Is he suggesting that he remove the spot or remove the leg ?? Would someone bring me a translator please~
Having been to plenty of doctors and dermatologists around the USA, I felt it only right that I get that little habit taken care of here too.
It took a couple of doctors for us to find the one we liked best.
We won't talk about the first one whose examining table was from 1902 and was in a corner of her office, with a bare light bulb dimly shining and old sheets that were rumpled ...
I could not get out of that place fast enough!
Then there was the woman that was apparently the head of some sort of Skin Department somewhere, at least she had an office with lights .. but again, her examining table was in the office, by the window, in case I wanted to be sure that the people on the terrace across the way got a good enough look at the little spot on my leg.
And then she did the one thing that would make me put her on my list of doctors I will not go to even if they are the last doctor on Earth .. she didn't wear gloves, and she had used sheets on her examining table... what the ?????
I had this little red spot on my leg for some while.
It was not going away and while it was not painful nor was it big, it was there.
Every day, no change, just there. I knew it was Bad.
So we went to the dermatologist at our hospital.
Here, you can see doctors in offices in the hospital.
With appointments and everything but it is in the hospital.. and what is great is that everything else is in the hospital too, so the lab work is done quickly, the verdict is given quickly and the surgery to remove the bad little red spot on my leg was done pretty fast.
Today I showed up with no idea what really to expect.
I had met the surgeon, he was charming and spoke English and is the Chief of Surgery with his Speciality in Skin Cancer, so I was pretty sure it was all going to be fine.
I was a little surprised that what was described to me as a quick, 15 minute procedure still required me to be in an operating theater full of nurses and another doctor and lights and drapes to hide the view from the patient.
I don't mind the drapes hiding the view of someone cutting my leg open but why are operating rooms so cold ?
I was wrapped in warm blankets and treated gently and sweetly and I have to admit that although there was a moment when things hurt.. this was so much easier than what so many people have to go through.
I felt very lucky in many ways.
When it was all over, the doctor said that the Margins are clear, that he is confident that it is all fine.
Then he kissed me goodbye. ( He kissed me hello too)...
When I was preparing to go into the surgery, the nurse asked me why we wanted to live in Buenos Aires.
I told her that we love the city but what keeps us here is the People.. the lovely warm , generous, always ready to laugh People.
So after I got my goodbye kiss from my doctor, I looked at her and said This is why we love Buenos Aires ...
I do not in any way want to promote the idea of coming here to have surgery or see a doctor.
I do want you to remember to wear your SunBlock this summer and don't let me hear any lame excuses about forgetting it.
Put it on when you get out of the shower .. make it a part of your routine before you go out the door.
I do want you to consider visiting Buenos Aires .. you have to meet the people here.. really.
And now I am going to go lie on the sofa with a book and a husband and a Pup and think about Dinner and where we are getting Take Away from.
What ? didn't you hear the doctor ?
I should take things easy, not go up steps and try not to cook ... he did say that .. I swear, he said it !