First things first, I love my dermatologist. He is so smart and so sweet, his bedside manner is impeccable and his constant desire to learn more about dermatology and cancer prevention leaves me feeling like I’m in good hands.
It also doesn’t hurt that he is kinda good looking. So…you know…the annual full body mole check is not a problem for me. At all.
He is actually quite adorable…after not having seen him in a couple of years (my bad, shut up, the melanoma is only on my Dad’s side of the family…that I know of) he comes bursting into the exam room and says, “Jenn! It’s so good to see you! Congratulations, I heard you got married!!”
My excitement dimmed a bit and I replied, “Oh…uh…yeah, it’s been a little while since we got married.”
Dr. C., “Oh, well, it has been a couple of years since I’ve seen you, right? So…it seems like it just happened!”
Me, “Oh, yeah it has been..you’ve met him though, he’s come in before.”
Dr. C., “So, how long have you been married?”
Me, “Eight years.”
Dr. C., “Oh….it has been a long time.”
Me, “Ha, I know.”
I also love how he is both aggressive with treatment, but also conservative in it’s application.
For example, at my appointment, as he is going over every nook and cranny of my body, he is measuring spots and noting them on my file. He asks about moles I’ve had removed and how the tissue is in the area. But, and this is not a complaint, every time he comes to a mole that he is paying A LOT of attention to, he’ll ask me, very nonchalantly, “Is this bothering you?”
I reply, “Uh, not really. But honestly, the better question is, is this bothering YOU? You’re the expert.”
He’ll laugh, but then get serious again in a holy-shit-this-might-be-cancer sort of way so I'll blurt out, "YES, it's bothering me."
And then he looks relieved and says, "Oh good...then I'll just biopsy this...just in case."
"Just in case" is code for: Increase Your Life Insurance Policy - You Might Die.