I am somewhat bemused when I have the Oncology receptionist, God bless her cotton socks) chase me at work to have an apologetic chat with me. It usually means that a doctor somewhere, in the higher echelons has given her the directive to chase.
I have discovered that Oncology doctors only want to see you when there is cause to, which in some respects is great, but generally not when you don’t expect them to call and when you only had this trip a week ago.
That call came through today, at recess, between chatting to a new batch of Student Teachers and morning tea and on my husbands birthday on all days. “They want to follow up the testing they did in emergency.” “oh why is that so”? says I wondering, considering that the tests were, as far as I was concerned, done and dusted so to speak. A colposcopy is what I need to book you in for, she continues – to which I ask why and to which the hedging begins – we most certainly live in a litigious society don’t we!
So of course, our natural reflex kicks in – a quick double click of the browser and up comes Google. Yes. Hands up those who have diagnosed all sorts of weird and wonderful things with Google! I am a doctor of Googling. A supreme expert! This was no exception – I actually had a medical term! (yes folks, we find ourselves in exciting times!)
“Many premalignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have discernible characteristics which can be detected through the examination. It is done using a colposcope, which provides an enlarged view of the areas, allowing the colposcopist to visually distinguish normal from abnormal appearing tissue and take directed biopsies for further pathological examination. The main goal of colposcopy is to prevent cervical cancer by detecting precancerous lesions early and treating them”
Isn’t that funny, not ha ha funny but bizzare funny because last time I looked I had a TAH (Total Abdominal Hysterectomy) which means out with all the girly bits except the ovaries and YET we still manage to have ‘abnormalities’. May as well tune me up into Darth Vader so all I have to do is “restart” or press ctrl + alt + del :P
On the count of three, lets get hysterical. One , two…just kidding. The test results came back as ‘abnormal’ so whats the plan now? I don’t know about you but I have a lemon meringue pie waiting for me and a birthday cake to make with two little kids and one big kid one hovering to lick the bowl!
Life is a beautiful puzzle of uncertainty, coloured with many shades, hues and tones. We’ll take it one step at a a time, one day at a time, one test at a time. For now, its time to celebrate a birthday and to wish on a star who knows what tomorrow brings 🙂 We may just be suprised or simply mutter....bugger.
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