Thursday, September 13, 2012

Close Call

Okay, so for the last week or two I have felt not so good.   Of course, there was the almost-dying thing involving the Heimlich a couple of weeks ago.  Fortunately, other than a bruise, that turned out well.  But I've had such a headache, a sore neck, shoulder and arm.  I've been, well, just a tad grumpy.   And I've been so tired.  Also, my stomach got upset almost everytime I ate (but I am not a quitter -- that didn't stop me from trying).   For years I've been going to a physicians assistant for my annual exams.   I love her, she is amazing and smart and funny and makes everyone feel comfortable.   But she retired.  Darn her!   So, I'm a year past due for my annual exam and most beloved mammogram.   So, of course, in my mind, my not feeling well meant I had cancer.   It was tough connecting the dots between the headache, sore neck, shoulder and arm and cancer, but I managed.  I had a harder time with the stomach thing, so I just kind of ignored that.  

So, last Sunday I was in church sitting by myself (my husband sits on the stand) and a friend came and sat next to me.   We have three meetings every Sunday, but  I was going to leave after the first because I wasn't feeling very well.   She looked at me, told me I looked pale, and asked if I felt okay.   She's a nurse.    I told her that no, I didn't feel very well.   She then asked, "Do you have a headache, does your body ache, are you tired all the time, and is your stomach upset?"   Well, as a matter of fact, yes.   To all of the above.  

She smiled and then said - - "Oh, I've had that crud, too.  It's going around.  You should go home and rest."    I hugged her.  I didn't have cancer!   I wasn't going to die!   Phew!  That was a close one. 

But I still need to find a new doctor and make that appointment.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  


20 comments:

  1. hahaha....I am the same way. My Doctor told me to stay away from WebMD.

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    1. haha . . .yeah, that self-diagnosis can be harmful to your health!

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  2. I do the same thing! :)

    I have my annual appointment next week (joy...)--and with a new doctor (ugh). Think of me. ;)

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    1. I feel for ya, Dana! I hate going to new doctors. Hopefully he'll be like Marcus Welby :)

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    2. I just really dated myself with that Marcus Welby comment . . .

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  3. I hope you are on the mend. I've been dragging my feet about scheduling an appt w/ the doctor assigned to me by my state health insurance. I'm a little reluctant to go...I have white coat syndrome. Suppose I should just get it over with eh?

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  4. Hope you are feeling a bit better by now. I also jump to conclusions about symptoms. And I do not permit myself to read the inserts that come with prescription drugs or I will assuredly get all the side effects. :)

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    1. Haha! Why do we do that to ourselves?!

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  5. Phew! That turned out better than where I thougHt it was headed (and no, I won't say any more)...hope it doesn't last long!

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  6. Close call indeed. Sorry you're sick but glad it's only a bug passing through.
    by the way...I love your Halloween decor but the red print on the purple is VERY hard to read.

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    1. I'm playing with it as we speak. I'm not good at this stuff, so hopefully it will be easy enough to ready now :)

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  7. My aunt does that all the time. Every time she gets a headache she fears a brain tumor ... usually it turns out just being that time of the month again ... you know.

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  8. Did you google your symptoms? I've learned NOT to do that. You will invariably find out that you have cancer! Hope you feel better.
    (Ah, the hubby on the stand. Aren't you glad you don't have little kids to deal with? When I see our bishopric's wives come in during the opening song, with their children in tow, I think, bless you for even showing up!)

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    1. I respect all mothers with small children!!! I don't know how I did it, but my children turned out pretty good :).

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  9. Judy, do you have my house bugged??? What the heck.. I have been seeing my dr., having all kinds of tests done, waiting for results and finally being told I need a biopsy - given my past history with cancer.. I am SO happy you are okay and I hope you're feeling better. I'm not ashamed to ask this/say this but I sure would appreciate your prayers. - Love the Halloween background. :)

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  10. My dear friend, you are forever in my prayers- so sorry for all you are going through now.

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  11. I could probably do with a bit of hypochondria myself--since I normally swing too far in the opposite direction, dismissing every symptom as "probably just slept wrong" or "that fish might not have been so fresh." I can also appreciate the struggle of finding a new care provider. I've been with nurse practitioner for fifteen years now and I live in fear of the day she retires.

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