Some days are sooooooooo full that when you do finally sit down with a cuppa, the only thing you can do is fall asleep!
Started off with waking up at 4am for my 6:45am flight back from Cork to Birmingham!
When I did get home I had a few hours to catch up and really wanted to sleepy, but though I’d better not. I rang the Nuclear Medicine Dept for an appointment for my heart scan and bizarrely they had a cancellation for tomorrow (18th Oct) and asked if I was free to come in then, 10:30am! So that’s me first thing, back in the QE.
I made it to the Women’s Hospital for around 12:45 and decided to sit down in the lobby area watching pregnant ladies, anxious dads and medical staff wandering around. I was super lost in my Netflix show.
So around 1:15 I went up to the 3rd floor to the Colonoscopy and Hysteroscopy Dept. I hate having anything done in the womb and cervix. I was trying so hard to be calm and was for the most part.
A woman, also waiting, was nattering on the phone to someone and I was so glad to be zoned out.
Then I got called in. Siobhan and Becky were there to perform the procedure.
Siobhan said it shouldn’t take more than 10 mins, I shook my head and said “where is the gas and air?”, she said they’d have to get it from the other side of the hospital.
They tried to do the biopsy of the womb. Even with gas and air they couldn’t access the cervix. Siobhan had to stop and after I stopped crying she managed to chat to me. She asked me sit down and explained what she wanted to happen next. The lining of the womb is several mm which for someone who isn’t having periods isn’t normal. She explained I had several fibroids too and the channel to the cervix is torturous.
Siobhan had seen how torturous it was trying to access the cervix and felt in order to get the biopsy needed, it might be best to have it done under general anaesthetic.
She sent me down to floor 1 where I was suitably met by an amazing nurse called Sue. Before going in to see Sue, I had my swabs done, ECG done, BP and heart rate.
By the time I’d gone in to see her, I was a little dazed. Sue looked at me and asked if I was ok. I told her I had an appointment at the Breast Care unit at 4pm and couldn’t miss it. The results of my mammogram were back.
Sue had to go all through my medical history. Much the same that Siobhan had had to earlier. It’s weird how when I have to recount my many operations and illnesses, how others look at me and wander how I stand up. At one point I’m sure Sue had a tear in her eyes.
She explained that she wanted to talk with the Anesthetist Emma, about everything and if she could, catch them to chat to me. After a long chat with Sue, I waiting in the queue for my bloods to be taken. Whilst I was waiting, Sue came back and said the anesthetist was free to chat to me. So around 3:20 I spoke to her. Wonderful lady who explained the options I had for the procedure. She was pleased I was going to have my heart scan tomorrow, as it gave more information on my possibilities of having another anaesthetic. We talked for about 10 mins and such a nice helpful person. Then I headed back to the queue for bloods.
Sue asked all those who were waiting to let me go first since I had an appt at 4pm. I went in and told the phlebotomist that I don’t give blood easily. But bloody hell, she got it first time! I was chuffed to bits.
After picking up some more information from Sue I made my way back down to ground floor to meet Nin so we could go in together to the Breast Care Unit.
We waiting a long time but went in and spoke to Mr Basu. I was so glad to see him, I though he’s left! Thankfully I was wrong. He told us that the mammogram was clear except some heavy scarring around the bust. I don’t think he was expecting that but he said at least no cancer was present. I said rather flippantly I think, “great”. Then asked him about a breast reduction of the right side to make it the same side as the right.
We chatted about the different options and I told him about attending the lymphadema clinic. He said it would be good to reassess the situation in 6 months time. I was ok with that and to be honest, super glad to be going home.
I’m very aware that cancer doesn’t often come but into the breast and I shouldn’t be jumping for job and announcing it over Facebook or anything else. Cancer once it has gone beyond the lymph nodes can come back anywhere in the body. So a clear mammogram is good but not definitive.
It’s been one hell of a day and now I’m super exhausted and ready to sleep. Thank you so much to Lusia who always reads and comments on my blogs. To everyone else who likes it too, thank you.
Much love and goodnight. Xxxx