Last night Hubs found a rather sizable lump in my right breast.
Totally killed the post-coital glow, can I tell you. (Oh, and Happy Mothers Day – thought we’d end your day with something to remember it by.)
“Um, your breast doesn’t feel right…”
I feign calm.
“It’s right, I’ll ring my GP tomorrow and get an appointment”
Sleep was a long time coming, but I kept telling myself it could be anything… I’d pushed myself a little harder at the gym with my lat pulldowns on Thursday – could that have something to do with it? A cyst? An alien bursting from my breast instead of my chest? (…I know this isn’t funny, but humour is a great defense mechanism for dealing with mind-altering uncertainty.)
More calm in the morning. Get the kids off to school and then come home to kill time (I vacuumed the floor – twice.) until I can pick up the phone at 9 a.m. and ring my GP.
“Hello, this is Glenda.”
“Hi, Glenda. Just wondering if Doctor W. has any appointments this week?”
“I’m sorry, but the clinic is fully booked until 28th of May, which is 2 weeks from now.”
“Oh… can I make a booking for then please?”
“Certainly. Our computers are down, but I will call you back within the hour with a day and time.”
Enter Plan B.
“Hello, this is Libby.”
“Hi Libby. I’m just wondering if I’m on Doctor A.’s books anymore?”
“How long since you’ve seen him?”
“Tasha, do you have another GP?”
“Yes, but I can’t see her for 2 weeks and I’ve discovered a rather sizable lump on my right breast and am freaking out a little.”
“I suggest you let them know that and perhaps they can get you in to see your GP a little earlier.”
“Okay. Thanks Libby. Bye.”
Enter Plan C.
Start to panic. And do a Google search.
Self-diagnosing is not something I’m a big fan of, but a grape-sized lump in your right breast is enough to send anyone tapping the keyboard.
9 out of 10 lumps discovered are not cancer
I can deal with that.
At 9:45 Glenda rings back and tells me that I can see my GP on the 23rd of May. When I tell her what’s going on she says she can get me in to see Doctor M. on Wednesday. This Wednesday (15/5/13) at 11:15 a.m.
And now begins the hurry up and wait…