So, I have received my test results. The doctor said while they found abnormal cells while conducting histology on the polyp, they are not malignant and I have nothing to worry about
so why tell me about the abnormal cells? Isn’t that worrying?. He again recommended that I come for another check up in a year. If I am clear then I can have a check up every 5 or 6 years.
After reading up a bit, his recommendations indicate that while I have nothing to worry about right now, I may be at risk for colon cancer in the future. Considering this is what lead to my grandfather’s death it is very scary for me. I don’t want to go through what he went through. He became a great supporter of colonoscopies after he was diagnosed. He was too ashamed/afraid/embarrassed to go and may have survived if he had everything checked out when he was meant to. It is a sad thing that this is part of his legacy. Even though I too was ashamed/afraid/embarrassed, it was not *that* bad in the end. I really would have preferred not waking up while they were busy, but it was over quickly and pain has no memory. At least I know now. At least I am okay now and I can look after my health by checking regularly. It is unusual for someone my age to have developed a polyp in the first place. Even the preparation (which I dreaded) was not as bad as I had thought it would be. Now I know exactly what I need to do next time and what I should prepare myself for, instead of fretting over it for months.
Perhaps the worst slap in the face is the bill. I checked my medical aid claims tracker online and the amount not covered was around R2300.00 (the entire claims was just over R5000.00). I do not think that my 20% discount has been applied to the amount as yet. I certainly hope it has not. I have kept a small amount of money in reserve from last month’s salary in anticipation of this account. Hopefully I’ll be able to add to that amount after getting paid tomorrow and take a whack out of the bill, although that is doubtful. I will be able to settle the account at the end of May when we receive our quarterly bonus. Ironically, my bonus will be negatively affected by the 2 days leave I needed to take for the procedure. Turn the other cheek, right? (Ha ha ha. Just realized that was funny)
Onwards and upwards!