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Pricks, Pricks...and More Pricks

posted 1/14/2008 7:29:50 PM |
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  Classy_Blonde

I honestly thought I was going to make it through one day without having to deal with being fondled or poked. Guess that's what I get for thinking.

In my Friday blog, I was getting ready to head to Jacksonville for an MRI. While on my way there, I stopped and got a bite to eat. After a few nibbles of food, it occured to me, maybe I should be fasting. I called the lab, and sure enough...no one had bothered to tell me. I was also running a little late, so they ended up rescheduling me for today (Monday).

Since I was already headed toward the interstate, I decided to take a drive south, to Flagler. There's an ice cream biz that has delicious Toasted Coconut ice cream. It is located directly across the street from the beach. I ordered my ice cream and walked over to the boardwalk. There were very few people on the beach, considering it was fairly nice out. Flagler is a pretty cool place. It still has that '60's surfer feel to it.



Saturday, I had to drive to Mandarin for more blood testing. More darned needles! The lab accidentally did the wrong tests, so they needed to draw more blood.

Today, I was up by 5:45a, and I couldn't even put on a pot of coffee. I arrived for my MRI, filled out my paperwork, got shuffled into the dressing room, and off I went to be shoved into a tube. I was doing just fine with it all until I was informed they would be doing a contrast, which meant they would be injecting a dye into my arm. Gosh darn it! Another stinking needle!

After a slight wave of nausea, I again was slid into the tube, and although music was piped into my headphones, is all I could hear was the foghorn and intermittent thumping sounds. How a person can doze off with all of that noise is kind of surprising, but I almost did.

The most depressing part of the day was when I got the bill. It was a shocking $2400.00. Jeeze Louise! That could have been a trip to the Caribbean. I certainly did not plan this as part of my retirement.

I still had my gynecologist appointment to go to, so I headed on down the road. I sat for 40 minutes in a little examination room. I was beginning to feel a little claustrophobic...and grumpy. Finally, I was greeted by the doctor. The MRI results were supposed to have been ready, and should have been sent over to the office, but they were not yet available. She discussed my ultrasound results and explained I will probably have to go to a specialist. Good grief! Another pelvic? There went another $90.00, down the tubes. Bummer!

Without the MRI results, this is where things stand. There is a mass. It is quite small, so it has been found early. It is most likely not a cyst, because a cyst would not produce HCG. Even if it is benign, it will have to be removed, and that will cost in the tens of thousands. Even if it is observed and possibly dissolves itself, I will still have to be monitored for HCG levels.

I'm tired of needles! I'm tired stirrups! I'll be glad when this is all behind me.



To those of you who wrote me with your information and advice, well wishes, and similar personal stories, I really would like to thank you. I'm used to having a support group, in California. Going it alone has been interesting. It's all a learning experience, but there are some things I really don't care to learn about.

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Comments:
wandaful123

Jan 14 @ 7:35PM  
Awww hugs lady... Sorry I've been a bit more off than on as of late and had no idea you were going through this! My thoughts and prayers be with you my friend,

Maybe you should be planning a part time move to our glorious land of free medical care... We'll have to find you a good canadian fella!

xox
ragtopcookie

Jan 14 @ 7:42PM  
did i get this blog all wrong.......i thought it was gonna be about you stepping into the single life again......you know.......pricks...pricks....pricks.....hehehehehe...cookie
Sheryll861

Jan 14 @ 7:43PM  
Oh ny gosh......... I am glad for you that it is not worse.............and I get your point.about women and healthcare.......
cartay25

Jan 14 @ 7:46PM  
I'm with you.........I hate needles Wish there was better news other than surgery. I don't know which would be worse the cost of the surgery or the repeated needles and testing. You are in my prayers for a speedy recovery.
edthepoet

Jan 14 @ 8:01PM  
I am sorry to hear your going through such a health crisis.

Yes, without health ins people will go broke quite fast.

Nobody can afford what hospitals and doctors charge.

Here's a big hug to lessen your stress.

chris549547

Jan 14 @ 8:02PM  
sciurusniger

Jan 14 @ 8:07PM  
Argh....

I'm with ya, girlie.


kattsmeow

Jan 14 @ 8:09PM  
I understand my friend, thats why I have decided that if I stop going to the Doc, there is nothing wrong.
Hey, what can I say? I am a blonde.

Actually when I went for my last female checkup, all the doc wanted was for me to get a bunch of tests, you name it, and then said I needed to see a Gyn.

I knew what was wrong with me, it has been that way for 22 years. It isn't anything bad really, just different.

She wouldn't listen to me, so I never went back to her.

I am sorry for going off topic here. I loves ya!!! Those pictures are beautiful, thank you.
grumblebear

Jan 14 @ 8:18PM  
putting you in my prayers....
HopelesslyHopeful

Jan 14 @ 8:19PM  
I shall wish you well, but not comment on any of it, otherwise, except for the wonderful thought of you on a beach with a 60's surfer feel to it. That must have been a lovely, bright spot to your trip.

I nearly typed"to your tripe".. hmm... .I wonder what that would have meant?
redtigr

Jan 14 @ 8:30PM  
Right there with ya' kiddo..
chek1678

Jan 14 @ 8:40PM  
Take care my friend, the door is always open for you to talk. You are in my prayers and things will be alright.
lostinmesaaz

Jan 14 @ 9:08PM  
I had to have a full hysterectomy 4 weeks ago. Just returned to work today. I had three tumors, large ones. I know the bills are the worst of it. But think we may live to see another wonderful day due to Dr.s, We can live to see our friends and family for a while longer.The first Dr. had me do an mri and cat scan which was a waste of money. He sent me to an Obgyn Dr. witch wanted an ultra sound. I wish you a speedy recovery.
lacyvsq

Jan 14 @ 9:36PM  
I'm so sorry you are going through this. I hope you receive answers that will return joy.

Blessings!
missliss78

Jan 14 @ 9:54PM  
Hoping things will turn out better than anticipated.
It's still probably a good thing you started all of this (inadvertantly) when you did.
Wishing you the best.


Oh & thanks so much for sharing the loverly pics! Wish I were there!
beckyiv42000

Jan 14 @ 10:43PM  
Sis.. you know Im feeling your frustrations etc.. big huggs and much love nad more prayers on their way
beckyiv42000

Jan 14 @ 10:44PM  
and upon reading the title I thought you had had enough with some of the pricks on here lately
daisy315

Jan 15 @ 12:05AM  
I never got headphones when I had my MRI's.. but, I always seemed to doze off in them and move my head at the wrong moment.. and they would have to start all over again..
praying for ya darlin...
JoSnow

Jan 17 @ 10:24AM  
It was a shocking $2400.00


Expensive compared to the UK



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