Back on the 28th September, I wandered along to see Nurse Percy, to get my monthly shot of whatever it is, she shoots into me. Oh well if you insist, I’ll tell you what it is: Hydroxocobalamin; Hydropxo-B12. now, we’re all none the wiser, so I’ll ramble on with the rubbish.
After giving me the shot, Nurse Percy told me that I’d have to see Doc Francis and get a prescription for another supply. Each scrip is for a three month supply, and cost me the exorbitant amount of $5.40; yes indeed can you believe that, every three months having to fork out five dollars 40?
So, not having an appointment to see the good Doc, I had to con the receptionist, Oonagh, the lovely Irish lass, I’m not sure whether she is the youngest, or the eldest, of 12 children, she has the patience to put up with me, and to squeeze me into see the Doc.
The doc ask’s me how I’m going, and I tell him fine, except for getting a bit short on breath at times. He decides he’ll check me over, after which he gives me a referral for Prof. Kilian and a referral/request/order form to Quantum Radiology, just across the road from his rooms, and tells me to take it over and get X-rays done, now!
Well I can’t get out of that, he caught me on the hop; so across the road I went and wandered into Quantum, gave them the Doc’s form, they asked if I’d been there before and I told them yes a few years back, so I didn’t have to fill in any forms, took a seat as told, (it was one of those days when I did as I was told).
A few minutes later, I was summoned by a young lady, and taken into the X-ray room, told to take my jumper and shirt off, it’s still cold enough to be wearing one of those things; and she took the the X-rays, checked them out, told me, “okay, put your shirt back on”. So I did.
A few minutes later she came in, gave me a nice white bag with the X-rays I said thank you very much, popped the referral for Prof. Kilian into the bag, found the car and drove home.
The War office asked how I went, and I told her fine, had to get some X-rays, “what for?” she wants to know, so I tell her “the Doc wanted them”, “Okay” says she.
I then hang the nice white bag ,containing said X-rays and referral to said Pro. K. on the hook on my bedroom door, and forgot about them. Easily forgotten, as I like to keep the door open all the time, makes it easier for Coco to come and go.
Last Monday morning, I’m doing nothing of any great moment, (playing a card game on the computer if you really want to know; which I doubt) and the phone rings, I pick it up and say”hello”; I have a very nice telephone manner, and I brighten up immediately, “Hello Brian, it’s Percy!”
“Hello Percy” says me “what can I do for you Percy?”. “You can come in and see Doctor Francis as soon as possible”; “Well I can’t make it before, Wednesday Percy, and as the Doc doesn’t come in on Wednesday, we’ll have to make it Thursday,. What time will I come?”
“You can come in at 9.45 or 10.15” “Okay 10.15 it is”. Really a bit early for me in a way. Daylight Saving Time commenced on the Sunday, and my body clock wasn’t in sync, 9.45 was like 8.45 breakfast time, but I thought I’d better make the effort.
So at 10 am Thursday I presented myself at the medical centre, (better to be 15 minutes early than 15 seconds late), and sat and had a chat with Oonagh, until the Doc came and got me, 10 minutes late. he doesn’t subscribe to my credo.
Naturally, I had forgotten to take the X-rays in, they’re ” ‘anging on the ‘ook in the ‘all “; well not exactly, they’re on the hook on the bedroom door,completely forgotten.
He didn’t go crook at me, just told me that he’d got the report from Quantum, and there could be a bit of a problem.
It appears that there is nodule on one of my lungs, and they need to do a CT scan; “This another cancer, Doc? ” ask’s me, “Could be” says he “a CT scan should give us a better idea”. “Knowing my luck Doc it’s bound to be” says me “it’s determined to get me sometime”.
Next thing he tells me, is that Percy has to take some blood out of me, send it off for analysis, and get the results back to Quantum by Friday, as I was to have the CT scan done then, all I had to do was make a time with them. At 1.30 pm yesterday Friday the scan was done!
I imagine that one day next week I’ll get another call from Nurse Percy to say that the Doc wants to see me.