Finally, after more than 4 years of putting it off, I took care of me. I can’t afford to put it off any longer.
The last time I had myself checked, as what the record say was 2010. So, when my OB GYN, Dra. Theresa Henson, saw my face she was shocked as I was. hahahahaha.
She goes: “finally I see your face! You owe me a pap smear, a mamo/sono, blood test, and colonoscopy.”
Ang haba na ng listahan ko!
She did a thorough check up while I was there. First, pap smear. Second, ultra sound.
My ultra sound came out good. No fibroids, clean, right size of my uterus, etc. Nothing to worry about.
After a few days Dra. Henson’s secretary texted me the result of my pap smear.
Next on the list was my blood work. Dra. Henson gave me a list on what needs to be done.
She suggested that I have it done in Health Lab, it’s cheaper and they do home service. I checked Makati Med how much it would cost me if I had it done there and they said it was P16,465. While if I will have it done in Health Lab it will cost me P13,390 and it’s home service.
Dra. Henson’s secretary, Lyn, set an appointment for me in Health Lab the following day at 7am. Health Lab was on time, complete gadgets, their technician was clean and found my vein right away.The technician took this much blood. Yikes.It was very convenient (home service), and was very quick. It took less than 20 minutes.
Next, is mammogram and sonogram which I had done yesterday.
My appointment was at 10:00 am in Makati Medical Center’s Breast Clinic.
The last time I had my mamo & sono was in 2010 and I waited for a long time. This time I made sure I was ready.
They called me around 10:15 to prep me for mammogram first. They let me change to a ‘lab gown’ or whatever it’s called.
And led me to the patient’s lounge to wait for my turn. Surprisingly, there was hardly anyone there. This area is usually full.I waited for my turn and went on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to keep me busy! hahahaha.
When my name was called, a technician led me to the mammogram room. It looks so creepy and scary. This is how the machine looks like. Apparently this is the latest machine. It is already digital and they don’t need to press our boobies that hard anymore. Not like before.The technician sensed that I was kinda nervous so, she put me at ease and talked to me. She asked the normal questions and when she asked my birthday, she goes: “pareho pala tayo ng birthday Mam! Pareho tayong maganda.”
Okay, that made me relax a bit.
She was right. It didn’t hurt that much anymore. The procedure took less than 20 minutes. And she asked me to go back to the patient’s lounge and wait for my name to be called for the sonogram.
So, I went back and went on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter again! Social Media really made our life easier. hahahaha.
So, basically it took me just less than an hour! Wow. Far cry from my last experience in 2010 were I had to wait the whole afternoon and the procedure hurt like crazy!
The whole procedure (mammogram and sonogram) cost P5,300.
Okay. Confirmed menopause.
I feel like dying.