Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Autumn and doctor stuff

There are so many things that I love about autumn, I barely know where to start. Although October and November are when autumn is in full swing, where I live, the beginnings are almost more fun. The first trees whose leaves change colors are especially beautiful to me. I spied the splash of color above in the woods near where I live and it was such a treat. Surrounded by a sea of green, as well as the brown which was a reminder of the summer's drought, the vibrant colors held the promise of what is to come. It was as if those leaves were saying, yes, autumn is on the way.
It has been an unusually hot and dry summer and I was thrilled when we had a nice soaking rain on Friday. Then the temperatures dropped and it has been chilly at night and in the morning. Perfect weather for me. I am so happy to be retiring my shorts and to be digging through my closets for long pants and long sleeved shirts.
There is a little bit of everything. While a few trees are changing colors ahead of schedule, others are hanging on to a few of their summer blossoms. Even the sky has it all. I took the cloudy sky picture and the blue sky picture at the same time. The only difference was which direction I pointed my camera in.The rain was in time to save a few of the fall flowering plants. It also was a hard enough downpour for me to collect a lot of rain water to use when watering my newly planted boxes; which incidentally are burgeoning with spinach, lettuce, and radish seedlings. I went to my dermatologist today and I was relieved that he was amenable to doing a biopsy on a little spot that's near my scar from where my melanoma primary was. I'm not overly nervous but it's hard for me to follow that spot, freckle, whatever you want to call it. The location made me feel like I needed to keep an eye on it. The dermatologists agreed with me that it might as well come off and that the location was the issue although he also agreed that it was unlikely to be anything of concern. It's gone now and the pathology will be back before my regular oncology follow up next week which is also good. The dermatologist said that I should get them to take the stitches out when I go to the oncologist next week and save myself a trip back to his office. I love it when things are easy.


Anonymous said...

Hi Carver,

Just stopped by to see what was going on in NC. Glad to hear the weather has changed favorably for you. Same here in New England. It's fun to sleep with the window open again.

I continue to enjoy your blog and the info you posted to other bloggers. Glad you're out there doing this.


Carver said...

Hi Janet,

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you are enjoying some pleasant weather too. Nothing like being able to open the windows and let the fresh air in. Take care, Carver

Anonymous said...

Hey Carv,
I love the video below. Very cool! And with music even...
Please know that I am waiting with you to share a big 'Wahoo' when that biopsy comes back as benign.
I am headed downstairs to bring up my punkins and silk leaf garland thingies...I don't see any real changes, except in temperature :), here in Alabama. Perhaps some decorating inside will coax some color outside!
Love, K.
Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
-Albert Camus

Carver said...

Thanks Kim,

It means so much to have your good thoughts and know you'll be celebrating with me. I know I'm lucky not to have to deal with these little biopsies at most appointments like so many MM patients do. You've had so many more of these waits to deal with than I have.

I love the Camus quote. I've never heard that one before and it sums up autumn for me. Fall decorating inside is a great idea. I should head to the Farmer's market and get some multicolored dried corn and gourds and pumpkins soon. Love, C

SabineM said...

I am with you! I LOVE FALL! And Spring! I live in Southern California where it is one LONG season!
WE need some rain here! WE didn't have much rain last winter, so we are hoping for it this year!!!

Yes, I am with Kim! Waiting for the big WHAOO!!!
Take Care

Carver said...

Hi Sabine,

I hope you get some rain soon. We finally got enough rain to at least make a dent in it but I'm hoping for a wet winter myself. Thanks for your comment, Carver

jmb said...

Lovely photos and post Carver. I hope all goes well with your biopsy. My husband is awaiting results of one too, but the dermatologist thinks it is a squamous. It was small, not like the big one he had operated on last month. Nor his melanoma which we now realize was minor in comparison to yours.
Take care, be well

Carver said...


I'm sorry your husband had another biopsy. I know a lot of people with melanoma who also have SCC and I think it must be hard to have a lot of skin biopsies. I'm lucky because my skin is easy to follow. I may have the tension of high risk for spread to scary places but I rarely have skin biopsies. It would bother me if I had more to follow or be concerned with on my skin.

Take care, Carver