I have been due one for ages so, in my new year, I booked a consultation with a GP (general practitioner doctor, first in line for your health concerns in the UK) but not the one I was assigned to.
The same clinic has a doctor who specialises in family planning and women’s health. It sounded fitting as my main concern was my period, that has gone crazy, all over the place, and my future with a possible new partner.
Considering I had to deal with ovarian cysts in my early adulthood and I’ve been on medication that treats is for most of my life, I felt comfortable with my decision.
So I booked an appointment and didn’t bother to clear work hours. I was still a bit fed up from an incident before the Xmas break (I didn’t mention it here, but it stung).
The Doctor (let’s call her Dr E) told me off – rightfully so – for missing some very important tests, like cervical screening (that detects early cervical cancer and should be taken every two years). She was very involved and sympathetic throughout, and full of personality, which I love.
I had three tubes of blood (THREE!) drawn out today and I have a sonogram request coming my way soon. I’ll see Dr E again next week to check my results and have my cervical swabs taken (not looking forward to it) and I feel my life is getting back on track. I need to take care of myself!
Of course I hope nothing is wrong with me. Nothing big, at least, as I know something is up (cue crazy period).
I am reassured I’m being taken care of. Thanks, Dr E!