Hub has had a big lump on the back of his neck for some years now. It’s grown and grown but every time a doctor checks it, Hub is told that it’s a harmless sebaceous cyst and nothing to worry about.
Well times have changed … recently it started getting redder and redder until it is now positively purple. And then it started hurting, so he can’t fasten his shirt collars, can’t lean back in a chair and can’t lie on his back in bed.
So we’re trying to get it sorted. It took 6 goes before our doctor’s surgery finally answered. Then they have this irritating system whereby they will not give you a straightforward appointment, they always have to ring you back. This can take 24-48 hours.
So we started ringing them, until they replied.
Another oddity with our practice is that we have never seen a doctor. We know there is one, but we always see the Senior Nurse Practitioners. They are good, but they aren’t doctors. And this time, having seen the SNP 2 weeks ago, and taken all her antibiotics, and still not any better, Hub asked to see a doctor.
He could see a skin specialist in 2 weeks.
NO. HE WANTED TO SEE A DOCTOR, ASAP.
Funnily enough, they managed to find him an appointment – this afternoon!
Apparently, it’s a sebaceous cyst that has become infected, and needs incising.
Ah, you’ll have to go to this other practice and see this dermatologist … in 2 weeks’ time.
NOT TWO WEEKS. ASAP.
Doc will see what she can do …
… meanwhile we will ring and ring until something happens. >:-[
(We’re due to go on our celebratory ruby wedding trip to Italy early in May – don’t want to go having just had an incision – what if there are complications???)
Silver lining: Hub always snores when he sleeps on his back. At least at present I am getting quieter nights…