I revisited the doc today for a couple reasons. First, to get my blood work (refer to my previous admission to high cholesterol/triglycerides) and secondly to get a steroid shot for some tendonitis in my shoulder (too much Facebook time probably...smirk). While there, I asked, "so, doc...what were you saying about that mole of mine?"
Well, it turns out we had a miscommunication. He claimed that he might have said we could "lop it off"...but for now, he just wanted to keep it under observation. While my growing awareness has instilled a growing paranoia within me, I agree that it's a good idea to just watch for now. Afterall, I know I've had this mole (dysplastic nevi...or as I learned recently, Clark's nevi) for years and it's not changed that I can recall. Plus I had two separate dermatologists do the full-body finger skin dance on me and neither really made note of it. And I KNOW they looked at it...it's in a realtively high ticklish spot and I recall the fingers brushing that area (blush).
I'm scheduled see my primary dermatologist before I'm to return to my GP, plus I plan to monitor this (and one other that's being "watched" per suggestion by dermatologist #2) closely with comparitive photos. I'm not a doctor by any means, but I feel pretty confident that I can effectively monitor it and make an appointment should I see a change.
Thanks for the thoughts and commentary here and over on Facebook. Now to start a diet because...well, my triglycerides are through the roof. That's what I get for munching on snacks during vacation. But at least I did so while wearing sunscreen :)