What's the Next Step?
I noticed a little blood on my toilet tissue back in April. I chose to watch, but ignore for a while because most things go away on their own and I'm abnormally healthy. I'm 47 and take no medications. I am a clinical lab scientist and have access to a constant supply of urine strips, so I checked every week and yep, still traces of blood. After two rounds of antibiotics and one negative urine culture, I saw a urologist. Then I had the CT on this past Thursday. Working in the hospital, I filled out the necessary paperwork to have a copy of the report printed. Bummer of a decision. It's Sunday and I won't hear from my dr until tomorrow at best. Bottom line, I have a 3.1cm X 2.0cm 'soft tissue abnormality suggesting a bladder neoplasm.' As a bonus, I also evidently have fibroids in my uterus and an ovarian cyst. Unfortunately, most of the info on the internet about bladder neoplasms indicate cancer. Way to reassure a girl. I have none of the risk factors: I'm female, I've never smoked, I'm under 50, I've never had a UTI, no working in chemical environments. So. As soon as I hear what the next step is, I'll share.