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The painful swab last week has resulted in no organisms (bacteria or viruses) found. So now its back on Monday for the biopsy. After that swab, I am afraid to go back! I asked the nurse last time what the biopsy would entail and she said he would probably shave skin on the area and it would take about 5 minutes. I asked her if he would do the "punch" thing to obtain the sample and she said possibly. I wish I would have asked him while he was in there considering she is the one who dug at my finger like she did. Anyway, when he looked at it, my husband asked him what he thought it was. He said possibly a resistant bacteria or possibly skin cancer. I asked him about connective tissue disorders and he didn't really respond and my husband told him I have been researching on the net and he said "The internet, what a wonderful tool" and smiled. I live in a small, hick town and wonder about some of these doctors. At least this one thought it was rediculous nobody had taken a culture. By the way, the small white dots are gone and it is sealing ok, but the whole knuckle looks swollen around the sealing part. It does feel much better, but my other knuckles on my hand are red and the skin is dry. Any input on anything I have posted here is really, really appreciated. Please respond with any help, thoughts, or suggestions!!!!!!!!!!!! I know most of you are not "professionals", but opinions are good to consider. Thank you all!!

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Most of us have come across doctors who are not that keen on their patients researching the internet. I suppose they are right on a lot of things, but we owe it to ourselves to be as informed as possible about our choices. Ultimately, even with the doctor as expert, we should be involved in the process. I am glad things are looking up. Let us know how the biopsy goes and keep strong.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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