I cannot fault the NHS (so far). I have had many dealings with them at various points in my life, being born was probably the first one but I struggle to remember it…forgive me.
However, I have had 3 children, all born by caesarean section, I have had kidney stones and infections (very painful), ive have gallstones (OMG Painful), my son had Meningitis aged just 2,my mum has many many many many ailments, and my step father died of stomach cancer in 2005 😦 – so I can genuinely say I’ve had plenty of interaction with the NHS over the years. (im not posh, can’t afford private)
I don’t want to go into loads of technical and medical jargon at this point as I will probably bore you stupid. But I should briefly cover the battery of tests and other stuff I have had since I discovered the umpa lumpa.
GP – The same day I discovered my lump I went to see my GP. Remember i discovered the lump at 07:15. I was on the phone by 8:30 that same morning and no way on Gods green earth was any snotty receptionist going to tell me I couldnt see a doctor for X amount of days – HELL NO! I want to see any doctor TODAY! I HAVE A LUMP IN MY BREAST….and that was the exact thing I said to the receptionist that very morning. She got me in at 10am – nuff said.
The NHS has some charter which states any woman (or man) finding a lump in thier breast must be seen by a breast specialist within 2 weeks. I had my appointment within 6 days…nuff said.
I was prodded, poked, squeezed by every doctor and nurse and piece of buzzing and bleeping medical equipment made available. The mammogram wasn’t that bad actually, uncomfortable for a few moments but I have a fairly good sized pair of beauties to take some of the pressure of those mammo plates (if you have little titties….ummm, may hurt a bit). Then I had an ultrasound and a doctor took 2 biopsies of the umpa lumpa and told me the results would be back in 2 weeks. That was the longest 2 weeks EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
Anyway…..the results did confirm I have a grade 2 breast cancer and surgery was scheduled to remove the lump and check my lymph nodes for spread for 12th October.