Working on being healthy in body , mind , spirit..135 lbs lost, then Maintained for a few years, and lately some regained. Working on it -in and out of Pjs
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Trading Mr Darcy for a needle stick
If you haven't followed this blog closely , I'll catch you up so this makes sense. I'm nearing 50 and in the throes of perimenopause. I've been having issues with ovarian cysts and pelvic / abdominal pain and having a work up. Because my sister died from ovarian cancer at age 40, I'm a little concerned and considering having a prophylactic surgery to remove my ovaries or go for the whole shebang with a hysterectomy 'all of my woman bits'.
Being a nurse and a virgin to surgery and hospital admissions, I don't take surgery lightly. But, I pretty much hit all the ovarian cancer risk factors without even the family history -obese, infertile, no children, getting older, and cysts on both ovaries. Is it a matter of not if but when? These are the preliminary stages of working this up. I plan to get a couple of second opinions. I'm seeing my GI doc this week as some of my symptoms are related to the gut. I will make a careful and educated decision.
Yesterday, I had another ultrasound (only 1 cyst) and had genetic blood testing done. BRACA--blood teting for genetic traits for breast and ovarian cancer. It was very sobering to list all of the cancer history in my family ( I had to have an extra sheet of paper and I knew i was leaving out a lot of folks still.) The genetic tests costs $3000 and my insurance may or may not pay though I think I have enough family history to sway the decision to approval. If the genetic test is positive then I'm probably having the surgery.
I had just picked up a magazine in the doc's waiting room titled VIM and VIGOR with Mr Darcy on the cover. Apparently, Colin Firth is about 51 and lives a fairly healthy lifestyle and he has a reasonable attitude about getting older. I didn't get to divulge my Darcy fantasy before they called me in for the blood draw. After asking for that extra page to continue listing my family cancer history , I started getting kinda weepy. The nurse said "I'm sorry but we have to charge you for the blood draw and the genetic testing company will see if your insurance covers the lab test." My response was " well I'm taking Mr darcy with me then" and showed her the magazine. She said " go for it."
When I left, as I do when I leave almost every doctors appointment , I want to indulge myself with food. I didn't. I stopped by KMART-cheap stuff but they had what I liked. A new PJ outfit with Betty boop on sale, flip flops, fairy dust fingernail polish, a skirt and shoes for a wedding I'm going to this weekend. ( It seems like going through this process or perimenpause is leading me down a girly / pink sort of path . ) Then I got a breakfast to take home. Yes, it was a fast food breakfast, but I'm getting 3 meals out of that one breakfast and I rarely indulge in fast food. So much food for $7. So , I didn't eat over it. And I have Mr. D right beside me.
I'm a Geek for many things: Food, Pajamas, Coffee, Chocolate, Movies, Books, getting and being fit and healthy, 80's music, and the list goes on and on .....A nurse, a diabetic, I've lost over 130 lbs and have more to go . And I actually enjoy working out.
I chose the names of Ms. PJ Geek and PJ and Pounds because I have happy memories of childhood, coming in dirty and sweaty from playing in the yard. Then taking a bath, putting on a fresh nightgown and feeling all new again . I felt like a princess. Fresh renewal. .........
All names and situations will be changed to protect the innocent and the guilty, and so I can keep my job. While I am a nurse, I do not intend this to be a blog with specific directions or guidelines for healthcare. And.....though I have a college degree, that was a long time ago ya'll, and I don't remember proper punctuation or grammar.