Tonight, I have to do two things. Take a shower, and do my reading. I have a feeling only one of them will get done. I hope it’s the shower.
Monthly Archives: January 2011
I understand that people get uncomfortable with overshare. And TMI. And other things that they consider “taboo” to discuss in polite company. But I’m of the opinion that there is information that should be talked about more in our society, not less. Information that can save people’s lives, reduce misunderstandings, and promote greater public health.
So. If you biologically have womanly parts, or you care for someone who biologically has womanly parts, you (or they) should get regular pap smears. Every year. There are so many health problems that you can catch if you just get checked regularly. If you don’t have health insurance, check for free women’s health clinics in your area. Or check out your local Planned Parenthood.
I bring this up, because after 3 pap smears in my life, I had an abnormal one. Luckily, I have a fabulous doctor who called me to give me the results, and spent 45 minutes explaining that 99% of the time, abnormal paps don’t mean anything. We set up my appointment for today, where I had a colposcopy, which is apparently a fancy word for a microscope that can look at your cervix. They saw a few areas of concern, and took a few biopsies. The whole thing kind of sucked, honestly, as getting poked in the cervix is wont to, but Vicodin and Leo distracting me worked out pretty well. I go back in 2 weeks for the results.
I say this not as a ploy for sympathy, or to overshare, but to put some more information out there. Women need to know that this happens to other women, and that it’s a fabulous idea to get checked out every year. And we all need to know that we’re not alone, especially in the scary world of medical procedures.
Information = good.
But I have just discovered that Grey’s Anatomy is available to watch instantly on Netflix. And I’m a little sick with a cold. So I’m starting from Season Three (as I’ve seen Season One and Season Two way too many times). Let’s see how far I get!
I rang in the new year watching old movies, drinking wine, and eating good food. After the exciting break I had, I was ready for a little bit of down time!
At the very beginning of break, the last day of finals actually, I got two bug bites on my wrist, and one on my upper arm. By about 3:00, when I was leaving work, they had swollen so much that they were distorting the shape of my arm. Plus, they were extremely painful. I’d had bug bites that bad before, but the pain level was off the charts. By the time I got home I was in tears, and Leo took me to the ER. They looked at my arm, gave me Vicodin and an antibiotics prescription, and discharged me. By this time, I had a red line going up my arm into my armpit and pain in my lymph node there.
The next day, the pain was better (obvs, yay Vicodin!) but the arm was still extremely swollen and the red line was still there. At around 8 at night, my body temperature went through the floor, and I couldn’t quit shaking. So Leo put me in the car and drove me to the ER again.
We got to hear the head doctor chewing out a bunch of people in the hall. Apparently they should have run some tests on me the first night, because now they had no idea what was wrong with me. So they drew a ton of blood, and stuck me on two IVs. I don’t remember what the first one was, but the second was Vancomycin, which is hard-core, and made my head itch like crazy.
Luckily, as the IVs went in, we could see the swelling and the red line going down. After about 4 hours, a doctor drew a marker line around the red areas and then discharged me.
It was the first time I’ve ever had IVs, or actually had to sit in a hospital bed. Leo was fabulous, and he was the only reason I wasn’t totally freaking out.
So…break not as relaxing as I would have liked. But at least it didn’t happen during finals!