On an 'Everybody Loves Raymond' episode, Ray is seen pulling out a book beside his bed and writing down that he'd bumped his elbow or something that day. He explains to Deborah that if he sees a bruise later that week he can look and see what caused it.
I worry about TINY things since having cancer twice. Silly tiny things. Every tiny thing cannot be something minor.
I'm actually wondering if charting things (tiny things) might help me when I start to freak out. Wondering if any of you have done this?
Yesterday I went to have my acrylic nails replaced. It had been over a month because I had my identity stolen two times in four days and was financially wiped out for almost 2 weeks. Paycheck was stolen and debit card breached.
Just before the tech painted my last finger, I noticed a teeny brownish area at the tip of the nail bed where the nail extends. My first thought was MELANOMA of the fingernail. I wouldn't let her paint it! I came home and googled (it didn't match) and I looked at it under bright light. Looks like two little splinter hemorrhages starting to dry up. My doctor wasn't at the walk in clinic yesterday or I would have gone. I went to www.healthtap.com
and asked dermatologists (99 cents) and got 5 or more replies that the worst it might be is a 'greenie' from leaving the old nails on so long. I took a pill. Took a nap and then went and let her paint it. (Before you look at your nails, melanoma of the nail bed occurs in about 80 people a year in the US. My chance is something like a .5 out of a million. Only 3% of all melanomas are this variety. 75% of those are the big toe or thumb. 55% of melanoma of the nail bed appear in people of color or Islanders.)
After the pill and nap I remembered that when I was loading the dishwasher about 5 or so days ago that I reached for the bottom rack and jammed my pinkie into the side of the d/w so hard that there was a bloody looking spot under the nail.
Even today, first thought when I woke was ........... brown spot on nail!
I think taking notes of boo boos might help me. Anyone try this and have good results?