About now I should be anxiously waiting for that coin to flip on heads (doesn’t everyone choose heads?). But I am not. At least not this month. And I can’t help wondering whether I made the right decision.
During my last visit to my liver surgeon (the spare one, tucked up my waistband where I keep spare tyres) he made a BIG thing about the number of CT scans I have had and looked at me gravely telling me I am having too many and this was DANGEROUS. More dangerous than perhaps missing the early re-growth of a nasty I asked? To which more tssking was heard. Go and live your life he said. And slammed the HUGE file shut.
“So what do you suggest? Mr Spare Liver man?”
He prescribed an alternating diet of MRI and CT scans every 6 months. A big jump from my 3 monthly check ups since the hiccup last year.
Meanwhile The Siamese Cat (The one and only bowel surgeon) had been busy processing my 3 monthly CT scan for May. Whilst Mr Spare Liver was sitting in front of me expecting an answer for his preferred plan of an MRI instead in August, giving me nice things to think about in the meantime like living. Option 1 would have left me dealing with the results (good or bad) 6 weeks before The Wedding whereas Option 2 has me dealing with the results (good or bad) one month after The Wedding.
So, lacking a coin to flip, we played rock, paper, scissors and option 2 won. “Ah very good” said the spare liver man. “Now where are you going on your honeymoon?”
“Greek Islands, Santorini” I said “we’re hiring a motorbike to see the island and maybe a sailing boat”. This elicited even larger tsskkks “I haven’t saved your life twice (well technically only once Mr Spare Liver Man, The Siamese Cat & Felix the Cat did the first time) only for you to squander it on the Greek roads “.
Which makes me think, there must be a guide somewhere to this ‘baby bear’ living. Too much of anything, ooh that’s bad, too little, tut what a waste, but getting it just about right, now there’s a challenge. I am currently sitting on the settee writing this having had a little too much and suffering for it. John knows about this only too well. He regularly rebuilds me over the weekend only to see me crumble away as we get towards the end of the week again!
So I have a plan and this involved sitting in the same waiting room expecting to collect a shiny new medic to join my ever growing menagerie; we will call this one, Mr Handsome the pain controller. Mr Spare Liver had kindly decided that I couldn’t Live My Baby Bear Life happily if I was still in pain, so referred me to get it sorted once and for all. Whilst waiting, I saw Felix The Cat (aka Liver Surgeon Number 1) who assumed I was there to see him and authoritatively said “follow me”… which I very nearly did before I remembered I was having my sacrum injected today, not my liver tampered with.
The pain injections into the sacrum were painful but I have had worse. Mr Handsome insisted I went into recovery afterwards to be monitored for half an hour before he could dismiss me. I felt a massive wobbly fraud. Even more as I ‘walked’ into recovery and was met by the Sister who said; “Oh, you fancied a little spoiling as a patient, did you?” Now I may be mistaken but I think of spoiling as taking me to a nice hotel, feeding me good wine and chocolates, stroking my hair and being trusted to drive nice cars. No-where on my list does dressing in blue backless gowns and having needles stuck into parts of my body only reserved for sitting on feature as spoiling. If that’s all the same to you.
So there is much living to be getting on with. With a wedding fast approaching to the ever patient John.
“Where are the blue authorities?” Asked John over the phone this morning, when caught slightly off guard by the registrar asking him for documents ahead of our appointment this Monday.
I asked Google but he didn’t know. Too busy collecting our brains to make robot cars I suspect to bother himself with such trifles.
If ever there was a need for a list it was now. And my lack of one means
we I forgot to pick up our ‘blue approvals’ from the grilling we were given a couple of months ago by the registrar. Luckily John located them in the registry office awaiting our collection, tapping their dusty blue fingers and sighing theatrically when he picked them up. Which means I now need to write a LONG list over the weekend as it is now less than 6 weeks and I suspect there are things which need doing.
Until then keep out of trouble and much love to all x