I have just now invoiced for seven different pieces I’ve written since the 26th of this month. It’s been a busy–and therefore good time. But that’s not all that was happening.
My wife Sue had been having some problems for sometime of the female variety and they’ve been going on for almost a year, now. However, pre-occupation with other things and Sue’s neglect of making an appointment led her to just recently deal with them.
Uterine cancer runs very strongly in her family with both her Aunt and her grandmother dying of the disease. When she finally told me the symptoms that she was having were those of the disease, well….you know what happened. No-honestly, I didn’t panic. But, I did get pretty scared. The thing about me is, I married a steady and calm woman and if she does get scared–and I’m sure she does–she doesn’t show it.
So, off to the Doctor of Female-ness (a gynecologist) where an examination was done and of course-a test. And, of course, the test came back abnormal. And then, of course, we had to wait for a time until they set up an ultrasound….on my birthday.
So, yesterday, my 44th birthday, we were fortuitous in Peanut’s invitation to her friend’s house to go swimming. We dropped her there and then off with us to the ultrasound room at the doc’s office. Paula, the technician, was more than nice. She was outstanding, completely trustworthy, kind and compassionate and with her words of “it’s your body and you have a right to know…” we were off and running. Well, I wasn’t. But…you get it.
The good news is that the examination revealed none of the signs typical of cancer. No fluid retention, no thickening of the uterine lining, no polyps or fibroids–none of those things. We were more than pleased–ecstatic was my word of the day. It was the best birthday present I could have gotten.
Still-there was a problem. Sue seems to have (and the doc will confirm that with her in a day or two) a condition known as Adenomyosis. I linked it here rather than go into any detail. She’ll probably require a hysterectomy at some point in the near future, but the condition is not life threatening. It is, however, painful.
So, combined with a wonderfully and blessedly busy schedule and a bit of stress that has resulted in nearly the best news possible, I write tonight with a new-found sense of relief, the likes of which I have not enjoyed for almost a year. I feel a kind of freedom tonight that has been missing for some time and I’m hoping it translates into a few days of much needed rest.
By the way, I have joined the Commemorative Air Force, which has a wing right here in Camarillo. I’ll be doing information and publicity for them and I’m excited about it. It’s worthy of its own post, though and I’ll do that on Friday.