Freedom Friday is still on hiatus because it's summer and I'm distracted. I'm just not feeling it today.
So, I got some good news this morning.
I DON'T have skin cancer.
The phone rings. I look at the caller id, see it is the Dermatology Clinic and waffle about whether or not to answer it. I can't imagine what they want but decide maybe there was an insurance billing issue from my recent visit so I'd better talk to them.
Woman: Hello, this is (I don't remember her name. Let's call her "Helen.") Helen at the Dermatology Clinic. Is Elizabeth there?
Me: (People always get my real name wrong. It's Elisa. But I also answer to Elsie, Eliza, Alicia, Elsa, etc.-so Elizabeth is not a real stretch.) This is
"Helen": Is your birthday xx/xx/xx?
Me: (patiently) Yes, that's correct.
"Helen": Well, Elisa, we've got your biopsy results back. It's not skin cancer...
(At this point, I'm sighing with relief...)
"Helen": ...but I noticed that you don't have a follow-up appointment scheduled for nine months and with suspected skin cancer...
Me: (at this point my brain catches up with the conversation) Wha...huh?! I didn't have a biopsy done. (pause) Did I?!
"Helen": On the spot on your left cheek?
Me: Uhhhh...I did have a spot on my cheek but it's eczema. I have some cream for it. A biopsy, really?
"Helen": Oh...maybe I have the wrong person. The chart says Elizabeth but the computer says Elisa.
Me: Um, yeah, I think you need to call Elizabeth.
I hang up and then I remember that this is the same clinic that the last time I was there the nurse asked if I had been taking my Prednisone. Huh? What Prednisone? I wasn't prescribed any Prednisone. And she looks at the chart and says well, it says on the chart here that you were supposed to be taking Prednisone.
I'm thinking that poor Elizabeth is being treated for my eczema and may or may not have been taking her Prednisone.
This does not inspire confidence in said Dermatology Clinic.
On a completely unrelated note, we're planning a trip to Washington D.C. at the end of the month. (Dear Would-Be Burglars: My house will still be occupied. And our ADT alarm system, also known as our German Shepherd, will be on full alert. Also too, we don't own anything valuable.) Have you been? What are the main must-see's? We'll be taking our 13-and 9-year old girls. Any advice?
On another tangent, I'm hating my photo-taking lately. I have a Canon Digital Rebel (the old one, not the XTi)with a 18m-55mm lense but I don't know if my camera is just losing it, if I need a new lense, or if it's just user error. (I'd bet on user error!) No matter what settings I use, my pics are either too dark, too light or grey-ish. Did I really just use the British spelling for gray?! The colors are washed out and the pictures just aren't very sharp. Any photog buffs out there? What might I be doing wrong? What kind of lense do you use most often? I really want my D.C. pics to be good.
On a related note, do you use Photoshop Elements or the full-blown Photoshop? I don't know how to use either but I'm thinking I could fix some of my photo trouble with a good editor.
Well, I just noticed that it's 3:00 pm and I'm still in my pj's. Gotta love summer.
I'd better go wash a few dishes before the hubster gets home. And maybe take a shower.