Remember how I said I had to find a dermatologist for us to go get our moles checked out? Well, after I wrote that post I decided to stop procrastinating and just freaking do it already, and so I did. Torsten had his appointment last week and mine was yesterday. Both of us do not have any suspicious moles.
I wasn't really concerned about me, as I don't have many moles or even freckles, but Torsten has a fair amount so I was a little worried about him. But, the dermatologist checked us both thoroughly and pronounced us clear. Torsten is to go back every year for a scan, and since I have so few moles I only need to go back every other year.
I also showed him my plantar wart, since that home freeze-off kit I tried months ago never did work, and he gave me some new tips for getting it off. I'm supposed to try filing it daily, and then suffocating it with electrical tape, and then freezing it off with the home kit again, but this time leaving the stuff on for slightly longer than it says on the box, and if that doesn't work I'll go back to the dermatologist and have him remove it.
I'd rather avoid that, though, because he explained the process and it sounded, shall we say, rather unpleasant. I think I blocked out some of the details, but the gist is that they shoot ice crystals into it, and that pulls the bottom layers away and allows it to drain, which gives your immune system access to the virus itself so that your body can get rid of it. All good and well, but the dermatologist said quite frankly that it's a painful process, more so after than during, and that I'd be limping out of his office with a nasty blister on my foot.
So! Time to buy a fresh pack of emery boards to be used ONLY for filing this stupid wart. And time to pray that this home remedy works, because ugh, I do not want blister-inducing ice crystals shot into this stupid thing. I shudder just thinking about it.
Still, despite the possible horror suggested to me by this dermatologist, I liked him. He was thorough and nice, and I feel reassured that neither of us is going to drop dead from undetected melanoma, at least not anytime soon.
And we won't think about the fact that of my list of six things to do, I've only done one. Because that one was the only one related to health, and it was therefore by far the most important. So really it counts as two, at least. Right?
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