Wednesday, 9 December 2009

OK, now listen...................

I'm going to tell you what happens after you get the letter none of us lasses want to see:  you've had a mammogram (they send for us every 3 years after age 50)and instead of getting the letter which says "All fine.  See you in 3 years", you get the one which says"...not quite what we expect.  You have an appointment for further investigations next week...etc etc".


It has happened to me!  The leaflet I got last Thursday said don't panic but you do.  My appointment was to attend Castle Hill Hospital in Hull.  Well that didn't go down well for a start!  My initial mammo had been at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby and Castle Hill strikes terror into the hearts of us 50-odds because it's always been thought of as the place where people only come out feet first!  Not any more;  they send you wherever there are appointments.


2,20 was my allotted time so we arrived at 1pm, Which turned out to be a good idea because I got called for straight away, no hanging about.


You go through to a mammogram room where the problem is explained to you and theyou have offending mammo well and truly grammed again.  It's not nice is it?  Talk about thumb-screws!  To be fair though the techy did say (not without relish I thought ) "You're not going to like this....".  Then you go straight through to the doctor who shows you the pictures and explains again what the problem is, or might be.  She has a lttle poke about your boobs then ultrasounds the naughty one.  As she wasn't sure what she was looking at she decided to do a biopsy.  "It won't hurt a bit," she said "Once the local anaesthetric is in.  That will sting a bit."  I had a moment of deja vu.  Now where had I heard that story before?  Dentist?


Well you know she was as good as her word.  It didn't hurt, not at all.  Even the local was not all that stingy and she explained everything she did before she did it.  A couple of loud clicks from the biopsy needle and Bob's your uncle, Charlie's your aunt.


Now I wait until next Thursday when I get the results from DPOW in Grimsby.  My mood at the moment is quite 'up' but who knows what I may tell you after?  


What I wanted to say was that, if you ever get recalled DON'T PANIC.  Got it?  Don't.  Wait until 2 days before you get the results and then.....PANIC LIKE MAD!


17 comments:

Andy said...

I am sure everything will be OK in fact I know it will be.
Andy

Teacher's Pet said...

You are one cool and calm cookie, Angie..
I've had so many friends who have had to go back for the needle biopsy...and I've had to go back for one myself. Good news on all accounts...no problems found...cysts.
So, keep that chin up girl...
You are an amazing writer!!
Big smiles from Jackie

Sage said...

Oh Angie; what a bummer! Probably nothing but until you know you are going through the worse scenerio possible; we are aftr all human. Sending you a big Hug and a little prayer; I'm thinking of you.
Rita

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do hope all turns out well for you. Any of us would probably do the same. It doesn't do a bit of good, but just the same we tend to look at it as bad news. The good news is that you got your check up. Many don't, including myself. I'll be praying.

GrandmaK said...

Wishing you well and praying for negative results! Cathy

Sugar said...

wishing you good results on your next exam. hoping all turns out well. will send up a prayer.
hugs & God bless...

StitchinByTheLake said...

Angie my daughter has had to have that biopsy not once but twice so far and all is well. Nevertheless, I am praying right this very minute that yours will be completely clear and that God will calm your heart. blessings, marlene

joolzmac said...

Oh dear, that's a crappy thing to be worrying about before Christmas but I've got my fingers and toes crossed for you for a clear result.
Haven't had to face a mammo yet but I guess the time is approaching. Good luck,
Joolz

Hollie said...

Praying everything works out just fine for you!

Kath said...

Prayers all goes well Angie,carn't say don't worry I would be out of my mind,but thats me anyway,what a long way you had to travel.That name brings back memories for me Castle Hill,I didn't fancy that place at all.So many people had bad words for it.I got an appointment for there just before I left the coast,so I cancelled and waited until I came back home,W.Yorks,as I call it.We have the local units here which stand in our health centre grounds for so many days for appointments.Only a five minute walk from home.It's a bummer when one has to travel so far.Hope Keith is well.I'll be praying hard for you.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

Marie said...

Oh Angie . . . my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you. What an ordeal. Hoping and praying that all is well, and on pins and needles right along with you. (((((hugs)))) Keep us posted sweet friend. Loving you loads. xxoo

ADB said...

That is indeed not a nice message to have to receive, and I hope the biopsy result will give you the all clear. Keep us posted.

Guido

LYN said...

WOW..WILL BE KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS ANG...LETS HOPE FOR THE BEST NEWS EVER!!

Patchwork Dragon said...

Fingers and everything crossed for good news for you Angie!

Daria said...

Wishing you all the best with the results.

Jasper said...

Blimey Angel!!! We are keeping everything crossed for you.

You will be OK. R is much on the mend after her op this year and her mum has had the Big C twice, and so we KNOW you will be OK. You're far too good to be squandered on the Demon C. Still, it's mega scary anyway, so sending love of big hugs and warm slobbery licks from Jasper xxxxxx

krissy knox said...

Hi. Found you through another blog. Never panic. I was called back also. It was negative -- I didn't have cancer or anything else but fibroids. So how are YOU doing?