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lil  ·  338 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 15, 2017

I'm sitting in the day surgery ward waiting with my mom. She will go into surgery for a malignant melanoma on her hand.

The olfactory system IS amazing. I imagine there are hospital smells, but I wouldn't know. I was looking for the hospital coffee shop an hour ago. Someone helpfully said, "Follow your nose" assuming that I had a sense of smell. I don't.

I learned that a melanoma is cancer in the melanin: the cells that control skin pigmentation. A melanoma, if not caught soon enough, can spread to the lymph nodes, and then I guess, everywhere.

Wear sunscreen.

Meanwhile, my mom says she's had a good run. She's almost 91. Now I will go back to waiting.

The reading was fun to do, mk. I like when hubski distracts me.

mk  ·  338 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Good luck to your mother. FWIW, a hat and shirt seem the best approach, I recall recent evidence that sunscreen doesn't help as much as thought, and that levels of vitamin D were perhaps most important.