on me (and what they were really seeing) was not sufficient, so I saw a dermatologist in March. They immediately did biopsy on two spots and one spot was a moderately abnormal mole. The doc recommended that it be removed, and preferably prior to swimming/beach time. So I had a procedure last week. I now have about a 2 inch incision (sutures plus stitches) on my back. The first 48-72 hours were not fun. I hurt a lot.
My husband still needs to go as well, and I hope it will instill in my kids to be careful also. I may get them looked over to be safe.
So now...with healthy knees...I have limitations on what I can do because every bit of lifting and movement will disturb where my lovely husband is changing the gauze twice a day until May 10th. It really stinks and I don't need to be limited like this when keeping close/at my goal weight is important. I know it will pass, but I am frustrated.
Please use sunscreen regularly!