It was only supposed to be a check up. The visit was presumed to be routine. The tests were ordinary. At first. Then came the drop of the hammer. “There is something there,” the doctor said. “We need to do more tests.” That big “uh oh” moment comes crashing in upon you when they nor you have any idea what is being suggested here. It is unsettling, somewhat scary, and altogether mind boggling. Nothing like this was supposed to happen. Not now. Not ever!
But happen it does. And when it does, as the younger man told me, just the other day “It’s all a matter of attitude.” He is likely my junior by about 20 years. Yet, he is the one advising me, while he is the one coping with the bad news.