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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Why I Was Hysterical Laughing Before And After My Biopsy

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As is typical of most people, I was a bit nervous when I walked into the hospital for my biopsy of the parotid glands this past Friday.

Every staff member was amazing.  When I arrived I had to go to patient check-in. It's called something else, but I can't remember.  The young man was very nice and efficient.


I was put out into a waiting area to await for a nurse to come get me.  It wasn't a long wait.


The nurse was great.  She did the routine vitals, explained the upcoming procedure and we chatted a bit about the weather and the medical profession.  (See Does Weather Affect You?)


Next the sonogram technician came into the room. She scanned my parotid (on the left side).  Then the nurse said she was going to call in the doctor.  She told me he was wonderful, she loved him and she loved being on his team! 


She wasn't wrong.  He entered with a big smile on his face, introduced himself and shook my hand. He was of Indian descent, obviously born here as he had absolutely no accent, at least no foreign accent (he did have a New York accent).  

I was in the room with the nurse, sonogram technician and the doctor.  (See Today Is The Day and... YAY, I Can Go! SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!)

This man is not only an excellent doctor (Head of the Department) but he's hysterically funny.  He could have been a comedian.  I was nervous but he had us all laughing so hard, I forgot I was nervous! I was too busy laughing and catching my breath. 


The actual procedure wasn't too bad.  The doctor was all business while he was performing the biopsy.  He explained everything to me as he was doing it.  


After he finished, we all had some good laughs again.  This is one of the few times we are hoping a test comes out positive!  If it does, it proves the doctor's theory, and my mystery illness will be identified and proven.  (See Why Am I Not Posting Recipes? Because IT Has Started Again!)

My doctor should get results in about 5 - 7 business days.  And so... we wait.

The Saga continues...

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