Saturday, October 14, 2006
Just When You Think It's Safe to Go Back in the Doctor's Office . . .
Biopsy -- Removal of a sample of tissue, which is then examined under a microscope to check for cancer cells (National Insitute of Health).

When I went into the dermatologist's office, I expected to leave with a new steroid cream or perhaps discuss alternative treatment methods. I hadn't expected he would biopsy my rash in four places. I hadn't expected the effect the word "biopsy" would have on me.

I hadn't realized what a baby I've become. I can sure bite the bullet for major surgeries and chemo treatments, but come at me with a needle and I am reduced to a lost child. Four shots, four little incisions, and some stitches later and I leave feeling like a I should have at least earned a cherry lollipop and a pat on the head. Afterall, I was a good girl. I only let out one audible gasp. Such a baby.

We all have our weaknesses. At least I'm not the only one who has faced cancer, yet can be taken down by something that would seem to pale in comparison. Just ask my friend Angie. By the way, stop by and wish her a speedy recovery from "the suds."

I get the results November 3rd. Until then, I have yet another steroid cream to try. This time I get to wear it with a saran wrap protective cover. It may not clear up the rash, but I probably won't get pregnant (ba da bum).

Interesting how I felt in my last post. I'll just have to cross my fingers and hope this doesn't knock the pendulum off kilter. Sheesh! I was finally enjoying the rhythmm.
Written by Jeannette Vagnozzi
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