Good news, good discussion about cancer surgery


Sometimes things just aren’t what you want them to be. Maybe I should say usually instead of sometimes.

Cancer surgery? I had already been convinced that this was not a potentially fatal procedure. But, just the thought of being cut made me pretty pissed off. It turns out I had no reason to be.

Wednesday morning, after breakfast at Les Deplorables, I went to Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center for the operation.

Dear friend Larry Welch had had surgery for skin cancer several times and he welcomed me right away. I arrived around 10:15 am.

A gentle nurse explained the upcoming procedure to me; I started to feel almost at ease.

Then my surgeon walked in and introduced himself as Dr. Kenny Joseph Omlin. A young and friendly guy. He really surprised me. He sat down, took my hand and said, “Before I begin, let me tell you a story. “

And he did.

When he was a sophomore medical student in Toledo, Ohio, he stayed with a Danzeisen family. A happy stay.

When he got his MD, he came to Kaiser as a dermatologist. He noticed that one of the doctors here was called Danzeisen. My Dr D.

He called Dr D and asked him if he knew the Danzeisen of Toledo. Dr D replied: ‘Yes, this is my father, Milo. “

The world is small. We laughed. Dr D has been my personal physician for almost 20 years. More my friend than my doctor.

At this point, I was convinced that everything would be fine. And it was.

The operation went off without a hitch. The bandage on my ear looked like an elephant’s ear. It was supposed to come off in 48 hours.

I had hoped that the medics here on the patio would help me remove the bandage. But they weren’t allowed to do so.

I got a call from Dr Omlin. He convinced me it was okay. I should be able to remove the bandage and clean the wound twice a day.

He was right. I followed his advice and everything is going well.

While I waited for the results of a biopsy to see if they had removed all the cancer, Larry Welch and I walked down the hall and got our booster shot. It was the worst experience of the day and about a week later my whole body was aching. Anyway, when I got back to the waiting room, Dr. Online came out and told me I was clear. They had removed all the cancer cells.

I am a happy guy. You would be too.

My whole experience with Kaiser has been good. They have services that you and I don’t know about.

A friend is taking a very intense online course to help him stop drinking. He abused alcohol. Looks like he’ll be okay with it.

I wonder what else they offer. . . .

Murray Bass of Fairfield can be reached at 707-720-5139 Where [email protected].