Scary Moment

Following on from my HGV medical in October I made an appointment with my GP and had blood samples taken and was warned there may be a problem with my kidneys. Two days later I had a missed call from the surgery and when I phoned back, the receptionist had no idea what the call was about but said she would find out.

I decided to call in to the GP’s surgery on the way to work the next day and was told that the doctor had tried to call me but they did not know what it was about and that he was now on holiday. The receptionist kindly voiced her opinion that, “it must be urgent”. So I put 2 and 2 together and concluded I must have a serious problem with my kidneys. This being the case I would be unable to drive a truck.

I made an appointment to see another doctor a couple of days later and took the time off work, due to not knowing if I had a kidney disease plus the process had messed with my head somewhat. I had a scary moment.

Once I saw the doctor, things became calm and organised. He explained that because my PSA levels were up he wanted to have my kidneys checked but was referring me for investigation for Prostate Cancer.

Coming out of Retirement (again)

Having retired for the third time in early 2018, I was surprised to get a phone call in June, from an agency, asking me if I wanted some work in Basingstoke. My CV was still online apparently.

The job turned out to be with the company I had retired from in 2013 before setting off on my South American Adventure. I was happy to go back and enjoyed it so much that I went from temporary to a permanent employee.

This proved to have unforeseen benefits because when I went for my HGV medical in October, there was an anomaly with my urine sample which led to blood tests, x-rays, scans etc., which have culminated in a diagnosis of Prostate Cancer.

I think it is fair to say that, had I not gone back to work, the cancer would have remained undetected for much longer. It is not yet advanced and I will be starting treatment soon which is intended to cure.

I intend to blog my way through this, treating it as another adventure.