Thursday, May 28, 2009

My Biopsy

So I did it. I got talked into an unmedicated biopsy. It hurt. At first it hurt like getting a shot, then it hurt like bad cramps. Now it hurts like mild cramps.

Still, it was deeply unpleasant. I bought myself a bunch of chocolate truffles. If I didn't have to go to a committee meeting, take a kid to the eye doctor, and then be nice to a social worker I probably would have bought alcohol.

So, anyway. OB/GYN Guy said that there were a several different things we could do to respond to my bleeding, but we needed to do the biopsy and get an ultrasound just to be sure. I told him I had had the biopsy utrasound already and he pulled up the record, reading out loud, well, mumbling out loud, and commenting.

"Okay....ovary...mumble, mumble cyst"

"I think that is gone because it doesn't ache anymore."

"You're probably right. Let's see....8mm...mumble, mumble, fibroid. You've probably had that for ages."

Then he gets down to the part where there are big medical words that roughly translate to: there's some thing here and we don't have a clue what it is. He said, "Oh! Yes. We definitely need to do a biopsy."

Anyway, then he talked me into a non-medicated biopsy. I am apparently a whimp when it comes to standing up to kindly authority figures who have convincing arguments like, "Oh, you'll be fine." After that he tried to continue the conversation about options for treatment, but my anxiety level was way too high for that.

So I get results in about two weeks, which gives me plenty of time for the trip.

I am going to start Hormone Replacement Therapy*. It would take several months to see if it would really work, but by the time we get the biopsy results we will at least know if I tolerate it.

For a while he seemed to be wanting to encourage me to consider options other than hysterectomy, which is after all major surgery. When I told him that I was an academic and scheduled surgery in the summer would be okay and any surgery during the school year would be very, very bad, he seemed much more positive about it. I don't know if that is because he thinks there is a decent chance I would end up needing it anyway, or just that he realized that I had thought about it.

Anyway, that's the news. Now we wait for 2 weeks.

And think about shiny things.

Although I need to read these brochures and may feel compelled to write about them.

Though Family Doctor Guy uses "Hormone Replacement Therapy" and "Birth Control Pills" pretty much interchangably, OB/GYN Guy means something specific by HRT. It is a lower dosage of the hormones. He thinks that there is a good chance that it will control my bleeding. That would be nice.


  1. Hope the results come out okay. I had a biopsy of lump in my breast when I was 16. HUGE needle and it hurt and brused like hell. I would think this type would be even more painful than that. You are handling it much better than I did. Whenever I go in for a mamogram they always want to know the history and biopsy again. Sorry not happening!

  2. Chocolate truffles sound like the absolute minimum you deserve. Thanks for the update and good luck!

  3. Yeah, you notice it was a MALE doctor who can't and never will have a biopsy who talked you into it. Dumb man. I warned you, they hurt!

  4. Ouch, sorry about the biopsy.

    I also go into doctor's offices with big plans about what I will and won't do, and end up agreeing to whatever they say. Then I grumble after I leave.

    I'll keep hoping that all is well.

  5. Isn't it interesting that women get things like biopsies and then go about their day, running errands and taking care of other people, as if nothing abnormal just happened? Please do take care of yourself and enjoy your upcoming trip. Hopefully the HRT won't make you all emotional and you'll be able to relax and enjoy your time away.

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