Warning - this gets kind of personal......
Yesterday I had my last pap smear. Unless they find something problemmatical - this is it. Who knew that when you got to a certain age they stop needing to do this very intrusive and personal procedure? Not me.
I told my doctor that I was probably going to blog about this because it seems actually noteworthy. One more step on the aging path leading me closer to "Crone - hood." The wise old woman, I hope and not the old crank.
I asked my doctor if she remember her first pap smear - I remember mine. It was a big surprise and my mother did not prepare me for this at all. And it was, as was usual for that time, a male doctor.
Much different these days as there are explanations throughout the procedure now and a familiar women and (after three children) it is almost routine. But that first one! Wow - it was startling and embarrassing. Talk about feeling vulnerable!
So, I say good bye to that part of my life. And embrace this interesting experience of aging. There is much that I miss - like my youthful metabolism, smoother skin and better memory. But this is one part I will not miss.
Good bye pap smear. I won't miss you at all!