You think all is going well and along comes Dr Pokey! He means well, he really does, but I found him a bit of a pain in the butt. Only joking!
First of all, I have to say that Dr Pokey is a good man who only wants to help and for that, I am eternally grateful. So, who is Dr Pokey? Well, he works in the colonoscopy department of the local hospital. In all honesty, I think every hospital has a Dr Pokey and a Nurse Prod come to think of it. My first introduction to him was last week after I failed a bowel screening test that our wonderful NHS sends us over ’60s every two years.
Meet Nurse Prod
I can’t emphasize how important those little kits are. They can save your life and all it takes is a few moments. Anyway, without going into any details, I did my test a couple of weeks ago and sent it back in the little pre-paid envelope. Within days, I had a letter back telling me that blood had been found in my sample and a bowl clinic nurse would be phoning me within a couple of days.
Now, I am the biggest baby in the world when it comes to the mention of hospitals, nurses, doctors and so on. I turn into jelly-like blubber that can’t string two words together in a coherent way. I get so worked up I cannot think, sleep, breathe, eat or have any sensible conversation with another human. It’s weird, I know, but that’s how I’m wired up. Before long, the telephone was ringing and Nurse Prod was on the other end. As I sat, cowering in the corner, listening to what she had to say, I realised just how nice and caring she really was.
Meet Dr Pokey
She did a great job calling me on the phone as within a few days I was in the hospital, face to face with Dr Pokey and his team. I say face to face, but it was more like a bum to face! Because I am such a baby, I had all these weird thoughts racing through my mind:
Would he hurt me?
Does he enjoy poking about?
What if he pokes too hard and punctures something?
Will I bleed to death?
And on and on the thoughts go. I know I’m not alone and we all fear hospitals and procedures to some extent. Going to the dentist is a similar experience. As with all these things, it’s never anywhere as bad as you think it will be. Not forgetting too, these simple procedures can save your life! I can’t thank enough all of the nurses and Dr Pokey. They are all Angels!
More information about the Bowel Screening Program.