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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ups and Downs

Today was a bit trying.

I had an appointment for my yearly pelvic exam and pap smear, which is never much fun to begin with. Then while the doctor examined me I saw him get a funny look on his face and he started pressing down hard on my abdomen. It hurt! And then he informed me that I've developed uterine fibroids.

It nearly scared me to death, but he quickly assured me that they're very common and almost never anything to worry about. Especially since I've not experienced any symptoms. He did an ultrasound to make sure everything was ok. He then went on to talk to me about menopause which I can expect sometime in the next 8-10 years and how the fibroids will likely shrink on their own after that. And if I start to develop problems before then they can be removed.

 I expected a normal easy-breezy yearly checkup and instead there was all this talk of benign tumors and menopause and alternative birth control measures I need to start thinking about because "at your age continuing the pill probably isn't a good idea". I also got the lecture about how I really need to schedule my first mammogram.


I hate to complain because my life is so good right now, what with the new job and all, but today really was a downer. After my appointment I had to dash home and pick up George for a vet appointment. I can honestly say he hated going to the vet almost as much as I hated going to the gynecologist, poor boy! He was only there for routine stuff but that dog hates getting shots.

We've both had better days.


  1. Oh dear! Go and 'snuggle' with one of the dogs for a while; that's what they're there for.

  2. As you get older going to the doc becomes as routine as going in for a haircut. You'll find out.

  3. That is a downer, however, bottom line you are OK and there is a fix to your problem. Try to think positive and of the good things ahead in your life. Be vigilant, like we all must be of our health, and you will be fine.

  4. Always scary when your examining medic gets a funny look on his/her face! I've been sent to mammographs and other examinations regularly for many years. So far, they have always been false alarms, but one never knows, especially since there is a history of cancer cases on both sides of my family.
    Tomorrow will be a better day!

  5. I wish you only good Jennifer,you are a good person.

  6. Don't worry about those fibroids. I was told I had them years ago...they never caused any problem and I assume that all these years after menopause they have shrunk.
    My dogs have their 7/8 weekly grooming today, which involves me bathing them and then going to see Jo who does their "haircuts" and nail clipping etc. The schnauzer makes such a fuss having his feet done you would think he was being murdered!

  7. By the sound of it that doctor is on the payroll of the book store down at the mall. Seriously though, it's best to know about these things rather than burying one's head in the sand like an ostrich.

  8. Aw, darlin'. This is life as years pass. Menopause in 8-10 years? He really has no way of knowing that for sure. But yes, there are changes. And there are days like that.

  9. Fibroids are very common. Most women don't even know they've got them. Just a shock for you to hear your doctor mention it.

  10. The schnauzer makes such a fuss having his feet done you would think he was being murdered!

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