Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Better than a parasite

So that red spot on my leg that I displayed a couple months ago as a parasite was not a good ole parasite. I can't believe I even wasted one of my future kid's names (Akbar) on something that was not even eating my flesh and nutrients. I know, very lame, a parasite is so fancy and is an obvious sign of an adventurous and holy missionary. Sigh, anyway I got a biopsy from the health center, but they gave some silly answers, and so my favorite dermatologist took a biopsy and sent it out to a dermapathologist in Salt Lake.

This was her great reply:

"The findings could certainly be those of a deep gyrate erythema. Because lymphoid cells are seen around a single nerve, one would also need to consider the less likely possibility of borderline leprosy. The lack of epidermal necrosis and papillary dermal edema argues against polymorphic light eruption. The lack of basement membrane zone changes or interstitial mucin argues against lupus erythematosus. Clinicopathologic correlation is advised. "

Okay if a parasite means you were a good missionary, doesn't leprosy mean you were an angel missionary?
So the likelihood of it being leprosy is practically non existent because you usually need to be around someone for years with leprosy before you get it, but that didn't stop me from talking to Stephen in a serious face and telling him that I got the results back from my biopsy and . . . I have leprosy!!!

Actually it is probably a deep gyrate erythema which isn't even cool. In fact it is just boring, but perhaps boring is good if I want to live, which . . . once finals are over, I just might want to do.



Stephanie said...

Wow, a miniscule possibility that I'm friends with a leper, that is exciting! Can you translate the rest of her reply? What is "clinicopathologic correlation"?

Ruth said...

nothing more exciting? love you!

Charles said...

The magnitude of your copious assertion is far too sagacious for my diminutive comprehension.

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Lori said...

Hmm . . . I've never had a leper for a friend before. I'm glad to hear that you had such a distinguished mission that you have been stricken with pseudo-leprosy.

P.S. I love that your blog changes colors and format all the time--just like you always rearranging your bedroom in high school. I can see you haven't changed. :)