Aileen Lamb
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Aileen Lamb

A lot can change in six hours

Aileen Lamb
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Aileen Lamb
13 Nov 2015



Wednesday 16th September 2015 began as a pretty ordinary day. If I overlooked the fact that I felt completely rotten – wiped out, harbouring flu-like symptoms, a headache worse than any hangover I’ve ever had and still trying to rid myself of the mother and father of all cold-sores.

My lovely husband Steve drove me to my doctors for blood tests at 2.30pm, which the nurse ‘hoped’ would be turned around quickly so that the doctor could look at the results when I saw him in two days time.

I dragged my sorry ass home and lay on the couch unable to even concentrate on the Great British Bake Off. At around 9pm my house phone rang – no one EVER calls on this number…..it was an out of hours doctor from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

She proceeded to ask me how I felt, and told me that she was looking at my bloods. “They don’t look too good” she advised. She couldn’t confirm it, however she was concerned that the tests were showing a form of leukaemia.

I was told to pack a bag immediately and go directly to the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, where they were waiting to admit me. I threw random items into an overnight bag. My mind was in saying – “they’ve made a mistake, they’ve definitely made a mistake and I’ll arrive here and be told just to go home”.

Unfortunately there was no mistake. That call propelled me off the edge of a cliff and onto the conveyor belt which began my cancer journey.

Comments

18.11.2015

My goodness, what a 24 hours Aileen! 

Had you heard much of leukaemia before your diagnosis? I imagine a million and one thoughts must have been zipping through your head when you were heading up to the hospital to get confirmation not least shock as you wouldn't have been expecting to hear back from the doctor for at least a couple of days.

Aileen Lamb
18.11.2015

I knew a little bit about leukaemia Andy.....but only a tiny fraction of what I now know! It was certainly not the phone call I was expecting!

26.11.2015

Hi Aileen

This seems to be a regular thing with the diagnosis of Leukaemia, I had a similar experience. Blood test at eight o'clock in the morning expecting results at a later date, but there was no wait & I was admitted to hospital the very same day. My diagnosis was T Cell PLL.