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Offline J.R.E.

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Wish me Luck !
« on: November 29, 2007, 08:33:08 PM »


I finally get to see the dermatologist tomorrow morning ( Friday) about an hour after I get home from work.

He's going to have his work "cut" out for him tomorrow as I am going to have quite a few things taken care of. Especially this 1/2 inch line of warts on the inside on my lower lip. He's going to really have to dig these out tomorrow. Certainly not going to feel like going out to lunch !!

Also have several other areas on my face, that will have to be cut out ( one that may require a couple stitches). I  Have a skin tag, that needs to be removed, I am tired of cutting into this thing everytime I shave  :-\ Also have a mole that needs looking at.

Have a few areas on my legs that can probably just be frozen...

Ed's driving me there in the morning, I imagine i will have a shitload of gauze in between my lip and gums.

It will be messy and painful for a while, I've gone through this before !



Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Life

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007, 08:46:24 PM »
Ray,  best wishes tomorrow..  Will be thinking about you..  My brother had a bunch of those done he put off for a long time, and now he just has this perpetual smile...  No scares, just smiles...

Hugs,

Eric

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007, 09:06:36 PM »
I hope you don't have too much pain with all that cutting, Ray.   Take care, let us know how you're doing......

hugs,

Alan
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline aztecan

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007, 09:19:14 PM »
Hey Ray,

Sorry about what you are facing. I know, I've been there before myself, except the part about the inside of the lip.

OUCH!

Hang in there and I hope it goes smoothly and as painlessly as possible.

BIG HUGS,

Mark

"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Jody

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007, 09:20:19 PM »
Oh Ray...I'm sorry it has to be done, the anticipation of such procedures is often worse than the procedure itself...After it's over you'll be thrilled that's out of the way...Once they numb the area it's not too bad, I used to have a bunch of molluscum removed from my face, one or two from the eyelid near the lashes that were injected first- OUCH - I hate when that happens!!!

Best wishes guy.

Jody
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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007, 09:22:05 PM »
I wish you the least pain possible. That sure is a lot of cutting and they will be doing it all at one time?
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
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Offline Winiroo

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007, 10:47:16 PM »
Good luck. I had a cyst removed from the inside of my lower lip years ago. It wasnt so bad. I hope you fair well too.

Offline randym431

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2007, 03:11:59 AM »
Good luck Ray!
He'll probably use the little freezer gun thingy.
Better to remove skin tags that way than yourself while shaving.
 ;)

Offline DCGUY2007

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2007, 03:31:17 AM »
Ray,

I really hope it all works out. I haven't experienced any of this but you seem to have a good attitude about it. Best Wishes  :D

Offline mjmel

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2007, 04:30:54 AM »
You have likely been putting this off for years maybe.....???......you are going to be so happy with the results. Likely, the needle sticks for numbing the areas are worst than the procedures themselves.
A success wish summoned and released--for Ray.

Mike M

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2007, 06:20:35 AM »
Ray once they have removed the tags, you should be able to return to the wild. :D

Good Luck,
Hal

Offline Nadine

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2007, 07:29:55 AM »
Ray,

I'm hoping the procedure will be as painless as possible. 
I had 3 moles removed from my face a few years back, one had to be cut out and I found the the anticipation to be worse than the procedure was.  The lip thingy...OUCH...but I'm sure you will be very numbed up and hopefully have some kind of pain meds for after the numbness wears off.

Wishing you the best!   :-*

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2007, 08:10:23 AM »
Ray
they are going to do it under general anaesthetic right?
best of luck and minimumest of pain

Offline BT65

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2007, 08:15:12 AM »
Hi Ray.  I'm thinking of you this morning.  Good luck with all that and here's to speedy healing! :-*
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline David_CA

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2007, 08:22:57 AM »
Ray,

Good luck with it all.  It sounds scary to me, but your having gone through it before (and still being willing to do it again) makes it sound ... manageable!  Take care and quick healing to you.

David
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06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
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  Atripla started 12-01-2006
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2007, 09:44:26 AM »
You have likely been putting this off for years maybe.....???......you are going to be so happy with the results. Likely, the needle sticks for numbing the areas are worst than the procedures themselves.
A success wish summoned and released--for Ray.

Mike M




Well, I am back from the doctor. So far not too much pain, but the novacaine or whatever he uses to numb me down, hasn't worn off yet.

Actually, I've had quite a few skin problems over these past 25 years. From pre-cancers to basil cell and squamous cell ... Got quite a few scars to show for it.

The problems with the warts, didn't really start, until I started on HAART, and  shortly into 2004. I've always tried to stay on top of these as best I can. Once again I let this go a little too long.

So, this time around, The doctor removed the skin tag, he removed the mole, froze two small area on my leg.

As far as the lip goes, he stuck the needle in 3 times throughout the lip to numb that down, and proceded cutting and scraping, he then used that burning (searing)device. Nothing like the smell of burned skin in the morning  :o He also scraped to small areas on the corners of my mouth
He then wrote me another prescription for Aldara cream, to use on the corners of the mouth at the first sign of trouble. Also made sure to let me know to get in there sooner next time, at first sign of these warts. I have another appointment set up for February.

Ok, got to go now !! The lip is starting to sting and burn !! :-X The numbness is wearing off quite fast now.The lip is also swelling a little more...Time to take a pain pill and go to bed !!


Thanks everyone, Have a great day !!-------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2007, 10:06:30 AM »
Hey Ray,

I hope this finds you snuggled in your bed, out like a light.

I'm glad that's over and I hope the lip heals quickly. That sounds like the worst of it.

I have had skin tags in the past. The doc has removed them, and once I removed one accidentally while shaving. Not something I recommend.

Hang in there Ray and heal quickly.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline northernguy

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2007, 11:33:41 AM »
Hope your recovery goes smoothly.  Did your doc have any theories as to why the warts would appear after you started HAART?  I would have thought it would be the opposite?
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Jan 16/10 cd4 660 vl 54,309 cd% 16
Feb 17/10 Started Atripla
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Apr 18/10 cd4 920 vl 268 cd% 28
Jun 19/10 cd4 450 vl 60 cd% 25
Aug 15/10 cd4 680 vl 205 cd% 27
Apr 3/11 cd4 780 vl <40 cd% 30
Jul 17/11 cd4 960 vl <40 cd%33
April 15/12 cd4 1,010 vl <40 cd% 39
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Offline david25luvit

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2007, 12:11:20 PM »
Best of luck Ray......hope it works out for you.

and the next time you think about kissing a frog........
keep your mouth closed. (just kiddin Ray)
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Offline SoSadTooBad

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2007, 01:33:57 PM »
Ray, hope you are doing better today.  Perhaps lay off the Doritos for a few days.  :-)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2007, 03:11:59 PM »
Ray, hope you are doing better today.  Perhaps lay off the Doritos for a few days.  :-)

 8)

Doing absolutely wonderful today ! No pain, the swelling is almost completley gone. We just got back from having a late lunch. I did jab the fork into my lip at lunch today. Bad aim !!  ::)

Ed mentioned to me yesterday that if my upper lip was swollen I would have had Pamela Anderson lips ! :D
Remember those big-ole red wax lips?.....   :)


Everything fine, thanks all---------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Cliff

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2007, 03:37:16 AM »
Good luck Ray and good healing!

Offline Dragonette

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2007, 04:47:49 AM »
I read this too late but I am glad to hear it went well, have a quick healing.
"If you keep one foot in yesterday, and one in tomorrow, you piss all over today". Betty Tacy

Offline BT65

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2007, 07:05:22 AM »
Ray, I'm glad you're healing so well.  Ah yes, I remember Pamela Anderson's pouty lips.  Do you have any bright red lipstick? ;)
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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2007, 01:14:55 AM »
Glad to hear all went well Ray!
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Offline bear60

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2007, 10:01:19 AM »
Speedy Recovery!  :)
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Offline Longislander

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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2007, 05:31:51 PM »
I'm glad it all worked out for you Ray~ :D
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Re: Wish me Luck !
« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2007, 04:59:49 AM »
Good your doing A+ ray.
Now you know how Joan Rivers must feel.
Poke here, clip there, snip snip snip...    ;)

 


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