Tuesday, December 14, 2010

all your frilly things scattered round my room

I risk venturing dangerously into gynecological territory - definitely into the over-sharing realm - by telling you this, but I did not have to drop my drawers at my physical examination today.

The health protocol has changed so that, barring any abnormal pap results in the past three years, pap tests are now recommended every three years, instead of annually. Intellectually, I am not sure I am in favour of this, because an awful lot can happen in three years. But I have to admit I was pretty thrilled to be spared the indignity today.

I'm not sure I appreciated the look of surprise on my doctor's face when he told me that my blood pressure was excellent, but I was high-fiving myself over having apparently gained an inch of height in the past year.

Perhaps an athletic career is still in the cards after all.

14 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

I was told paps every 2 years with a history of normal paps...I wonder if things have changed in the last 2 years? I am due for mine in March, so perhaps I'll have a reprieve coming up! Yesssss!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Glad everything in your down below is working fine.

Toccata said...

Sorry Wandering Coyote but here in BC we still have to go through the indignity of it all every two years. I volunteered to take part in a study and the hope is the data will show that don't have to go through it so often.

Congrats Barb on the sudden growth spurt. It must be a zombie thing. I'm turning into a garden gnome.

kelly said...

congrats on the good health and reprieve from indignities. Hmmm...seems us guys still need to be violated annually

L said...

We're still every year. I'm sure it has something to do with insurance companies.

leazwell said...

I got the same news months back but I said do it anyway, as you say a lot can happen in three years.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am not a fan of the speculum, WC, but I would feel more comfortable having the test more often than every three years.

According to Alberta Health Services, anyway, Dr M! But thanks, I;m pretty happy about that too.

Aww, you'd be an adorable garden gnome, Toccata! I think I just willed myself to be taller to make up for the accompanying increase on the scales.

Sorry about your continuing annual violation, Kelly. Perhaps your provincial health services number crunchers will make some cuts.

I'm positive it does as well, Lesley. Here provincial health systems are always looking for areas to cut.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We actually have no options to do it anyway, Leazwell. Perhaps I should be buying a home pap test kit!

Missy said...

Oh! I just experienced this...except I had grown only 1/2 an inch!

I had no idea that the recommendations had changed and I could hardly wait to say "There is no way I would opt in to the exam, lady!" as my nurse practitioner explained I had the option.

Missy said...

I forgot to say that I was in a grouchy mood...that is partly why I was so thrilled.

umbrellalady said...

Barb and everyone else female - take it from me, three years is definitely far too long between pap tests. I was four years between pap tests and wound up just under the stage 4 level for cervical cancer. It completely changed my health and my life forever. Push to have it done at least every 2 years. It is so important.

Wandering Coyote said...

Barb, you can probably request to have it more often if you want, but you'd have to see if it's covered for more than what they recommend.

Perhaps this is the AB cheaping out women's health??????

Wandering Coyote said...

The AB government is what I meant to say.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Let's hear it for delayed teenage growth spurts, Missy! I'll bet your nurse practitioner hears those words a lot.

I immediately thought of you when I was told it would only be offered every three years, Kathy. I think they are taking a lot of risks with women's lives.

I'm pretty convinced it's a cost-cutting measure, WC.