Monday, January 25, 2010
Mind over Matter
I had that exam (that I blogged about in my previous blog) today, and another ultrasound. Still looked like the moon, but at least this time the doctor explained what I was looking at. These aren't the kind of exams that you look forward to, well then again what exams are? I haven't heard of anyone I know looking forward to a pap test or any other kind of similar test. The doctor put me at ease right away. He said he hoped that I spoke to him after this procedure. Apparently I have a uterine polyp. The doctor asked what I should name it. Trying to make me laugh. That is a good one, usually I am the one who is the class clown. I named it Fred. Don't ask me why.
Then came the biopsy. Now the whole exam, biopsy and part where they keep you there so you don't pass out lasted about an hour. Now I am not going to tell you what the procedure entailed, but I can tell you this: When you are actually having a procedure done time stands still. I know it didn't take that long because I brought my ipod. Something to focus on while they are doing whatever they need to do and getting whatever they need to get. It only took about 3 songs for the biopsy to be done. It was pretty painful. At one point I recall making a fist and really wanting to punch someone. When the doc was over I asked him if he was going to insert any other major appliances in there. He and his nurse laughed.
Then they make you lie down so you don't have a vasovagal episode. Medical term for passing out. So I laid there. Got thirsty asked for water. Got water. Lights were bright. Nurse turned the lights off. Ok. after a little while I decided I wanted to go. Got up started to get dressed. I am not sure if the room spun or if I did but I decided it was a good idea to lay back down. Nurse comes back in. Told her I got dizzy. Raised the seat up so I would be sitting, she thought that was a good idea, that would make it so I would be less dizzy. Sat there for a while. Now during all this time my radio show was going on and I was missing it. I do have a puritan work ethic, I don't like missing work, but obviously this was an important reason to miss it.
So there I sat. Waiting for my dizziness to subside. I looked at my watch and it said 11:15.
I actually thought to myself. "This is bullshit. I am a cancer survivor and a hockey player. I need to suck it up and go."
I finished getting dressed. Opened the door. The doctor and I exchanged pleasantries, he said I looked good standing up. Funny guy.
He said not to be too concerned about the polyp. He didn't think it was cancer. Ha, I have heard that one before.
I don't feel as nervous as I did before I had the test. I am cautiously optimistic that Fred is benign.
Results will be in in a few days.
Again I wait.
Mel is the producer/co-host of The Vic McCarty show. Listen live Monday-Friday 10am-Noon eastern time on wmktthetalkstation.com.
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