Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Get that yearly skin check

We thought all our medical troubles would be behind us in the new year but at my December skin check, a biopsy showed melanoma in situ. Thankfully, it was stage 0 so the surgeon was able to remove all of it and it hadn't spread to any of my organs. It took 2 surgeries though, one in Dec and one in Jan, and a month of me being on lifting and workout restrictions. 

Not how I expected the first month of the new year to go. And now I have to go in every 3 months for years to come for skin checks. I'm not looking forward to that because I don't enjoy doctors' offices, but it's necessary. Even though I use a 50 SPF sunblock, I'm a pasty, freckled Scottish, Irish, British and Scandanavian descendant who carries the red hair gene and got sunburned as a child, so I'm a prime candidate for skin cancer. But ANYONE can get melanoma. 

Here's to an uneventful remainder of 2024 for us, at least medically. I urge you all to get that yearly skin check. And don't forget the sunblock!

Monday, December 4, 2023

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season. After our historic record-breaking summer here in the desert, we're loving the cool weather. Unfortunately, our little fur baby was diagnosed with Valley Fever last month, a common fungal disease from our desert soil. She's on meds for it but we don't know how long, since we have get her blood tested every few months to see how she's progressing. And hubby is doing well and just hit his 6 months post cardiac surgery mark. We're so relieved for that!

I'm taking off work until after New Years and plan to read, watch holiday movies, make fudge, do jigsaw puzzles, play video games, and take lots of walks and hikes with hubby. 

Until then, stay safe and warm and have a wonderful New Years!


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