Complaints

Nov. 16th, 2006 11:33 pm
mellicious: pink manicure (fall tree)
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Of course you can't buy a car and have it really be easy, that just wouldn't be right. We had a very easy time on Saturday, on the whole, and came home with the car, but then on Monday it developed that the credit union wanted all the papers to be in both of our names, to match the loan which was written up as a joint loan. OK, fine, so we'll go back and re-do the papers, shouldn't take long. Well, it didn't, once we got there. But getting there was a problem - we left right after work and promptly got caught in traffic. There was a wreck on the causeway, which is the only major way off the island. (The two "minor" ways, for you completists out there who want to know - minor mostly because they go to very out-of-the-way places - are the ferry to Bolivar Peninsula and the San Luis Pass Bridge, which is way the hell off, 25 miles south(east) at the very end of the island.) Plus, where normally the causeway is two bridges, right now there's only one because they're in the process of demolishing the old ones and rebuilding. They built the one new span, which is meant to be 4 lanes (in one direction) plus a full shoulder on each side - but at the moment, meaning the next couple of YEARS, presumably, it has traffic going both ways on it, which means six lanes and no shoulder whatsoever. Which makes it hell on earth when there's a wreck.

OK, so anyway, we eventually got out of traffic, up to the Toyota dealer and got the papers done. No problem. THEN I ended up spending most of the day Tuesday playing go-between between the dealer's finance guy and the loan guy at the credit union. These guys could not get their shit together. All that needed to happen was that the dealer's guy needed to fax the purchase order to the credit union guy, and in return they would get their money. Instead I get this: "Well, I sent the fax." "Well, I haven't gotten any faxes from them." Apparently neither of them is too good at working a fax machine. And I don't think they ever actually talked to one another, that would've made communication too easy. But eventually the Toyota dealer finally got all the papers to the CU, so presumably they've gotten their money by now and I can quit worrying about that. It was just another bit of stress that I really didn't need this week. I was seriously teetering on the edge.

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It didn't help that in the middle of all this, I get a call from radiology: I need to come in and have a follow-up mammogram. They called on Monday and scheduled it for Wednesday, which is a little ominous in itself because they usually make you wait longer than that. But then my OB/Gyn's nurse calls, and says, "Oh, I don't think it's anything to worry too much about, it just looks like some calcification," and so I relax for a while. So I go in yesterday, get it done, and the tech says, "OK, let me just go check the film real quick, I'll be back in a minute." 15 minutes go by and I'm starting to get worried. I figure the longer that takes, the more the chance that that means they're looking at something specific. And they were. They take me in to the room where the doctor is looking at the films - and she has it on a computer, too, I don't know if they scan it or what - and she shows me these spots with the calcification. She says there are some funny cells in there. 80% chance they're benign, 20% chance they're cancer. I can just wait 6 months and "see what happens" - which I think would drive me insane - or I can have a needle biopsy. So, I'm having a needle biopsy after Thanksgiving. I've had one once before, it's not a huge deal. I think wondering for six months if I have cancer or not would be a lot worse.

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This is not going to be a very cheery journal to read through the holidays, I suspect. (Even assuming that I don't have cancer!!) Y'all are going to have to bear with me, because writing about it does help, it seems.

For a little comic relief, though, take a look at Lupin's wand, which is, well, sorta scary. Makes me inclined to think the set designers had been reading Snape/Lupin fanfiction or something.


(I forgot to say earlier that I called this "Complaints" because I meant to link to the Complaints Choir - even though I'm sure everybody who cares to has seen it by now. I don't normally watch a lot of YouTube stuff, but I like that one.)

Date: 2006-11-17 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xeney.livejournal.com
Crap, Mel. I hope the biopsy isn't too bad, and of course I hope everything is benign.

Date: 2006-11-17 06:39 am (UTC)
ext_3370: (iko: HP PoA Knitalong)
From: [identity profile] iko.livejournal.com
Ohh, I'd love Lupin's wand!

(Yes, feel free to read into that comment.)

Date: 2006-11-17 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unselko.livejournal.com
Rats! I do think you're right not to wait six months. If it's any comfort, I've read a lot about mammography getting a lot of false positives. You'll be in my thoughts, Mel.

Date: 2006-11-17 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Yeah, I really wouldn't have been all that freaked out about it except for the bad timing, with it coming right behind the ominous mom news. 20% is a little higher odds than I'd like to see, but not terrible. (And for that matter, if there's one thing my mother has taught me, it's that cancer isn't the end of everything, in any case.)

Thanks for the good wishes, everybody.

Date: 2006-11-17 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-falaria-x.livejournal.com
Hope'n for the best, Mel! Be thinking of ya.

Date: 2006-11-17 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] needlewomyn.livejournal.com
Hoping for the best on the biopsy. I had to do a similar thing a few years ago. I remember very clearly waiting in the exam room, thinking how would I set up a cancer support group for myself. Turned out to be totally benign, but they ended up doing a full biopsy to be sure.

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