Renovation project - I've found a lump!
To day is not a good day, I didn't say earlier in the blog, but
when we registered with the doctor I needed to see one, I had found a
lump, this is not the first time so I was aware of the process in the
It is slightly different in France, in the UK the GP will make an
appointment for you to have a scan and biopsy, in France the GP
checks you and luckily she wasn’t too concerned but still felt that
I needed a mammogram and scan to be sure. Yet I still had an appointment more quickly than the emergency appointment that I had in the UK!
I was given the telephone number for the hospital and a medical
centre that just specialises in scans and x-rays. A friend booked my
appointment and it is today. Today is also the day that John has the
last of his dental treatment, I do feel sorry for him as every time
he is not well I have to go one better with illness, how can he
complain about a visit to the dentist when I am waiting to see if I
am to be given a death sentence?????
Sitting in the waiting room is the most surreal experience ever,
we sit and chat and joke, yet in a matter of minutes our whole lives
could change beyond recognition. I am called in for the mammogram and
go back to the waiting room, when I am called in again, I am told
that the mammogram is not very clear so I have a full scan, the
doctor is so nice and his English is great, this is one of the most
scary parts of moving to another country with a different language,
what will you do if you suddenly become very ill? How would you cope?
Well so far for us it has been great, all the professionals have a
great level of English but if this is not the case, you will soon
find friends that can speak French, and who are kind enough to help
you out, never let this concern put you off doing something like
Anyway back to the results, the lump (well 2 of them now, the scan
found another) are not a problem, they are cysts (this sounds gross
but I couldn't be happier).
I now wait for my scans, you actually take this with you and keep
them, I now need to make an appointment with a gynaecologist to
discuss another issue, he will also have a look at these scans. There
is no waiting for a referral, it is simply a case of ringing to make
We pay at the counter only 92 Euros, which we will be able to
claim back as soon as the carte vitale arrives.
Poor John, we can now give him lots of sympathy, he has ad another
tooth taken out and looks and feels dreadful, OK John you can take
the day off, I might even look after you for a while.
But days like this make you realise just how short life can be and
make you realise you should grab every opportunity with both hands
and not put things off for a date in the future, that future may not
be as long as you hope it will be.
And in the famous words of NIKE, just go for it!