Ok, this is the finally installment in my attempt to catch you all up.
This one will have some good, some bad, and some small details.
First, the good…
Maria has enrolled in an online grad school to obtain her master’s degree. I’m very proud of her and thoroughly impressed. She has a ton of work to do, and I will do everything I can to support this endeavor. She is now enrolled through Ball State University. As a cardinal, she will fly!
And then there is the bad. It isn’t terrible, but worrisome still.
At my “real” job I wear a bullet proof best for 12 or more hours a day, in all types of weather. Throughout the year the temperature can go from 15 degrees to 100 degrees. Well, I had a spot on my shoulder blade that became irritated, eventually became an open sore and refused to heal. I attributed this to the sweat and friction caused by the vest. This went on for almost a year. Maria helped me cover it before work and tried to doctor it for me without success.
Now, I’m 47 years old and at that time I had no regular doctor. If slightly sick I went to the local urgent care, and if I really jacked myself up (which I’m known to do occasionally,lol) I would go to the emergency room.
During my last visit to the urgent care for a pretty hefty fever, I was ganged up on by that doctor and Maria to politely, yet forcefully inform me that at my age I NEED a general practitioner. Maria then got me set up with a doctor and I went, reluctantly.
She examined that spot and said that she wasn’t 100% sure without a biopsy, but it was believed to be skin cancer. She then referred me to a dermatologist.
After being examine there, it was determined that I had several areas that had Basal cell carcinoma. There were varying degrees of development in these areas.
I had a few frozen off, about twice that burned off, and then scheduled for 4 separate surgeries space 2 weeks between each one. It seems I had 4 separate areas where the carcinoma was too big and too deep to freeze or burn. They had to be cut out.
I’ve spent the last 2 months off of work, unable to do anything in the forge or go to the farm, or much of anything. I’ve become a beard farmer. I’ve had to shave nearly everyday for work for the last 30 years, a good two month break from shaving was very welcome.
I currently have all the surgeries complete and am currently cancer free. It hasn’t been fun, but it also wasn’t terrible. If you don’t know, basal cell is the most common form of skin cancer and has a very low risk of spreading to other organs. I don’t believe I was at risk of dying from it, but it is very disconcerting to hear the words “you have cancer”.
Those are the two big things…good and bad.
Some little details…
I have the new hydraulic lines for the backhoe as soon as I can get to the farm, I’ve got some great steel lined up for knives as soon as I can get back in the forge. I did have the chance to finish up a great knife for the up coming Fraternal Order of Police state conference. I finished the knife and base just as I started the cancer hiatus.
I did initially mess up the dates and had to sand and reengrave the display stand. But I think it came out well.
Thank you all for reading, I hope this brings most up to speed. I have a about a week and a half left to heal up and then I’m back to work. There should be plenty to document then and I hope to keep up with our blog as I really do enjoy it.
All the best to you, and thanks again for reading,
Toots and Pappy