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.
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We all get lumps and bumps, and 99.9% of the time it's nothing to worry about. Yes, the NHS has never let me down either; not that I've spent much time in the UK over the past 45 years.ReplyDelete
I tried to ignore it for a long time. The French health system is pretty good too in my experience.Delete
Good to hear. Fingers crossed .ReplyDelete
Did you like the new GP?
Yes, he was very sweet.Delete
I wish things were so quick and efficient if the biopsy were not benign & boring. I have a friend with a lump in the groin.ReplyDelete
Pleased that you are free from further worry.
It's a load off my mind. Lumps are always a worry.Delete
You are so lucky to have local hospital, here is not the same, only few big hospitals in the whole country.ReplyDelete
Only ten miles away from our village.Delete
I had a similar experience in January/Feb. I was diagnosed as having GCA and the appointments for this, that and the other, came thick and fast at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. On the second day I got a phone call at 4.45 pm asking if I could be there for an eye appointment at 5.30 ! The only criticism of them is that it is very difficult to park, so I had to drag my husband along every time in case I had to jump out and leave him to get parked! Hope that your biopsy results confirm the diagnosis. xReplyDelete
I think the NHS delivers pretty well when it comes to the urgent stuff. Parking was good at Lincoln.Delete
Never mind the NHS, I want to know how Paul managed to fit you in? Benign and boring sounds alright to me.ReplyDelete
Haha! I always get top priority with Paul.Delete
Wow, that's speedy! Glad to hear the procedures weren't too bad (always freaked out at the prospect of pain), and that you are more than likely in the clear!! -JennReplyDelete
I was amazed by the speed and prompt appointments.Delete
Most people have very positive tales to tell about their experiences of the NHS. By the way, when a woman is lying on her back in a dark room she should think of England and not of her favourite dog!ReplyDelete
You make me laugh!Delete
We like "benign & boring"!ReplyDelete
Hope it's benign, I had half of my thyroid taken out a few years ago because my biopsy was inconclusive. It was benign.ReplyDelete
I think thyroid nodules are quite common in women of a certain age. I'm hoping mine won't require surgery.Delete
Lincoln County always was a good hospital, even in the days when I went there. I used to have a flat opposite there many moons ago - and my son was born in a branch of it too.ReplyDelete
I was certainly impressed by it. I hope my next visit to Lincoln will be for pleasure.Delete
Our new school principal had a similar lump on his thyroid. I think it proved to be benign because I haven't heard anything else about it. Good luck!ReplyDelete