Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Margin report

That sounds literary! But it isn't.

I just got a call from the dermatologist's office to say that the margin report on my little excision is okay. Which is to say, someone at a lab looked at dyed, slices of the excised material under a microscope and determined that the cancer doesn't extend to the margins of the cut, so it was all successfully removed. Imagine having that job!

A week from Thursday, I'll go back to have the stitches removed. Before this lab report, Leonore had been horrified at the possibility of more having to be removed from the same spot. I told her that maybe in that case the doctor would replace the stitches with a zipper, to make the process easier. I guess the zipper won't be necessary. (Phew!)


Chris said...

Glad to hear, David. We at the _holm household have gone through this particular results-waiting a time or two ourselves, and it's always a touch harrowing.

David said...

I put on a brave face, but I was whimpering inside.

It was much worse ten years ago, with Leonore's mastectomy, of course, but that didn't somehow immunize me emotionally this time.

TGirsch said...

Good news. And kudos on the brave face. I can't even manage that much. I'm a total wuss when it comes to needles, incisions, excisions, etc.

David said...

South Africans laugh at danger! Ha, ha, ha!

Oh, wait, you said needles. Eeeuuw!