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68F100
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posted 03-07-2005 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I went to the hospital about a week and a half ago for a funky growth on my foot. Doc said it was "proud flesh" - tissue that grows out from a wound when the skin doesn't heal around it fast enough.

Anyhow, he sliced it off and cauterized it with silver nitrate, but obviously didn't do a good enough job, because it's growing back.

I have a blowtorch and could probably find some steel rod...

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-07-2005 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, several times. A couple times on purpose, even!

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Big D
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posted 03-07-2005 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd get back in and have SOMEONE ELSE take care of it.. Something like this can effect you forever.. That doesn't sound good..

Wondered what happened to you..

And,, Take It Easy..

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mustangs68
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posted 03-07-2005 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems I was growing another left side of my head..went to the Doc and she asked if I wanted it off now or go to a surgeon.I said now

Numbed it,Got out that trusty rusty pocket knife and cut it off...
My head woke up and hour and a half later WOW!

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Fastback68
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posted 03-07-2005 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never having heard of "proud flesh" before, I just had to find out! According to this URL ...
http://www.equisearch.com/care/treatment/eqhumble530/
... cauterizing is NOT the recommended course of action, at least not if you're a horse. It also says proud flesh often refuses to give up easily, so you just have to keep going at it.

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68F100
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posted 03-07-2005 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, that's pretty much how the doc explained it to me too. Never mentioned anything about horses, though.

I had never heard of it either. It's growing in between my toes- looks like a 6th toe growing in. I guess I'm just a mutant freak now.


That article is right about it bleeding. Bleeds like a faucet was turned on if I poke at it.

I could write one of the funniest books you ever read about bad luck, but it would probably never get published.

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missing link
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posted 03-08-2005 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for missing link   Click Here to Email missing link     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have had silver nitrate used before. The way the dr said it worked was by melting (burning) the skin. Hurt like a SOB when it got to the good skin. Was begining to think he was demented for using it the way it started to burn. Sounds like you need to get a 2nd on this one.
Dave

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 03-08-2005 05:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds painfull.

Please take it easy....

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-08-2005 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a wart on my index finger once, I tried getting rid of it 3-4 times using Compound W. It would go away for a while, then come back. One day I was doing some brazing and I saw that wart and said to myself "WTF." I sizzled that baby off and twenty years later all I have is a tiny dimple there.

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68F100
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posted 03-08-2005 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave Witthoeft:
Sounds painfull.

Please take it easy....


Actually, it's not. Just annoying. When the doc sliced it off, I couldn't even tell until I felt the blood dribbling down my foot. I felt the silver nitrate, but it didn't hurt. (didn't help either, obviously)

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johnny 4-speed
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posted 03-08-2005 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnny 4-speed   Click Here to Email johnny 4-speed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You remember tat scene from Rambo III? Rambo had an arrow hole in his rib cage, What did he do? Pulled the arrow out, poured fuel in the wound and lit! Presto cauterized wound!

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