Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I Wanted To Go....

Some time ago I mentioned that I get this "fuzzy" head thing. I described it like a drunk without the buzz. Kind of like an inner ear infection, but it's not. It's not a stoke or anything like that, just makes walking (and obviously not writing or talking) around hard. At times I have to use a cane just to get to the bathroom. It lasts 3 or 4 days and then gone for another year or two.

This time it started last Tuesday (the day of the skin cancer surgery), but was gone the next day. Then it came back on Sunday, Monday it was gone. It was back again yesterday and into today.

The fly fishing club, that I'm a member in good standing,was having a fish out this morning at Lake Amador and I really wanted to go, but.......

Too many factors involved that tell me to stay home. Mainly the fuzzy head, but the chance of rain (can't get the bandages wet), and it's supposed to be windy, but I wanted to go........

The rest of the week is supposed to be bright and sunny (of course), but the days are booked so I guess next week will be the first chance I can to get out.

In case you wanted to see what the skin cancer looked like, this was August 22, 2013 right after my doctor looked at it. He said it didn't look like cancer then. 

The problem was that no matter what I put on it, it would never heal or go away.

The picture below is after he took a chunk for biopsy on January 11, 2014 and the cancer was found.

The doctor who removed it said it was a good thing I didn't wait any longer. Probably would have taken more of the ear. He only took a piece the size of a half of a postage stamp. 

The doctor said the graft to replace the skin taken for the cancer removal is healing well as is the place they took that skin from. The "donor" spot should heal in a couple months and the graft could take from 6 months to a year. At least I no longer have that wad of gauze and tape that looks like a "Teddy Bear" ear. Probably should have put one on the left ear to match.

That's it, thought I'd just do an update and let everyone know I'm OK. I'll let you know how it goes next week.


  1. So sorry to hear about the cancer. GLAD you caught it when you did and wishing you the speediest recovery!

  2. Sorry to hear about the surgery. Good thing you caught it early. It'll be in the rear view mirror before you know it.

  3. Keep that old head covered and slathered with sunscreen. We need you around for awhile longer buddy.

  4. Thanks for passing along this update, Mark. As I have aged, one thing I have learned is that you never really know. Best to do what you did and get on the Doctor's appointment list quick. Give up wearing that ball cap to fish with and wear a good sun prevention hat. You would look cool.

  5. I thought about you this morning and was about to ask you about it. Glad you are better, Mark!

  6. Mark
    I am glad you shared this post with all of use who are in the sun too much, now I know what to look for when I have an unusual marking on the skin. Glad you caught this when you did. Thanks for sharing

  7. Glad you are okay and it worked out! I too need to watch out for skin cancer. I wear a sombrero and lather up with 60 spf as thick as mayonnaise.

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  9. Sadly I bet I am following right in your footsteps. I need to remember sunblock. Hope your feeling well Mark.