Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This Blogger Temporarily Bitchy Due To Cervical Difficulties... Stay Tuned.

Some of you, well okay- two of you, may recall a post about my abnormal Pap result about a year ago. In the spirit of sharing way too much information with people on the internet I bring you The Update.

Today I received a call saying that, again, my test results show "high grade squamous epithelial lesions". Blargh, I say. The very word 'cervix' makes me cringe, so you can guess how I feel about Pap tests (scrapey brushes on the cervix, for you guys who may not know), cone biopsies (a cone-shaped piece of cervix removed) and then the LEEP, which involves electricity and other stuff that is going to make me faint if I talk about it too long. I'm a wuss when it comes to this.

But yeah, I want to get it done and over with this time. At the last appointment the doctor said it wasn't that bad- as far as pre-cancerous cells go I guess, but to get an exam every 6 months to monitor the cell growth. Well, like a fool I went closer to a year before getting one. It's one of those things that you keep meaning to do (like dishes), and you know you should (like mopping), but you just can't seem to get around to (like laundry). Also you should factor in that this is something scary and dreaded to me, so any rationalizing done to avoid or delay it probably was.

Oh well. I am going to stay on top of it this time. I go in the morning to schedule the colposcopy which determines if I get the LEEP procedure done this time or not. I'm hoping that they will do it and be done with it so I can stop worrying about it.

And now I go faint from typing the dreaded word cervix so many times. Blah.

9 comments:

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Ugh! I hope things go smoothly for you. I'll be thinking of you...

Margarita said...

I hope everything goes okay...
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Maggie May said...

I had precancerous cells around 21 years old, and had a cryogenic 'mini' surgery done, where the bad cells are basically frozen off and killed.

Two things I do to keep cervical health (which so far, no more bad cells and i'm 34) are drink green tea (there is research behind the connection) and take garlic supplements daily.

I hope it all goes easily for you!

*mary* said...

Thanks everyone!

Maggie May- I didn't know about the green tea, but I already drink it sometimes. I think I'll cut back on coffee though and drink more green tea. I'm glad to hear you haven't had any more problems. The LEEP is similar to the procedure you had done, only it uses electricity. I'd prefer to have it done so those cells won't be there growing. Ick.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Ugh, I hope you body fights mightily against any invaders!

amillionmilesfromeverywhere said...

ugh, i'm just like you. anything to do with "that area" and the word "scraping"....that's a big "no thank you".

i guess it's one of those necessary evils. good luck, and treat yourself to something extravagant when you're done! you deserve it :o)

sarahliz said...

I've been fortunate not to have to deal with this personally, but I've had a lot of friends go through it. From everything I've heard the LEEP (which sounds utterly horrifying if you actually delve into what it is so I highly recommend just calling it a LEEP and thinking of it as some sort of magic) is by far the least painful and unpleasant of the procedures. So once you're through the colposcopy the worst is likely behind you. Good luck!

Bejus Cryst said...

Wow. I am very sorry to hear about this... I don't blame you for being scared, because I would be too. But something about you tells me that you will be brave enough when the time comes and every thing will work out okay. You seem to be a very strong person.

On top of being a very strong person, you are also a very kind person. You have no idea how happy your comment made me! I have always wanted to produce a novel of my memoirs, but I have never known where to start... It means a lot to me that you read my posts, and I look forward to reading more of yours! Thank you again and good luck with this. I will be keeping you in my thoughts.

Autism Mom said...

I hope everything goes quickly and painlessly for you! Oh, and thanks! Now my cervix and uterus hurt. This blog post was the equivalent of when a guy sees another guy get hit in the groin and he cringes with sympathy pain. Oy!

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