Why in the world did I move to Florida?
Humans with fair skin, red hair, and blue eyes (that’s me) are particularly vulnerable to “Actinic Keratoses” - (rough edged, dry, scaly patches on the skin). Actinic Keratoses” are the most common precursor in the development of skin cancer.
Back in Massachusetts I would see a Dermatologist about once a year. Upon moving to Florida I upped this frequency to twice a year, and after nearly five and a half years in the sun, I now get checked out three times a year.
How foolish I was to move here! Folks with my genetic heritage should live in Sweden or Norway ... now there’s a thought!
When I saw my Dermatologist last Monday my face and neck were fairly well beaten up. Come to think of it, this probably happened because I was involved in a lot of out of doors activities when my brother and nephew visited in late May/early June.
But don’t blame them. I was the one who was careless about covering up and using sun screen.
So now I am lined up for “Photodynamic Blue Light Therapy” - the latest and reputed most efficacious treatment. Next Wednesday I’ll trek to my Doctor’s office where the damaged places on my face and neck will be dabbed with a medication called Levulan. There’ll then be a break of between one and three hours - the estimated time it takes for the damaged cells to absorb the solution.
Next - (and the precision here cracks me up) I will sit under a blue-light machine for exactly sixteen minutes and forty seconds. (How did they figure that time out).
Treatment over I’ll be allowed to drive home (wearing a broad brimmed hat and a scarf) - but then I cannot go outside, sit by a window or sit under bright indoor lighting for the next 48 hours.
That’ll be test of my resolve.
Penne will go to her dog sitter for those two days (shush – don’t breath a word - I haven’t told her about this!), whilst I lay low.
I am to preach on the following Sunday, so I’ll have plenty of home time for sermon prep.