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8 years ago @ The Toast - What We've Done to Wolves · 0 replies · +57 points
8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup · 0 replies · +7 points
I decided to try slowing fading out of her life but the first time I sat with other people at lunch she acted like I'd written "I HATE YOU" IN 10ft letters on the wall. I'm sure she wasn't the only one at fault, I probably did some shitty things that I don't remember/block out, but my memories of that time are really painful.
She's good friends with my sister now and we chat if we see each other but it feels weird.
8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup · 1 reply · +10 points
8 years ago @ The Toast - The Eight Steps For Ma... · 0 replies · +13 points
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8 years ago @ The Toast - Don't You Dare Try To ... · 0 replies · +9 points
It would certainly make Dr. Who more interesting...
8 years ago @ The Toast - Don't You Dare Try To ... · 2 replies · +25 points
8 years ago @ The Toast - Don't You Dare Try To ... · 1 reply · +15 points
8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +5 points
As someone said above, an abnormal test can be due to all sorts of things (where you are in your cycle, a minor infection, whether you've had sex, smear being done wrong) so generally an abnormal smear will be repeated. If the second one is normal, nothing else needs to be done.
If it's still abnormal you get a colposcopy which looks at the cells more closely. If this is normal, you're fine. If this is still abnormal it means you may have a lesion that could, possibly (but NOT inevitably), over a few years gradually develop into something more serious. These lesions can be treated quite simply (in the clinic where I did my elective they treated some of them on the same day as the colposcopy).
Don't worry, pap smears are about prevention not diagnosis.
Sorry for the rant. It just irks me when patients end up scared or anxious because a doctor/nurse couldn't be bothered to spend two minutes explaining things like this. So much distress, so easily prevented.
8 years ago @ The Toast - The Fictional Spinster... · 0 replies · +17 points
That said, I suppose marriage could work in the right conditions. My mum and dad get along really well because they have separate bedrooms and one of my dad's friends is building wendy house in their back garden specifically to be her "Woman-cave" and no other family members are allowed in it unless they bring her wine.
I think I could live like that.