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An Amazing Day

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The day after Thanksgiving I got to the Dermatologist's office at 8 AM to have a Basal Cell Carcinoma removed from my right temple. At 8:30 I was called in to the surgical room, the nurse gave me a local anesthetic and the surgeon removed a layer and off it went to their in house lab for processing. I spent an hour and a half in the waiting room or walking around the parking lot and doing stretching. At 10 I went in for round two and then back to the waiting room. I then called my wife to give her a progress report as I walked. At 1030 I was called in for round three. Then it was back to the waiting room and a walk and a phone call. At noon they served lunch and it was 12:45 when I was called back and told tha t they were closing up the wound. That took much longer than the surgey but as soon as I got out of the building I called home and talked to my wife telling her I was fine. I could tell she wasn't hearing the right words so I said "they got it all" and I could hear the relief in her voice. I never thought it was a big deal but couldn't ease her worry. Four words did it.

As you read that I'm sure you thought there's nothing amazing about that and you're right. What made it amazing for this old Vietnam vet was the people in the waiting room. There were six men and 2 women. All six of use were vets and I was the youngest. Four of the men were combat veterans of WWII - The Greatest Generation. I was in awe of those men and what they had endured. As a kid I would sit in a room with my Dad and his buddies and ask questions but at that age I was interested in what seemed to be an adventure to me. Now that I understand what they went through and have experienced some of it I was interested in what units they were in what campaigns they were in. Those men are all around 90 years old and mentally sharp. Their generation are my parents generation and I have a tremendous respect for not only the men that served but the women who stayed home and endured the wartime living conditions and the daily worry as they hear the war news on the radio. Their life was so much tougher than mine has been and their wartime experiences very traumatic. If you look for inspiration look at those people. They won't be around much longer.

I'm sitting here with a line of sutures over 2 inches long running up my temple and into my hairline. My wife will remember that day because "He got it all". I'll remember that day for the unassuming heroes I was privileged to share my day with.

Enjoy the ride,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRANJERRY 11/17/2013 5:23AM

    By the way got DH to read this post and he says what a fine boy! Sends you his blessings too

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GRANJERRY 11/17/2013 5:20AM

    Hey Lew that's the generation my DH & I belong to. DH served for the British Army for 4 years in 1939 &1943 in Burma. Thereby given a scholarship to study law at Cambridge. That's a lovely blog you've written

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FLGIRL1234 11/29/2012 10:45AM

    Wonderful news! So glad they "Got it all". emoticon

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REXTINE1 11/28/2012 6:00PM

    Quite a story. Your comments about the 90 year olds hit home - I have one 93 year old friend who is a vet - inducted three times (reserves). My basal cell was easier - they went two times because he didn't get deep enough in the cartilige of my ear the first time, and then they took a patch of skin from in front of my ear, trimmed it to size, and sewed it on. This was to prevent infection, and it seems to have worked. I was there 8 hours, and then got a written warning on my way home for doing 47 in a 30 zone - which had signs I should have seen.

You had a great blog this time.

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KARENLEIGH32 11/25/2012 7:33PM

    Happy to hear the good news, I know it was a scary time for both you and your wife!

Amen to the veterans, the ones (you included) that have put their lives on hold to take care of the rest of us!

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BOBOBOBBI 11/25/2012 8:35AM

    What an amazing experience! :) Glad it went well! emoticon

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DIDMIS 11/24/2012 7:17PM

    Lew what an interesting day. You could of taken it as "I hate waiting in the waiting room"
or becoming a greater man by talking with those unsung heros. My husband is in the vet cemetery here in my home town which just opened a few days before he died. I never cease to thank a veteran when I see one. Thank God for our veterans.

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JTREMBATH 11/24/2012 7:06PM

    That is the best news when they say they got it all, the Dr. said the same to me after having a kidney out that was 2/3rds covered with cancer.

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TEXASFILLY 11/24/2012 5:59PM

    Thank God! *hugs*So glad to hear those four words helped relieve your sweet wife of her worry. As for ALL of you AWE~some vets, I salute y'all for your love and service to our country. May the Good Lord continue to bless and keep you always. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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GLORYFB80 11/24/2012 12:26PM

    You are so right Lew . . . those four words you told your wife over the phone are probably the four most precious words that she'll never forget! Congrats on the good outcome and best wishes for a speedy recovery of the head wound.

You certainly did have an amazing day . . . how are the chances of meeting up with so many vets at the same time and same place? I think that is awesome and I know you did them a good turn by showing your interest in them and giving them your respect.
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