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Title: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:34:56 PM
I'm getting plastic surgery on my shoulder soon....covered by OHIP.  (I had skin cancer on my forehead (2 tiny spots), and on my shoulder burned off 20-25 years ago.

The forehead stuff you can hardly see, but the shoulder area, there's a permanent "wound" the size of a loonie or bigger.  It's squishy and darker than the rest of me.  Doesn't hurt.

I saw a cranky (!) dermatologist at St. Mike's about something else...turned out to be nothing.  Then I asked him to look me over....when I showed him my shoulder, he referred me to a fancy plastic surgeon on Avenue road.  Because he was so cranky, I didn't ask a lot of questions.  Probably I get a skin graft?  Local anaesthetic?

Peter
Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:44:40 PM
Although I wear $500 orthotics in my shoes (my former work plan pays for it), I started getting a really sore instep when walking.
I looked it up, and it's plantar fasciitis.

It's 95% better, thanks to stretching exercises.....and not wearing slippers at home.  Maybe surprising?
Cheap slippers offer no support.  Maybe more expensive ones do.

Anyway, I (until recently) never wore shoes indoors in my apt.


A nice thing about support groups is sharing the same ailments:
-a woman on Mood Garden (I recommend it!) is getting cancer removed from her nose...she sometimes posts "before" and "after" pictures.
-she also had plantar fasciitis, like me

Peter
Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: Pleeb on April 19, 2019, 01:47:21 AM
My surgery is Monday.....out patient, I assume.  Covered by OHIP.

The plastic surgeon has luxurious facilities with two hospital beds for more serious stuff,  I guess.

I'm a bit worried, not much.


Peter
Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: paulm on April 19, 2019, 09:54:56 PM
Good Luck with your surgery Peter. Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: Pleeb on April 24, 2019, 12:53:54 AM
Hi, Paul....Thanks....

It turned out the plastic surgeon did a biopsy....hurt very little, 4 stitches.

She was puzzled that the dermatologist from 25 years ago used a laser on my shoulder skin cancer.....

I'll get the results in a couple of weeks.


Peter
Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: Pleeb on May 03, 2019, 02:46:36 AM
Saw the plastic surgeon today.  She has to "make an even bigger hole" than my current one with 3 stitches on my shoulder.  I have basal cell cancer according to the biopsy.

All these years (I was told.....25 years ago or so) that I had melanoma on my face (tiny spots) and shoulder........  I have basal cell cancer on my shoulder.

It turns out basal cell cancer is common, and the least (?) dangerous type of skin cancer.  The plastic surgeon said that if my shoulder was untreated, not much negative would happen - it's rarely fatal.


I count my blessings - my treatment is outpatient, none of this hurts, is covered by OHIP, very little blood.  But I am in shock somewhat.  That'll go away.


Peter


Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: paulm on May 03, 2019, 04:03:04 AM
Hello Peter. Good luck with your treatments. Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: Dragonfly on June 04, 2019, 08:02:39 PM
Wishing you well Peter!

Dragonfly
Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: Pleeb on June 18, 2019, 02:33:37 PM
Thanks, Dragonfly!

Went to plastic surgeon yesterday.  She took out my stitches - no more surgery!   :D (but there's the odd loose end which is too technical for me)

I have to be careful with my shoulder, and should be able to exercise in a couple of weeks.


Re the fungus (?) on my legs, the prescription cream stops working after two weeks, so I stopped it.  Not sure if it helped.  This dermatologist is in Europe for 3 weeks, and maybe hasn't even seen the biopsy the nurse took.  Maybe I need an oral antibiotic if it's a fungus?

I see her next week.


Peter
Title: Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
Post by: Pleeb on June 19, 2019, 12:15:36 AM
I celebrated No More Stitches with a giant bowl of blueberries!

Peter