Without going into details, I have a medical test/procedure scheduled later this week.
Here’s what you should know:
I’m living with my autoimmune disease for almost 10 years now. In that time, I’ve already experienced this particular test twice. Each time the results were inconclusive.
The test is being done a third time mainly for comparison purposes. It’s been a few years since the last test, and doctors are interested in seeing if any changes show up this time around. There are some concerns that my left leg may be worsening. If so, this test may give some clues about what’s going on in my leg.
Aside from the fact that I don’t want to have this test in the first place, I’m not sure what to think about this test and its possible results.
Here’s the dilemma:
Do I want the test to reveal something? To pinpoint a reason why my leg pain is increasing and my leg strength is decreasing? Would this perhaps give doctors a lead, a clue, in terms of more effective treatment?
But what if my leg does test worse? What would that mean?
Or, do I want this test to be like every other test I take – indeterminate? Within the boundaries of normal-enough?
Which is reassuring I guess, but on the other hand it also means it provides doctors (and me) no answers, no explanations, no reasons why I feel the way I feel.
In reality the only thing I can realistically hope for is courage. Courage during the test. And courage after the test. In whatever form I may need it.