About a decade ago I got a call that my pap smear was abnormal. The doctor who called wasn't my regular gynecologist...who was this guy's daughter, oddly enough. (Yes, I do think a father, daughter gynecologist team is kinda weird. So sue me.) Anyway, he said to pick up a prescription for something and come back in 3 weeks to take another test. That was it.
Well for three weeks I was convinced I must have cancer...I mean that's what pap smears look for right?
As it turned out when my regular doctor, the daughter, walked into the examining room to take the second test 3 weeks later she mentioned that they were actually concerned about PID, that the abnormal cells weren't carcino-somethin', so it wasn't cancer they were looking for.
Too bad Father Doctor didn't think to mention that, huh?
So, while out to dinner tonight with a bunch of women friends & colleagues it turns out another woman had almost exactly the same experience...spending 3 weeks convinced she had cancer, when she had, well, nothing, just like me.
Did either of us ask the questions that might have cleared this up from the beginning? Well no. But it wouldn't have hurt for the doctor, who after all knew a bit more than she or I did, to tell us.