Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Turning 50 Isn't Always so Nifty

So after turning 50 a few months ago, I finally made myself make a doctor appointment. It has been so easy not to go all these years. My physician had retired several a couple years ago and I just hadn't gotten around to finding a new one. I struggled trying to choose the perfect one. I had been pretty impressed with the doctor who delivered my granddaughter, so I finally made an appointment with her. That was the biggest problem in my mind. It was a "her". Call me chauvinist, but I like my doctors and my airline pilots to be men.

I know. I'm old.


I finally went and found Dr. She to be very nice and caring and kind. And knowledgeable. She took the time to talk with me at great length about questions I had. She even took the time to discuss what was going on in my personal life. I can't say any Dr. He's have ever done that before. And what impressed me the most was that she actually remembered who I was from my granddaughter's birth. So I was really liking her. And then she gave me a list of tests a mile long that I need to have "now that I am 50".

Alrighty then.

So this week I underwent the first one. And without going all Katie Couric-y on you, let me just say that it wasn't as bad as one envisions. There is a lady in our community dying from colon cancer. I'm thinking the inconveniences I went through are nothing compared to hers. I was very appreciative of the fact that they gave me something to make me sleep "during the procedure". It worked really well. In fact, I was thinking that it might be something I should take the next time I have to get on an airplane.

Except my husband would have to learn how to do an IV. But he would probably be willing. Apparently as I was waking up, he was holding my hand, and I looked at him and smiled and said "You are my favorite person and I love your goatee."

He's been smiling ever since.


Karen said...

Awww, I love the waking up story:) I'm glad you like your new doctor. My issue was that my doctor is so young. But, she's wonderful and I've gotten over that. It's nice to have another woman to talk to.

I agree, the colonoscopy is not nearly as bad as it's made out to be. I fretted a lot, all for nothing.

Willow said...

You are right to focus on "Think of the alternative". I'm just so thankful there ARE tests and solutions to illnesses that were not available to our grandparents 50-100 years ago!

Dawn said...

That particular procedure is so easy - after the prep, which I do not do well. My hubby had it this week. We were conversing when he came out of the anesthetic and all the way home, and after we got home. Turns out he doesn't remember any of it!

Lucydolls' ramblings said...

Robin, that was a sweet comment to your hubby. I saw him yesterday and was going to ask about the goatee, but guessed I better not. But it does look nice on him.

Becky said...

Getting old in NOT for sissies! I have not had my "procedure" yet. I am 51 and so far, no one has told me I have to. I wonder how long I can wait?? And yet I know it is probably best that I bring up the subject.

Good for you getting a new doc and going all out. It is the best gift we can give ourselves.

gail@more than a song said...

I've been putting off going too and need to find a new dr.....I am little sort of the same way about male/female drs! Weird I know.
Ah the fun stuff of getting older but good for you.

Kathy S. said...

You are cute! Thanks for the chuckle! I could write a few of the same things except I don't know how to do the "line through" thing :)

Glenda said...

Loved this post . . . and can really relate to it!! I'm a little past 50, so I've had two of "The Procedures," and the second one wasn't any more fun than the first!! But getting old-er is better than the alternative!!
Thanks for reminding us ladies that we do have so many experiences in common . . . and that we can laugh along the way!

Tara said...

Does Dad have a goatee??

Anonymous said...

I go see my doctor for my 50 year old list of things to do next month (should I mention I turned 50 in September?). Anyway I loved the goatee story. I hope I say something sweet like that to my DH.
Have a great week.