Can’t let a week pass without some medical appointments. On Monday I saw my GP, Maëlle, and yesterday I saw a doctor at the clinique – who had been in Maelle’s class at medical school.
Dr Glaise was young, informal, friendly and authoritative. What a pleasure to visit her, even if the news was not particularly cheering. She confirmed the views of my old friend, Christine (together in primary school, secondary school, and university – and she then went on to the heights of her profession as a doctor). Both the surgery last year and then the radiotherapy have caused substantial scarring, or adhesions, which explain the fact that I have problems in different parts of my abdomen.
Her view was that the two recent episodes of pain were kidney stones, which with any luck have passed through. But I should do what I can to avoid a recurrence – mainly by drinking even more water. Abdominal surgery is definitely not to be recommended unless in a life-saving situation: more surgery would mean more adhesion problems.
She also thought the pancreas might not be functioning properly. She has given me a course of medication and if this does not work I have to go back to the clinique, this time to a gastroenterologist.