Friday, October 29, 2010

This Morning I Nearly Shat Myself.....

I've been getting headaches recently. Not normal headaches but ones accompanied by blurred vision is my right eye and sometimes numbness in my hands/lips/tongue.

I used to get migraines when I was younger and these felt very similar. The main difference was that they would come on when I had been running in the morning.

Two weeks ago I had a headache that started on Wednesday and was still there on Friday so I went to the doctors. She checked my blood pressure, checked my heart rate and retinas and said she didn't know what was wrong but just to be sure she would refer me to the neurology department at the Hallamshire Hospital.

She then said that the only thing she can assure me of is that I don't have a massive tumour in my head, which made me feel better!

So, the appointment was set for this morning at 10am. As soon as I sat down with the neurologist she informed me I was being tested for suspected cancer of the brain and that is what my GP had referred me for!!

It was at this point that I nearly shat my pants! I thought they would say it was nothing but here I was picturing a slow lingering death and the thought of never seeing my beautiful children grow up. I felt the blood drain from my face, my heart literally sank and I felt a little sick.

Anyway, the neurologist did about 30 minutes of tests on me and said at the end that all was normal. Thank fuck for that!!!

She said that the GP should never have referred me as it is obviously some form of exercise induced migraine.

Phew!!!!

Anyway, she said that as I had been referred she will do a CT scan just in case. She also ordered an ECG to check that my heart is OK (it seemed fine when she checked it but best to be sure) and a blood test.

So, off I trundled to various parts of the Hallamshire to get all these tests done. I thought I'd be there all day but everything was done in 90 minutes. The NHS did me proud today!!

I will probably get a letter from the GP with the results in a couple of weeks but if the tests show anything they will call me sooner. I'm obviously hoping they don't call!

So there you have my tale of fear and almost soiled underwear. I can honestly say I have never been so shocked and scared in my life. Bungee jumping is nothing compared to this!

Now I want to go home to hug and kiss Victoria and the kids and then I think I will tuck into a particularly good bottle of red.

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