disclaimer. Tonight’s post may be TMI for some. I had a biopsy procedure done today on my prostate. Proceed accordingly.
As we pulled out of the driveway after lunch today, a song was on my lips:
“I’m off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz….
because because because because..
because of all the wonderful things he does…”
I looked at my wife and we laughed . ..especially when we got to that line about the “wonderful things he does.”
(we were both thinking about the “wonderful thing” the Doctor was going to be doing to me in little over an hour
My PSA count has been hovering slightly above normal now for a couple of years, and at my last appointment in June , it jumped 2 points.
Dr looked @ me and suggested we needed to consider taking a biopsy to rule out cancer. I told him the higher # was just a lab error
He liked my attitude, but said I needed to retake the blood work , just in case
The next day I had the blood work done again and when the results came back , it had 2 more points.
When Pam the Dr’s nurse called with the new numbers, I agreed, I would schedule the biopsy…..
The procedure is on an outpatient basis…no anesthetic . Nurse and Dr both said it tends to feel like someone was snapping me on the rear with a rubber band.
That didn’t sound too bad going in….
Now that I’ve experienced it first hand, I would give you a different word picture….
It felt like the Wicked Witch took her broom handle and inserted it
somewhere it didn’t belong,
snapped it of,
and I could still feel the slivers 8 hours later.
After everything was all finished and we headed to the check out counter, the girl at the reception desk said they were wondering what had happened to me.
I told her we got lost in the bowels of their clinic. (keep in mind I’m @ a urology clinic :-) she was impressed w/ my quick wit.
After today’s procedure, I’m more committed than ever to grow old gracefully…..
We have a friend Helen ..she’ in her mid 80′s…
She’s my role model
She has the sweetest spirit.
Every time we see her, I come away encouraged.
She still has her mind, though her body is shot.
She’s been through enough physical pain and heartache for 3 people.
(within a year’s time she buried her husband , a sister, and a grandson who chose to end his own life)
I asked her after the death of her grandson, how in the world she did it???
What was the secret of her resilient spirit?
It’s not that I don’t grieve, she told me..because she did.
She said, she’d learned that you have to let things go,
Sometimes, things will happen that won’t make any sense…but you have to keep living.
She’d been through a lot and spoke with authority.
Writing this tonight, makes me want to stop and see her again…being around people like that gives me hope.
How about you…
Do you know an older person who is getting old gracefully? How so?
Tell me more!
Time to hit the sack. I’m supposed to lay low for a couple of days. I’ll try.