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Being an outpatient

I hope you don’t mind me breaking the story up like this as if I didn’t it would be a very long and boring post.

My first appointment with the gyno team went well in October 2015, they didn’t examine me or anything but they don’t seem to do that in clinic at all. It was decided they would take the wait and see approach and I had read online that with cysts that’s what they do so I was happy enough. I did ask about the pill to help but was asked if it was for contraception reasons and I’m not seeing anyone so I said no, so they decided there was no point and I went on my way with another appointment in three months.

Now I  didn’t complain about sore periods as I assumed it was normal also I was given out to about not getting a smear test done they did not offer to do one either, I know it’s important but I am a chicken.

My next appointment in December 2015 I went to with the gyno team they couldn’t do anything as I was meant to have an ultrasound beforehand, they do not have their own ultrasound machine and they do not do it on the day, madness I know also the wait for an ultrasound can be months so I was sent privately.

Another appointment was made for a scan and an appointment with the gyno team was made a month later again the cyst was still growing.

While this was all going on cysts wore bursting inside me instead of going to the hospital I was dealing with it at home, as I felt it was better than having to stay in hospital and nothing being done.

This meant night outs wore ruined as I had to leave as a cyst burst inside me. After your period the danger zone is the next two weeks that’s when a cyst is most likely to burst, again this is what I have been told so my life was constantly on hold and then my period pain always starts the week before my period so I felt like I had no escape from it.

These appointments went on and on till April 2017 and I was also told to go on the pill as it might help even though I suggested it instead of just going to the doctor myself I listened to them, at no time did any doctor examine me during these appointments.

In between all this in 2017, I finally got sense and went for a smear test and it hurt so much there was blood and tears, no one told me this could happen. I done it at lunch time and I was in pain all day, also a sign of endo something you are not told.

In April this year when it was decided I urgently needed to be operated on and I was given a note to go to the bed management, I think that’s what you call them and I went straight down to them. I was told it wasn’t urgent by them and I would have to wait a year. I just started crying then and there the lady dealing with me said the doctor had not wrote urgent on my file and unless you have cancer it won’t happen and suggested I start going to A&E in pain which is something I didn’t want to do.

Now the Beaumont gyno team are only there on a Tuesday, so I had to spend a week waiting to call them regarding the wait and it was very stressful, thankfully it was decided it was urgent and I was told I would be operated on in the next three months.

I got given another appointment to see a nurse for bloods and blood pressure and told I would be sore but I’ll only be a day in the hospital and someone will need to collect me and I was to rest.

On Monday 13th March I got a phone call from Beaumont and was informed the operation will be tomorrow the 14th thankfully I have an understanding boss.

 

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My name is carol I love fashion, beauty, books and travel so I will be keeping you updated on my love of fashion and life. Any questions please contact me on cassmadaboutfashion@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Being an outpatient

  1. Hi I read your September health post, I can’t believe the standard of care!! Its so shocking, the lack of communication, lack of empathy, lack of overall care, women’s health in this country is terrible I agree with you. I’m totally disgusted your GP wanted to describe anti-depresants, that’s not the answer at least listen to you , understand your frustrating and upset, but no here’s pills I don’t want to know, handed out like candy! Sometimes anti-depresants are necessary don’t get me wrong, but I don’t feel this country properly assess people. Anyway I’m sorry you going through all this, and our health care is so poor, but I must say that you are very brave for sharing so honestly and openly. Thanks, All the best xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 🌹

    1. Hi Emma thank you so much. I agree anti-depressants are sometimes the only answer but my case I just wanted to talk. At the moment I take each day as it comes but I won’t let it beat me xx

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