Thursday, 26 June 2014

Renovation project - I've found a lump!

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 UK.

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 this.

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 an appointment.

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!

10 comments:

  1. OMG Jenny, that is so scary hope all is well x

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    1. Thanks Roz, all went well luckily :) x

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  2. Never been so happy to have cysts!!! Hope your other 'women's' issues are easily solved and that John feels better soon.

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    1. thanks so much Janice, but think the menopause is definitely kicking in!

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  3. What a stressful day. Glad the lump was not what you feared. Poor John with his tooth out.....Lots of sympathy for you both.

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    1. thanks Maggie, stressful yes, but big relief at the end :)

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  4. and you are doing that , living your dream.....we should all learn from this....thrilled the news was good.....(i always read the posts but rarely comment-pleased the b n b going well and hope to get there one day)

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    1. thanks Elsy, it is a great privilege to be able to do this and happy that we can share it with everybody :)

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  5. I hope all turns out OK for you, and the other "gyne" thing!

    stay sane
    GillX

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    1. Thanks Gill, just love the french health system :)

      xx

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