When I walked into the dermatologists office yesterday morning, I would have thought I walked into a Beverly Hills spa like you see on t.v.  I wish I would have had the balls to take a picture, but the waiting room was chandeliers, leather furniture, and the staff all had monogrammed shirts with their names on them and all of them sported Rolex watches.  Not kidding.


Since this office doesn’t have any paper files (all electronic!) I had already filled out my medical history over the phone, so once I paid my co-pay of $40, they called my name.

The tech asked me why I was there and I literally said “my Mom was concerned about a spot on my face.”  She took a look at it.  You can see it in the picture below – its just to the right of my nose in that picture.  This was taken in May, and the spot was almost twice that size yesterday.

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Long time readers have seen me get burnt – bad.  Remember Hannah’s high school graduation in 2010?


I’ve been severely burnt in my teens and early 20’s.  It hasn’t been until the above incident that I now put an spf 50 lotion on when I get out of the shower, and I try to wear a baseball hat if I know I am going to be outside for any length of time.

The physicians assistant came in.  She starts to look at my face when she asks “does your head itch?”  Um, yes, sometimes.  I just thought I had a dry scalp or dandruff.  Nope – I have psoriasis of the scalp!  I’ve used Tea Tree shampoo for years, but she said only prescription shampoo will get rid of it.  Good to know! Open-mouthed smile

Then she looks at the “spot” and decides that she wants to shave off the top layer to biopsy.  It could be pre-skin cancer.  I’ll know in a week.  They actually numbed my cheek with lidocane (sp?) and I could feel the liquid underneath my eye and next to my nose – gross.

It didn’t hurt at all – the tech handed me some gauze and when I asked her what it was for she said “some faces bleed a lot.”  What?  But all I needed was a band aid.

I went to work and sported a lovely band aid on my face for the rest of the day – sexy!  I am sure it will be fine, but to be on the safe side, when I go back in a month for my scalp, I plan on having a full body scan. Open-mouthed smile

In my haste to get out the door, I realized I never packed a breakfast – so Subway it was.  This is their steak and cheese egg muffin – it says its 180 calories and when I say “steak” I use that word loosely – it was kind of like loose meat.

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So they gave me this after I left the doctors office:

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One of the rules: no exercise for 24 hours and no swimming until the wound is healed.  So I took this as a rest day.

More chili mac leftovers for lunch, except this time I added some water to thin it out and added Tabasco sauce to it – doesn’t look pretty but it was yummy!

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Since Tony did the grocery shopping for our dinner with his family Saturday night, I didn’t want to have him do a whole weeks worth of grocery shopping on top of that.  Plus I knew this would force me to use up some of the food we already have in the house, so I vowed no extra grocery shopping this week.

I defrosted some pork chops.  I had mashed potatoes on the side and grilled me up some broccoli.  I needed something to tie it all together so I made a lemon pepper gravy – so good!

Lemon Pepper Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups (1 can) chicken broth
  • juice of 1/4 of a lemon
  • lemon zest
  • cracked pepper to taste

Melt butter in sauce pan.  Add flour and stir and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add in the can of chicken broth.  Stir until thick, about 5-7 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, zest and cracked pepper.

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I took one picture inside and one outside, couldn’t decide which one to post, so you get them both, you’re welcome!

This was super yummy and really quick – perfect for a week night dinner.

So no swimming for a few days, but I am hitting the gym today – maybe even lift some weights?  Crazy!

I have my homemade Panera broccoli soup for lunch today – yum!  What are you having for lunch today?  Make it a great day!

51 thoughts on “Biopsy?

  1. findingradiance

    Hope the biospy comes back clean, but even if it isn’t – you have this caught so early. Good for you getting the full body scan. I grew up with a lot of burns and I have so many moles and freckles. I should get a scan done, too.

    Go for lifting!!

  2. I am LONG overdue for a derm appointment. Horrified to have a full body scan. Grrrr. Good luck!

  3. I hope everything goes ok with the biopsy! I can’t BELIEVE that burn you got, it looks terribly painful. Thinking of you down here in Virginia : )

  4. Hope the biopsy is negative, but it is always good to get those things checked out. Is it just the pic or is that some huge broccoli?!

  5. Sending you lots of positive thoughts for a negative biopsy. My dad has been getting skin cancer spots/mole removed from his face, head,nose,& shoulders for the last few years. He is 86 and they didn’t really know much about sun damage in his day. You seem pretty fair skin. Glad to hear you started a sun screen plan daily:)

  6. ahhhh I hope everything turns out ok. I’m trying to do the “use what I have” philosophy on food this week too 🙂 Have a great day!

  7. Glad you went in, and I hope everything comes back negative. It’s crazy scary how we end up paying, as adults, for our negligence (sunscreen? too busy for that!) as kids.

  8. Hi Biz, I’m sure this is very stressful, especially after what your brother has been through, but try not to worry! The worst thing that will happen is you will have it removed. Only melanoma is bad and your spot does not look like that. You’ll be fine no matter what the biopsy says!

  9. I hate doctors and all the crap you have to go through. Yuck.

    I can only see one of your pictures, it’s probably just my computer.

  10. I too burned a lot as a youngster and in fact, as a teen I used to mix iodine an baby oil together and rub it on before laying out in the sun. Sigh. Needless to say with my fair skin I’ve had lots of biopsies and in 1997 they found a melanoma. Thankfully it was caught when it was and I have been melanoma free for 15 years now! (Thank you SPF50 sunblock.) However, this means that once a year I go in for a full body look-see. It’s sooooo much fun to lay completely naked on a narrow table while the doctor looks you over with a magnifying glass. Even more fun? When she says “turn over.” Good lord that’s something no one should have to witness.

    I’m glad your mom said something to you and I am confident that even if it’s “something’ it has been caught early! Do get the body scan even if you have to lay on a narrow table then turn over.

  11. Praying your biopsy comes back with good news!

    Your post is a good reminder for me to get an appt with the derm. I had a spot on my chest 11 yrs ago removed because it was precancerous. I have a million more spots that need to be checked, but stupidly I’ve been avoiding going since the scar left by my prior removal was so bad I didn’t want to see more on my body – but that is really dumb – scars are better than dead.

  12. Fingers crossed that all is well with you biopsy! I brought a salad with turkey pepperoni, croutons and Light Buffalo Ranch dressing. I’ve been thinking about it all morning! haha

  13. Fingers crossed that all is well with the biopsy! I have fair skin and burn so very easily also! I really have to watch it! I have to do a full body scan every year also…not fun to have them look at you with a magnifying glass everywhere, but worth it! 🙂

    Broccoli soup sounds like a wonderful lunch!

  14. No more burns Biz, too dangerous. My kids are all fair and we spend tons of time in the sun so I was elated to finally find a sunblock that works, it’s called Headhunters and you can find it online. I love Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree shampoo.

  15. My husband had a mark on his face a year or two ago and went through the same thing. Basil cell carcinoma. They sliced it off.

    I should get a skin check. This pregnancy popped out a ton of weird new marks.

  16. Thanks for sharing about your dermatologist visit. I need to make an appointment because I have one mole in particular that bothers me. I am also guilty of sun burns mostly in my teens and 20s. I will send positive thoughts your way.

  17. Glad you are taking care of this early. My daddy did the same thing with a spot behind his ear and though it came back pre-cancerous it is fine now and gone. You are taking good care of your body Biz. Take care and God Bless!

  18. Hope your biopsy comes back fine. It’s good that you are being proactive about it. I am always checking but I really should go in!
    That lemon gravy looks fabulous!! I definitely want to recreate it!

  19. I hope your biopsy turns out fine. It’s good that you went in and got it checked out. That burn from a while back looks soooo painful, glad you where sunblock now…ouch!! Your lemon pepper gravy sounds delish!

  20. Broccoli soup sounds awesome right now! I want. Hoping the results come back A-ok. Enjoy your workout

  21. Biz, I’m so glad you went to get that checked out. I had a horrible scare 2 years ago and had to have surgery AND plastic surgery! Skin cancer is no joke.

  22. Glad you got it checked out. I need to schedule a skin check one of these days. I am super pale and sunburn so easily.

    Lunch today for me will probably be leftovers and odds & ends dug up from the contents of my fridge. I need to do a big shopping trip!

  23. Hi Vat, may your biopsy results come back with a big ol’ BENIGN sticker attached!!!

  24. Glad you did it, better safe than sorry! (my head started itching after I read this though!) How did she determine it was psoriasis?
    I’m craving broccoli after that pic of your dinner! 🙂

  25. I hope it’s not cancer Biz! You have too much of that in your family already!

  26. Better to be safe than sorry for sure. The office sounds wild, I think I have only seen one Rolex in person before.

  27. My sister had a melanoma removed years ago, but has been for years now. However, her doctor told her to tell her sisters and mother to stay out of the sun. So I do!

    The gravy looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  28. Glad you didn’t take this lightly and got it taken care of right away!!! Better safe than sorry!

  29. Sending positive prayers for your biopsy!
    I’ve had scalp psoriasis since I was 12. I’ve tried all prescriptions and honestly the best thing that works for me is to apple oil to my scalp. Leave it over night and I then use a comb to get the scales off then shampoo.
    Your food always looks great!!

  30. Praying that the biopsy comes back clean, Biz! Hugs!!

  31. […] thanks for all your well wishes comments and emails yesterday about the biopsy of my “spot” as I am going to call it.  I am sure it will be fine, but if nothing else, hopefully my […]

  32. Oh man! That sunburn looks AWFUL. I know what you are saying though…I’m really fair and I burn easily. I wish I hadn’t been so lazy as a kid and a teen and used sunscreen more consistently. Big mistake! No issues so far, but I worry about the damage I did. I get my moles and freckles checked every year.

    I’m glad you went in and got yours looked at. Better sooner rather than later!

  33. Yikes, well I’m glad you went in when you did and didn’t wait until it got any worse. I have had a misshaped mole on my arm ever since I can remember and I’ve always kept an eye on it. Well it started itching and the skin around it is red and it feels painful under the skin so I set an appointment for the dermatologist next Tues and they’ll likely be slicing mine off too. It’s a little unsettling having a painful mole! I’m not worried about yours but I’m going to say a prayer anyway, can’t hurt!

  34. I have a full body scan once a year and there is always a spot or two that get’s a biopsy. My mom had a form of skin cancer, so I promised her I would get checked out yearly.

  35. […] more pre-cancerous moles.  Then the next step is to meet with the plastic surgeon to remove the pre-cancerous mole on my face.   Thanks for all the well wishes for my cousin Pam yesterday – more good thoughts and […]

  36. […] I thought I had my plastic surgeon consultation appointment to set up the removal of my abnormal mole.  I got there right on time.  1:15 on the dot!  Only to find out that my appointment […]

  37. […] I have to scoot – I finally am going to see my plastic surgeon at lunch for my “abnormal” mole removal.  I never thought I’d step foot in a plastic surgeons office in my life!  I am […]

  38. […] today is the day of my mole removal surgery.  It was nice to sleep in a bit this morning!  Tony is going to be with me.  […]

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