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Anyone Over 50 Here?

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Re: Anyone Over 50 Here?

Post by Lush4life » 09 Jan 2019 08:18

yep I agree with spats we very lucky go get these tests in UK for free have had all that's been mentioned, for me re smear test worst thing is the embarrassment tbh.
I am 60 now I don't remember last time I got called in for one ? Am certain it was during my drinking days so that 4 years plus .
Mammograms yes are painful ; we now know how grandma felt when she caught her # its in a mangle don't we girls? :lol: ;)
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Re: Anyone Over 50 Here?

Post by Rachel » 09 Jan 2019 12:11

I actually had a failed smear test - as in the nurse tried to do it but couldn't. Took me a year to summon up the courage to try again.. It did occur to me at the time at the I would probably be ok having one after a few glasses of wine. A valium might have done the trick too, possibly.
When I was in my early 30s, I had a doctor tell me, as she was bout to do the test, that she had never had once herself as she didn't need to. It was at this point that I noticed all the evangelical Christian posters around the room :? She made me bleed, but I thought at the time that this was inexperience rather than anything else. For this reason (and another experience) I would never let a doctor do it. They are not sufficiently practiced at it. Mind you they probably don't these days, given they won't even deign to take your blood pressure.

I had a lot of judgmental behaviour about contraception too from GPs in the late '90s and early 2000s (and it's not like I was particularly young.) I hope that's changed.

The thing about the mammogram that got me (apart from the pain and someone womanhandling my breasts as if they were lumps of meat)was the the person doing it was so utterly humorless. I need a bit of humour to cope with somewhat embarrassing situations. Initiated by me, of course, but responded to :D had it done in a hut in Sainsbury's car park ;) (Yes it was official!)

SB I was told that liver function tests were routinely given as part of the thyroid check up when I had it done a couple of months ago, but I suppose these things change and/or one cannot entirely trust what GPs say. It possibly depends on the practice('s budget.).

Sorry I am a pedant - I am a keen genealogist- but 48 was the average lifespan at the turn of the last century, but this took into account infant mortality. Most people, if they survived childhood, lived for quite a bit longer than that - even my ancestors who lived in poverty in unhealthy industrial cities.
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Re: Anyone Over 50 Here?

Post by Rachel » 09 Jan 2019 18:45

Sorry that really was pedantic... :oops:
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Re: Anyone Over 50 Here?

Post by SoberBoots » 09 Jan 2019 18:56

Rachel wrote:
09 Jan 2019 18:45
Sorry that really was pedantic... :oops:
No, you're quite right of course. I actually love a good statistic - which mine wasn't!
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Re: Anyone Over 50 Here?

Post by Rachel » 10 Jan 2019 08:22

One of my colleagues had put it in a book I was proofing but it was reflected in the illustration so it couldn't be changed :shock:
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