"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A good day

A week last Friday, I had an appointment for a mammogram. As they don't recall anyone after the age of seventy, this would have been my last, which I was quite relieved about, as the last couple have been more than a little painful. (The word 'excruciating' comes to mind!) I don't think I would have been any good at all at being one of those mediaeval martyrs, the ones who were squashed under heavy weights in particular. The thought even flitted through my mind that it wouldn't be so terrible if I cancelled. After all, there is no history of breast cancer in my family and I have never had any problems myself, but then I remembered that in recent years, I have had three friends who have had breast cancer, with varying outcomes, so I decided that maybe I should attend after all.
As it happened, the experience wasn't quite as bad as on previous occasions and I quickly forgot about it - until last Friday, when a letter arrived, asking me to come back on Tuesday, together with a sheaf of leaflets and information about the further tests which would or might be carried out. Well, that rather upset my weekend and, imagination running true to form, by Tuesday morning, having worked my way through a few possible scenarios, I had got as far as wondering what would become of the dogs if I were not able to take them out for walks. (I was also a bit annoyed that they had recalled me on a Tuesday, which is the day of my Welsh class!)
However, after further investigation, things were quickly found to be well after all  and I can relax again, as can Keith. He wasn't too happy either!
So yesterday was, in the end, a good day.

9 comments:

  1. Whew! You had my interest right to the (happy) end.

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    1. Yes, I don't mind admitting that I was a bit worried!

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  2. Glad to hear that everything is well Jenny.

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  3. That's such a relief for Keith. How would he cope with all the domestic duties that you perform so brilliantly?

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    1. Indeed! The house would soon be knee deep in detritus! :)

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  4. I remember my wife receiving a similar letter. I believe the machines are not 100%, and a re-visit is often the result of poor initial images. Good news.

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  5. I discovered that the screening was as good as the operator that does it. A couple of times it was a breeze and not at all painful, just a bit uncomfortable. The last time was like a bad joke and painful to boot.

    Glad all was well with you.

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