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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

moses surgery

well thats what i heard
when the words went through by ears
got processed through my brain

moses surgery
is that something to do with the parting of the skin
10 commandments

i realized she was saying
mohs surgery

whats that
its what you have to have done when you get older
if you were a non hat wearing
non sunscreen wearing person
now baby oil doesnt count for sunscreen
even if you put iodine in it
if you are grey headed you know what im talking about

now when you get older
you pay the price
mohs surgery

they take a piece out
scrap it all out
look to see if they got it all under the microscope
if not
they take another piece out
this goes on all day until its all gone
the skin cancer that is

if you want to know what it looks like
google mohs surgery nose

if you are a little squeamish i wouldnt do that

in recent years i have got better at wearing long sleeves
wearing a floppy hat
wearing sunscreen
but not at avoiding the sun
i am usually outside everyday sometimes all day

i paid the price for all that sun exposure
i had moses surgery
i mean
mohs surgery

a small area started to bleed on my nose
i had it biopsied
as i expected it was a basal cell skin cancer

so off to the moses surgeon
dang it i mean mohs surgeon
someone who had done work on my patients in the past

i arrived at 8am and left at 200pm
with this big ole white bandage on my face
i was told to leave it on for 48 hours then change it
daily for a week

i decided to follow closely the recommendations
that were given me
be complaint which i dont always do

i so far am doing exactly what i was told
for my nightly glass of wine
couldnt pass that one up

i was told just extra strength acetaminophen for the pain
wrong wrong they were
i ended up taking two of my pain pills left from my
oral surgery last year

my thoughts
the pendulum has swung too far the other way on
this pain med thing
please give it to your surgical patients
i knew i would need it
it made for a much better night last night
i probably wont need any more today

now as i sit here writing this
i was told to be at bed rest for 3-4 days
so my nose wont swell up like a clowns nose
bringing with it lots of pain
keeping an ice bag on my face every 20 minutes for two days
now so far ive done that
i can tell that its going to be hard
real hard
for me to follow those post op instructions

i see
an even larger floppy hat in my future
along with long sleeve shirts
lots of sunscreen lots of it
reapplying it every few hours
yesterday i ran into another doctor i use to work with
years ago
he was getting his 4th moses i mean mohs surgery done

i dont want to have to do this again
i will though
if i have to

oh moses
smell the roses
if i can

the organicgreen doctor

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