An Update on my Latest Doctor Visit

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iStock_000015318895XSmallI went for my follow up doctor appointment today and thought I would share an update with those of you who have been praying for me over the last several weeks.

My doctor says the spot on my face has not healed like she had hoped for after the freezing procedure, so it is time to move on to the next step.

I now have to make an appointment with the dermatologist to have a closer look at the spot on my face and biopsy it.

Thankfully, I have done some research and talked to others who have been though this and I know it’s something that some have lived with for years.

I don’t fear the C-Word as much this time around.

I also had a complete physical performed.

During the breast exam, she said she would like to schedule another mammogram because she could feel something that wasn’t right.

This kinda hit me like a ton of bricks.

I have moved on from worrying about that issue after the mammogram and ultrasound I had done last year both came back negative. 

The hard mass of tissue that I had looked at last year is still there, I can still feel it, and after the exam she could too and thought there was reason enough to have a second look since mammograms don’t always do the best job on women who are younger and full figured.

I’ll be honest with you, I am more upset by the fact that mammograms are expensive!!

Silly, I know.

Obviously I don’t want a positive result, so I can’t help thinking what a huge waste of money it will be when it comes back with the same negative results.

Lastly, my blood pressure was pretty high at my last appointment.  We both assumed it was from the stress of going to the doctor and chose to wait a month, watch my diet, and test it again since it was normal just a year ago.

I followed her instructions and quit coffee and pop.  I also left the salt alone.

Today it was really high still, so I have to have some more blood work done to try to rule out the possibilities.

She is also having me tested for a genetic blood disease that my biological father and grandfather both had called Factor V Leiden.

The irony behind the possibility of having a blood disease from my earthy father that I never really even knew is pretty funny to me.

I used to say he never gave me anything, turns out I might have been wrong about that 😉

I have a history of severe headaches, blood clots, miscarriages, Toxemia (Pre-Eclampsia), stroke, and high blood pressure.

These are all fairly common symptoms of the blood disease which is why she wants to see if I have it, and determine if I have  inherited one or two copies of the gene mutation.

So as it stands, I now have to have the dermatologist do a biopsy and have some blood work done (again).

And as if that weren’t enough I get to go through the whole mammogram experience again.

I thought I was good until 40 :(

So there you go.  You know as much as we do for now.

As you can imagine I still need your prayers if you think of it, and I just want to thank you all for all the support and sweet words of encouragement you’ve given me over the last several weeks while I waited for answers.  You are the best group of friends a girl could ask for!

In the mean time I will continue to watch my diet, excercise and do some praying of my own that things are just fine and easily taken care of.

I can’t help but think how healthy I was before I ever went to the doctor in the first place.

I’m just kidding, kinda.

About Kristie Sawicki

Kristie Sawicki is the author of Saving Dollars and Sense, where she blogs about Money Saving Ideas and Frugal Living Tips, as well the Best Coupons, Deals and Freebies around. You can connect with Kristie Sawicki on Google+ and on the Saving Dollars and Sense Facebook page.


  1. I had a mammagram a few years ago and low and behold the issues I was having related also to soda!! You have my prayers.


  2. connie voodre says:

    good luck my prayers are with you. we just discovered my husband has stage 4 cancer so I feel for you its not fun, waiting for the test results

  3. Kristie, Your health is the most precious thing that you have. It seems to me that you have had enough issues and risk factors. that the cost should be the furthest thing away from your mind. If the test turn out to be nothing, Halleluiah!
    It sounds like maybe you don’t have Health Insurance, if not, you are one of the millions who need Health Care in tthis country. Not to mention that you would be covered with pre-existing conditions. I wish you well, and try to take one step at a time.

  4. Praying for you! And the future tests!

  5. Hi Kristie, you are in my prayers. The word of God say, “when you have done all to stand….stand. I pray all test return negative and the symptoms never return. I trust God who is faithful to His word and you do also. Stay in faith believing for the positive outcome of all your test.

  6. pamela jablonski says:

    praying for you right now!

  7. I will be praying for you. Scary times. I have a lump in my armpit that the doctors keep saying will go away. It has been 2 years and I am taking your story and going back in to have another look. Good Luck and God Bless.

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