Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mammos And Other Things That Are Smashed

I did it! I actually lived long enough to go to my doctor's appointment. I was sure after both my friends Lisa and Susan felt impressed to tell me to see a doctor that I was on the verge of extinction. But no, I am still alive and hopefully well.

I met my doctor--the one that had the least amount of patients and therefore could see me in less than a six month wait. She was nice, soft spoken and appeared to be competent.

She also prescribed a whole slew of tests that she wants me to take for no other reason than that I am old. I left with prescriptions for a mammogram, colonoscopy, lab work, and a bone density test.

Yesterday was my mammogram. I have had an intense fear of them since I had a bad experience many years ago. Since then I have just collected the prescriptions in a drawer--always with the intention of calling to schedule the appointment, but never quite working up the courage to do it.

So after nagging me daily, Susan sent an email saying she felt "imPRESSED" to remind me of the "PRESSING" conversation we had and that if I weren't too "PRESSED" for time, I needed to schedule that. What is more, she offered to go with me to hold my hand--figuratively speaking--and treat me to lunch afterward.

Well, who can pass up having lunch with a friend?:-)

I arrived with Susan by my side giving moral support. (Yes, I know!! I am the world's biggest baby!!:-) Finally I was called back and alone faced the technician.

"Stand here. Lean forward. Drop your elbow. Raise your chin. Hold your other hand out. Relax your arm. Don't move. Hold your breath. Let me know if the pain becomes unbearable."

Six times I went through that routine.

And then I was done.

And Susan took me to lunch where, in honor of the mammogram we ate----Paninis. A wonderful little sandwich that also gets smashed.


Jenny-Jenny said...

Oh you make me laugh!!! Good one!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Yay for you!

Suzanne said...

First of all, I applaud you for going! Good for you!

Second of all, I applaud Susan for being such a great friend! Yay for Susan!

Hope all your tests go by quickly and everything works out for you! Sending you happy, healthy vibes from me to you! -suzanne

Momza said...

Hey I just did that last Friday, and because I'm so awesome, I get to go back in for another next Monday!!

Isn't life so fun??

NatureGirl said...

Funny one, girly...Yeah! Way to go...get smashed! But 6 times?! How many do you have?

Lisa said...

Too funny.

Dave and Camille said...

Hahahahahaha. Enough said. :)

Rebecca Irvine said...

Thanks for this post--it made me laugh as I headed off to a boring meeting at work. I needed that!

Just ME the MOM said...

Hee - panini's and mammograms - never really thought they went together until now - ha!!! I received the same prescriptions, I don't mind the mammo, but I'm REALLY not looking forward to the colonoscopy. WHY - I don't know . . . . no one has ever said they were miserable or uncomfortable or that hey had even the slightest bad experience. Hmmmm . . . . just wondering what lunch could be after THAT experience!!