Bailey wrote:PW, so what did happen to your ear?
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Nothing happened to PW's ear that I know of, but Stargzer had a melanoma removed (in situ
, stage 0) with Mohs Surgery that required a little plastic surgery. They cut a flap from the skin on my skull behing my earlobe, leaving one end attached, then lifted the flap up and sutured (i. e., sewed) it to my earlobe, and left it to grow for a few weeks. On the 25th they will carve it loose to give me a new earlobe. And then I go to fill up on Doppelbock at the Rams Head.
The biggest disappointment is that I can't donate platelets to the Red Cross for five years, so someone out there has to take up the slack.
And, I wasn't the only cancer patient in the family.
Our 6-year-old Chocolate Lab got lymphoma about the same time as my melanoma was diagnosed, but she's doing well on chemo.
At the same time, our 14-year-old Beagle, unfortunately, had what was probably a hemangiosarcoma, a malignant tumor made from blood vessels, that caused internal bleeding with subsequent severe anemia. It had spread from his spleen to his heart and so was inoperable. He died two weeks ago, just three weeks after diagnosis, most likely from internal bleeding. He will be missed. Add to that several other small annoying things that all hit at the same time and you'll begin to see why I'm ready to quit re-living the life of Job before it gets worse.
If only there had been some way to remove the tumor from my Beagle and send it to the members of Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaida, and the other terrorists in the world, such as those running Iran and Korea, the world would be a much better place. Apparently, God has other plans. I wish I understood them.