i haven't posted on here before but you have all been a great comfort when I needed you a few months ago so thank you all much. Sorry this is a long one!
I had LLETZ procedure done in October and a month or so ago I got a letter from the colposcopy clinic and one from my GP surgery reminding me about my repeat 6 month smear due in April. I booked it up and went in on the 22nd to have it done at my GP surgery and it was horribly stressful.
When I got in there my nurse did the usual of 'please take a seat and we will go through your form' so I did. She started to go through the form then stopped and said "Is this your first smear?" I told her about having had LLETZ to which she just said "ok" no asking if been ok since, abnormal bleeding etc. She then realised she should probably read my notes and said "oh you aren't actually due until July"
To which I replied "I'm due now, it's been six months since my Lletz procedure" (I said this extremely politely, I'm a very shy person and hate conflict!)
she replied "no, it says here you aren't due until July"
me "well I have my letters here from this surgery and the clinic and they say April"
Nurse "We'll they must have been sent in error as our system is never wrong"
me "I'm sorry but I think it is as the letters say six months check as colposcopy specialist told me 6 months as said all my post procedure information"
Nurse "we'll if I do it now and send it of they won't process it"
*cue interruption from receptionist with a cup of tea for the nurse*
me "but my letters say I need and I know I need I don't want to go away again. It's my health we are talking about"
Nurse "I think it's best you go away today and phone the clinic to discuss it"
me "I don't see what good that will do considering both them and you wrote to me telling me to come this month! I think it's your computet error and I'd like it sorted now. If I go away then I'll have to re book and to fit in with myour or will be another month. I don't feel happy going against a doctors advice. Is there a manager here today?"
Nurse *massive sigh* "ok, I'll go ask them *throws the form down on the side*
I sit there twiddling my thumbs for ten minutes and then she comes back and says
Comes back ad "right, apparently we are doing it" sits down and starts finishing form. Then she tells me to take my lower clothes off and lie on the couch. All this time huffing and pudding and not looking at me. Like it was all my fault, as you can imagine i REALLY didn't want it done now but obviously knew I needed it so persevered!
I led on the couch at the end the same way I had done at prev smear, colposcopy and LLETZ. She said "oh" (more of a groan/sigh "you are obviously doing as you did at the clinic, can you lie right back on the couch"
So I did as she asked, she did the whole thing without talking or asking if I was ok. She then finished and said "ok we're done" and sat back at her computer so I just got up and started changing. She still said nothing so I said "do I go now?" And she replied "yes"
i then asked her when I get results as she hasn't told me. She sighed again then said "2 weeks, if any abnormalities you will be called back, of not it will be three yearly smears"
i had been told at my Lletz that it would be annual smears for a while as did all my literature. I have no faith in that surgery now so wondered if you guys could advise?
Horrible smear test, when all you want is reassurance :( I didn't want to be harsh but I also wasn't going to give in and risk my own health by not having it done. Was I out of line and did I deserve her attitude?
When should I be having smear tests if all normal?