Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Big Squeeze


I had my annual mammogram this week. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever done, but I would have preferred a root canal or maybe car trouble instead. In all fairness, the hospital does try to make everything as comfortable as possible, and they have a lovely waiting room with a soothing fountain and current magazines. They also issue you a luxurious robe to wear instead of the conventional hospital gown. But, the comfortable part ends there. After a few probing questions, the real fun starts when the technician positions the machine, hits the "squeeze 'til you cry" button, then ratchets it up one more notch. And then she says, "Now, hold right there." Ummm, at that moment, I'm fairly certain that I had no other choice--I have on no top, my clothes are in a room with a soothing fountain, and I'm being held hostage by the jaws of life. I did have to laugh though when she told me to relax; I told her that I thought she was really in more of a position for relaxing, and that I was taking care of the grimacing. All was over in about 10 minutes and then I was on my way.

Honestly, it's not that terrible. I have an aunt who is a breast cancer survivor, and have several friends who have been diagnosed recently. I know that early detection is the key. So I suppose it's a necessary part of life, and my husband says that it sounds way better than what they do at his annual exam, where he says that they do much more than ask probing questions.

8 comments:

The Feathered Nest said...

I never had a moment of discomfort until last year when it hurt! But at least it doesn't last long and at least it's not an invasive procedure!

Manuela

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Yep, had my mammogram last week. I don't find it too bad and am thankful for the procedure.bThanks for visiting my blog and your kind remarks.

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Cathy, thank you for posting about this issue:) Jenn and Jacqui

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Good Morning, Cathy
Thank you for bringing up this subject - always a rush during BC month; big hugs to you, dear one.
Blondie

Natasha Burns said...

OUCH!!!! I've not yet had one, I better find out what age I should start.... doesn't sound like fun though.... bit like the ole dreaded pap smear, eek! Your poor hubby i can just imagine too....

tangled stitch said...

Thank you for reminding me to make an appointment. I hope many people read your blog and remember to make their own appointments, it's very important!

Sylvia Anderson said...

I'm a year away from having my first one....not really looking forward to it, but It's one of the neccesities of life I suppose. Glad to hear that yours wasn't too awful! :)

Jen and Jane said...

I am wondering if the pain is relative to size. I am small-breasted. It just doesn't hurt nor is it too uncomfortable. At one point, i worried that I might be losing sensitivity there. But i know that's not the case because I have a new BF and my sensitivity is just fine!!
Thanks for sharing your perspective. I like your blog.
xo jane