Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Mohs Surgery, books and updates

It's been a long week already and it's only Wednesday. Doug had Mohs surgery for the basal cell cancer and it was much worse than mine from 14 years ago. He is very tired and bruised. Once the cancer was identified the dermatologist cuts it out, leaves the area open until the lab work reveals it's gone.  Well.....it was a larger area than the doctor thought so more cutting was needed.  This means more needles with lidocaine for numbing. They still didn't get it.  Ugh!  Third time was a charm but after three rounds of injections you are assured bruising and soreness.

After several hours and the cancerous parts were cut out we were off to the plastic surgeon to patch it up.  And yeah, more lidocaine injections.  I felt so bad for him! We arrived at 9:30 and headed home by 3:30. Thankfully he's done with that. Except getting stitches out next week.

 Here is my midweek roundup of books, movies and food below. 

Watching / The Dish is a good movie about the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales Australia and the part they played during the first Apollo moon landing. They partnered with NASA to get a signal so we could all watch Armstrong set foot on the moon.  Love this movie.


Puzzles - After my friend Stacy sent me the Star Trek puzzle it jump started me on puzzle fun again.  I recently finished this one depicting Jane Austen book covers. Very colorful.  Doug helped me with a few challenging pieces after I stared for ages.



Reading / Daisy Darker was a good read, put me in mind of Agatha Christie's And Then there Were None but a bit of a different twist. The ending was great, a never-saw-it-coming revelation.  The grandmother of the Darker family asks the family to come to her coastal Cornwall home for her 80th birthday on Halloween.  Nana has been convinced she will die at 80 and her son, his ex-wife and their three adult children arrive as summoned.  They are mostly a despicable lot except for our narrator Daisy Darker.  Once the tide rolls in they will be trapped until morning as you don't come and go without a boat after high tide.  There is a big storm, the electricty goes out and at midnight they hear a scream.  Nana is dead in the kitchen and since no one can come and go, it's anyone's guess on suspects. (None of this is a spoiler

Alice Feeney never lets me down. Loved the Cornwall setting. 

Here is Loki, my reading buddy.  Still waiting on his DNA analysis.  I'm not sure a deer has ears this big and tall!



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26 comments:

  1. Poor Doug - horrible experience but I guess worth it if it gets rid of it. Kia kaha

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    1. It was indeed awful! This ought to have been handled years ago, so glad we switched to another dermatologist who gave us good care.

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  2. Praying Doug's pain eases up soon and that everything goes well from here.

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    1. Thank you so much, Vicki. He'd been asking our previous dermatologist about this for years and they never did a biopsy. We switched to another doctor and BAM, the P.A. said he needed a biopsy and now we wish we'd switched years ago. He's doing well!

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  3. I'm so sorry about Doug! I hope the cancer is all gone and he heals up quickly! Ouch.
    I've heard of Daisy Darker. That looks good. I'll have to read that one soon. Awww, Loki. What a cutie!

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    1. Oh, and I also need that Jane Austen covers puzzle....

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    2. I got the puzzle from Amazon. It was $17 and I saw another one I wanted but it was so expensive, $27. So I put it in my cart and waited and it reduced to $17. Haven't bought it yet though!

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  4. I know a couple of people who had Mohs surgery on the face, which meant it could be near their eyes, so I'm very aware of how traumatic it is! But I think it's effective in stopping the disease. I wish a good recovery to Doug.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Mae. Initially the surgeon said he thought it would be a dime size. It had spread so it ended up being the size of a small apricot. The plastic surgeon was amazing in how he stretched the skin to repair it. Stitches out next Tuesday!

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  5. I just Googled Mohs surgery and learned it is the gold standard so glad Doug could finally get that surgery! Hope his pain is less by now.

    I look forward to Loki's DNA analysis!!! Those ears!!!

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    1. Jinjer, he's healing well. I like how the repair went, no skin grafts like mine from years back. Maybe they don't do grafts anymore. Thanks for the good wishes!
      Oh, absolutely, can't wait to hear about Loki's breeds :-)

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  6. I can't wait to see Loki's DNA report. So sorry Doug's surgery was so tough but hope he is recovering okay. I've finally bit the bullet and made an appointment with a dermatologist to have a mole on my leg that just kind of appeared looked out. For as pale as I am and for as much sun exposure and tanning bed as I put my skin through it's past time. I'm not looking forward to it but I don't want to ignore it. My husband has had a number of basal cell cancer spots and one melanoma spot removed without too much of an issue but he's tougher then me! I'm in line for the audio of the Alice Feeney but am also going to put the actual book on hold just in case it doesn't work for me in that format.

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    1. Katherine, I had an update email from Embark letting me know it will be another week. I'm excited about it. It gives health features as well.
      Do get yourself to the dermatologist as it's easier get it handled early. Ugh.

      I think you'll like Daisy Darker!

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  7. Your poor husband! Skin cancer runs in my family, and my sister, dad, and son have all gone through some rough surgeries. I hope your husband heals quickly and completely.

    It will be interesting to know about Loki's DNA. I hope you get the results soon.

    Daisy Darker does sound like a good read!

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    1. Deb, stitches out tomorrow (Tuesday) and this ought to have been handled years ago. He'd been mentioning it to his previous dermatologist Every Visit!

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  8. I had a mohs treatment years ago and since then go to the dermatologist every year or two just for a look over and almost every time she's found one or two places that had to be removed. Luckily they were small enough to be handled easily without even numbing. What a miserable situation! I have Daisy Darker on my library hold but it's a VERY long list/wait. :)
    Hope you have a terrific week and time to curl up with a good book.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    https://www.bookshelfjourneys.com/post/sunday-post-19

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    1. Terrie, if you are a member of Netgalley they still have copies they may award people. I just withdrew my request as I read it from the library. Free books are great!
      Thanks for the good wishes about the recovery. Personally I wish I had never sat out in the sun without protection but...we didn't know back then :-(

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  9. Glad that all seems to be well now and sending luck for the stitch removal.

    I enjoyed reading And Then There Were None. I have seen Daisy Darker around and am intrigued by it.

    Have a good week ahead.

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/2022/10/09/sunday-salon-24/

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    1. Thank you, Emily. Hope your week is good and your son feels better :-)

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  10. So glad Doug is on the mend after that experience! John got hooked on jigsaws last winter but I am hopeless at them. Funny I started Daisy Darker last night!

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    1. Thank you, Jackie. I am also hooked on the jogsaws. Love the solving of it and currently have a few in my amazon cart.

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  11. I'm sorry to hear all Doug is going through. I hope he's on the road to a speedy recovery.

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    1. Yvonne, thank you so much. It was quite an ordeal for him.

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  12. What a long stressful day for Doug and, I'm sure, for you, too.

    I enjoyed looking at the jigsaw puzzle. I'm glad that Daisy Darker turned out to be a good selection for you. It sounds like you could use the distraction of a compelling novel.

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    1. Joy, it was worse than we thought on the cancer and if the previous dermatologist had handled it years back he wouldn't have had to go through so much. makes ya mad.

      The puzzle was so much fun and Daisy Darker will surprise you!

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  13. I’m glad to hear the surgery, though painful and extensive, was successful.bi hope his healing is going well.
    I do love Sam Neill, though technically he is a New Zealander we often claim him as one of hours.

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