10 October 2018
Benign and Boring
Last Monday we registered with the local GP practice in a nearby village. I asked if I could make an appointment to discuss a lump I had noticed in my neck with the doctor and they fitted me in that same day. The GP said he didn’t think it was anything sinister, probably just a cyst on my thyroid gland, but referred me to Lincoln Hospital to get it checked.
Today, just over a week later, I was seen by the ENT Consultant at the local hospital. I started to worry a bit when he put on some surgical gloves and the nurse passed me a tissue.
“I don’t think I want...” but before I could protest further he had put a camera tube down my nose and into my throat.
“Right, I want you to have a scan and possibly a needle aspiration biopsy so we can be sure there is nothing to worry about.”
“When will that be?”
So Paul and I trotted down the stairs to the x-ray department and within a few minutes I was on my back in a dark room while the radiologist scanned my thyroid. That was a painless procedure but then I saw her give a nod to the nurse and she was explaining to me that she was going to stick a needle into my neck to do the biopsy. Just keep calm and think about Rick I told myself.
Actually it wasn’t too bad at all. “Looks benign and boring to me,” said the radiologist. She sounded quite disappointed.
I saw the Consultant again before leaving the hospital. He reassured me that there was probably nothing to worry about, just a thyroid nodule, but the biopsy results would confirm the diagnosis in due course. Benign and boring sounds good to me.
A lot of people criticise the NHS but the speed and efficiency that I have experienced over the past week have been exemplary.