Ha! Bet that got your attention 😡
Seriously though, I did visit a place where they sucked lots of blood out of my body.
Far more than I would have expected or even thought reasonable.
You see, I went to the doctor yesterday to ask about a persistent, irritating cough that has been hanging around a little while. TRH (The Retired Husband) has been nagging me to have it seen to. So I did.
While there, I thought I might as well mention another little irritating matter relating to my eyelids. You see, some mornings they just haven’t wanted to wake up. I DO mean the eye lids, not me. Try as I might, some mornings they just want to stay shut. Maybe they haven’t slept long enough. They do eventually decide to co-operate and let the daylight in.
What happened next left me a little dazed. First she checked the moles on my back. The little buggars are taking longer to drop off than I think is reasonable. (There is a theme of reasonableness emerging here. Maybe, perhaps, I am the one being unreasonable ?) For the fifth time they were zapped with the freezing thingy. She calls it CRYO. I am not fond of Cryo. He’s mean and he hurts. On purpose. Just to make it more interesting, she found a couple of extra ones to do.
Then she shoved a probe up my left nostril. That made my eyes water. Quicker than I could blink there was another down my throat. I was sent home with a little yellow lidded jar to spit into and return it when said spatting had occurred. And an order for some blood tests. 18 in fact. Yep, that is NOT a typo. To be precise, I have thus far donated bodily fluids and other specimens for 21 different tests. I suspect there may be more. If nothing else, my doctor is thorough. In her investigations she seems to be leaving no stone unturned. Bless her!
Whilst hunting for my veins, the vampire agreed that there seemed to be a lot required. Most uncommon, I believe were the words used. Hmmm….
What I have a little trouble getting my head around is how I may have contracted syphilis? (The operative word in any of these tests is MAY.) I have always been under the impression that certain types of activity foreign to me are required for this particular disease to manifest. Am I deluded?
The funny thing is I feel fine, almost on top of the world in fact. Should I be worried? I will find out next week.
I am grateful, however, that I will have some important basic information about my body’s biochemistry. Stuff that has never in all my 65 years been tested. Like Vit D, folate, iron levels, Vit B 12. And of course a check to see how the lipids and glucose are travelling.
© Raili Tanska