“Take my uterus. Take it out.”
That’s what I was subject to today.
The patient had no issues with it. She was healthy and in fact pre-menopausal. She wanted it removed. To the point she was making up symptoms that she clearly didn’t have.
Fear of the Crab.
I didn’t have time until lunch so I sat with her then. I asked her why she “really” wanted it removed.
She told me about her mother dying in agony from Carcinoma of the Cervix. Cervical Cancer to the man on the street. The deadly disease spreads fast through India’s population coupled with high birth rates and poor hygiene. Slow treatment often means a poor prognosis.
Fear of the Crab made her want to remove an organ she was happy to live without. She was so scared she was happy too undergo a pretty major surgery to protect her life from a disease that she didn’t even have.
She still is in the ward demanding the procedure. The joke is that she may be right. She comes from a part of India where Ca Cervix is very common. Many women want to remove the instrument of their death pre-emptively.
And the ultimate irony is that we have a vaccine for that…
The HPV vaccine saves lives. Vaccinate your daughters. Vaccinate your sons if you can.