Friday, September 01, 2006

Another of those 'circle of life' things.

SO. I was at the doctor this arvo to get my 'ladies pill' script refilled and decided I'd pack in a few questions to get my money's worth - I actually booked in with the 'lady doctor' such was my desire to not get ripped off (see: here).

So, after she went through the typical 'you're happy with the current pill you're on?' and started scribbling out the new script, I jumped in with the 'I had some questions about that cervix vaccine?'...

Now, some of you should be aware of this - it hit the news this week. They released a vaccine to the public on Monday, that, administered over three shots, prevents four strains of HPV - two of the strains are directly linked to the development of cervical cancer, the other two are more complimentary. It's not on the PBS yet (ie, costs the full $155 per needle (x3!)) and they're currently lobbying to get the needles done at school, similar to the Rubella etc they do at the mo'. The main issue is a bit of a sticky one... for the needle to be fully effective (ie, 100% effective at preventing the 4 main HPV strains) it has to be administered before the girl is sexually active - they're currently estimating between 9 and 14.

"Well, it's not yet in the computers and I don't have any information, and to be fully effective it should be administered before a girl is sexually active... how long have you been sexually active?"

*quick calculation and cringe*
*pause*

"Um... about eight years...?"

*pause*
*THE look*

"well.... I suppose I could handwrite a script and you can go think about it...it DOES say it's for people aged up to 26..."

I also managed to walk out of there knowing that my clicky knees aren't quire ready for the gunk clearing tube to go through them, and a referral for a blood test so I can get my Iron/B12/folate tested (beats my last appointment where the doctor just told me that, as a vegan, I should 'um, just watch your iron and calcium - I think that's what vegetarians don't get much of' (end consultation)).

I haven't got the vaccine yet - seems v few places have it in stock atm, so I'm gonna hafta see about getting it ordered in and making the doctors appointment (and getting my dad to pay as he offered and I don't have $450 to splash around in atm - I think if he hadn't offered I wouldn't have decided to get it as it's obviously a bit, er, late for me to start.. but YOU try and have that convo with your parents!!!).

As I was milling around the chemists waiting for my boring-sounding-microgynon-pill to be ready, I walked past a woman who looked familiar... OMG! my internal monologued tooted IT'S YOUR FIRST BOYFRIENDS MOTHER!! HIDE!!!! And I did. Until the chemist called my full name out loud to pick up my script

Chances of running into the mother of the boy who deflowered you on the same day you're refilling your pill script and contemplating a jab directly linked to how long you've been hitting it?

Well?

16 comments:

Steph said...

That's interesting. My doc said it was only effective in virgins.
Rules me out!

Will get a second opinion.

ChickyBabe said...

Too funny! Karma is trying to tell you something...

Enny said...

steph - while I'm no doctor, I think it may be worthwhile googling a little - it's only effective in stopping the strains of HPV - if you've already had it, it can't make you un-have it...

cb - i DREAD to think of what it's trying to say!!!

Lulu said...

Oh to be able to go to the doctor and get a pill prescription that costs less than 100 bucks for 3 months.

I doubt they even off the jab for HPV here considering it took 40 years to get the mini-pill in this country.

I think i will get it next time I am in Australia though. It can't hurt right (Well it probably will but you know what i mean!)

Have a good weekend Enny*

Enny said...

lulu - how expensive is it over there? And can you take the pill back overseas? It's a bit of a 'better safe than sorry', particularly as it's not interfering with the cervix (which was my main concern)... I will, you too! =o)

The Student said...

I am a virgin, will it help me?

Enny said...

Mr Da Stu - there's NOTHING can help you now...!

DelightfulJen said...

Enny, maybe you should have hit her up for half the cost of the jabs, considering her son played a part in your deflowering, and the consequent reduced effectiveness of the vaccine.

Or maybe that would just make things awkward... :P

Susanne said...

Hehe, that's hilarious about bumping into the first boy's mum!

Enny said...

d'jen - Heh heh 'excuse me, hi, yeah - you haven't seen me since I abandoned your son, ooh, six and a half years ago now - remember? when he turned into a gambling addict? yeah, well, I was hoping that seeing as he decided I was ready for a fat meat injection all that time ago BEORE I was able to get vaccinated for potential consequences, perhaps you wouldn't mind taking some responsibility for that and chipping in now...?' ;o)

susanne - what are the chances, eh? nex thing I know she'll stalking the condom aisle at woolies, traipsing through fyshwick, running a stall at sexpo... ;o)

DelightfulJen said...

See Enny, exactly, it would be an entirely comfortable conversation to have! Stop being a sissy and call her and have a chat :P

Enny said...

d'jen - by george! I think you're RIGHT! Tho I don't have any ways of making contact anymore (excluding hanging around the pharmacy), so maybe I could just hang around outside the house to see if she'll come out with wads of cash? ;o)

Boysenberry said...

And I thought it was bad enough bumping into old flames. Stuff bumping into their parents!

Halliwell said...

BAH thats nothing..
I've had an ex's mother ask about my love life.. NOW that is awkward.

Enny said...

b'b'rry - I know! I fear the parents judgement MORE than the exes...

halliwell - Unless it distinctly included references to contraception, I don't think it counts!

Halliwell said...

look who care about the parents judgements, They do it..your telling me they don't hear whats going on or at least suspect it?
Well the situation was i hadn't seen her nor her daughter for about 8 months and the questioning thus follows 'hi how are you?' 'any news or scandal?' 'Any new girls happening?' let me say after such a long absence and the whole ex's mum thing i freaked out a little..