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    Surgery

    Well, I certainly had an adventure last week. I have had a rather large "mass" growing out of my elbow for about a year now. I assumed it was a rheumatoid nodule, a nodule of inflamed cells from my arthritis. I assumed this since it was on my elbow that I had broken as a child and that's where I have the most arthritis. That, and the finger I broke cliff-diving.

    Silly me. My doctors informed me it was a tumor.

    Well, my surgery was scheduled for Thursday, the very day the worst blizzard of the season blew into town. I had to drive to Durango, which is really in the mountains, and the roads were terrible. The surgery itself, only my second surgery ever (not counting self-inflicted surgeries from my teen years!)and my first "true" out-like-a-light surgery of my life was ...surprisingly easy!

    They have this thing now called, "Blocking" where they can completely paralyze all nerve signals from a limb. Totally weird, its like novocaine for the extremities. Turns your arm into cordwood. Then a blink and it's all over!

    The docs said that it was one of the biggest they had seen, about the size of a goose-egg. (I know there are bigger ones, maybe these doctors just haven't seen one?) They took pictures of it. I asked, "Will it grow back?" They laughed and said, "We don't know, that's the biggest one we've seen, so now you're our experiment."

    After that, my poor wife (with a bad foot) had to drive us back home and by that time the blizzard was REALLY howling. Thank goodness we have an excellent 4X4 truck! The good news is that I had taken off two days of school, but school ended up being canceled for both days!

    Isn't it funny that you always want adventure when life is boring, but when you get it, you wish you had the boring part back again?!!!

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    Sincerely glad it went well!
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    Life's all about experience, Saint. You know more now than you did before.
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    Re: Surgery

    well glad to hear you are alright after all that.

    Geeze how dull would life be if we didn't have our adventures.

    Speedy recovery mate.
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    you both had quite the nerving day.

    wishes for a speedy recovery!
    Life is just to short for drama.

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    Glad to hear surgery & out come is all well.
    Don't ignore those lumps & bumps.

    Relax & recover - hope for sunshine.

    Patsy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patsy Warnick View Post
    Don't ignore those lumps & bumps.
    Words to the wise for all of us guys!

    As for coming out "well," I have to wait for the biopsy.
    (But my doctor says I'd have to be the unluckiest guy on the planet to have it come back malignant.)

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    All the best to you Mr. Saint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint_ View Post
    (But my doctor says I'd have to be the unluckiest guy on the planet to have it come back malignant.)
    Perhaps you could educate me. I've never worked out the difference between a benign and a malign tumour. In what way do they differ? I know the dictionary meaning of benign and malign, it's their use in the context of a tumour that I don't yet understand.
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    I'm happy to hear the surgery went well and I wish you a speedy recovery!

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