It was around 10 in the morning and I was at work. I was not expecting to hear quickly at all about the results of my blood test. But it came in rather quickly. The NP asked me if I wanted the good news or the bad news first.
I asked for her to just lay it on the line. I was told that my white blood cell count was 3 times what it should be and that my lymphocytes were too high as well. In order to find out what was really going on with me I needed to see a specialist. She was going to refer me to a hematology and oncology clinic.
The tears started to flow when I heard the word “oncology.” My parents had both passed on from cancer, and my sister is a breast cancer survivor, so I knew this could not be good! Oh, and, I never heard the good news…
When one receives news such as I did, the first thing your mind does is play the game of “what if.” And, my husband and I played this game when I got home. The news that I received really gives you a different perspective on life. We decided to stop playing the game and hope for the best. And, we both realized that we both needed to get our lives in order in the event anything happened to either of us.
We sat down for our evening cocktail and toasted to life and to being together for the next 30+ years.
What was next was waiting for the hematology/oncology clinic to call me to schedule an appointment. I was told by the NP that they would be sending over the results either that day or the following. And being proactive, I decided to call the hematology/oncology clinic to see if I could set an appointment ahead of time.
Well, they do not do that. The blood test results are reviewed by an oncologist and then once that is done they call you to make the appointment.
Now we play the waiting game.