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Waiting Room
Random thoughts on my third mammogram:

This place is exclusively for breast imaging. It's kind of nice having "our own place" to go for this. Folks are pretty nice here.

These gowns are pretty clever in their simplicity, although I have to say that none of us in this waiting room look very sexy.

They've got a checklist where you can mark off symptoms, with two columns - one per breast. Except... The left column is for the *right* breast.

There were several men in the outer waiting room, all reading newspapers. I'm assuming most, if not all, were there to wait for a woman, whick I think is pretty cool.

Martha Stewart is on the television, and she is showing off a fancy nativity scene that she made of pottery while she was in jail. She said each inmate was only allowed to make one per month, but she managed to convince them to allow her to do more than that.

I'm currently in the inner waiting room, waiting. The physical discomfort is over. It's cool that they'll give me the results now, without making me leave not knowing.

I'm pretending I'm not nervous. Heh. But I won't post this until I leave, so nobody reading this will have the same suspense as I have.

This inner waiting room is filled with women in regular pants with frumpy gowns on top. We tend to catch each others' eyes then look away, exchanging tight half-smiles. Nobody speaks, everybody sits in their private waiting world.

One woman gets called back in; they want to take an additional image. When she returns I glance up and see the fright in her face. I drop my eyes. I don't want to intrude on her discomfort.

My verdict is in: everything looks okay. I am healthy and free to go. I put my top back on and go to work.
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aiela From: aiela Date: December 18th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for more good news. And good for you for keeping up with this, even though it's scary.
netmouse From: netmouse Date: December 18th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hug* glad it's a positive result and glad the people are nice in a place and time that's pretty tense.
From: tlatoani Date: December 18th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
They've got a checklist where you can mark off symptoms, with two columns - one per breast. Except... The left column is for the *right* breast.

That's awful user interface design. I wonder if they were assuming it would be filled out by a nurse or PA as they talk to you?

[/geek off]
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: December 18th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, it may be good design.

I'm thinking it's so when someone is standing in front of the patient and reading the list, the side of page matches the side of the patient.
From: tlatoani Date: December 18th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what I meant by assuming it was going to be filled out by a nurse or PA.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 18th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good news indeed.

Hopefully it will always be so.
ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: December 18th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a fascinating post, you know. Soemewhere many of us haven't been taken to before. With a happy ending, to boot.

Merry Christmas!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 29th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you found it so. You often show me places I haven't been as well.... That's one of the neat thing about reading good journals, is getting to see glimpses of lives outside of our own.

Merry belated Christmas and happy early new year!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: December 18th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear your boobs look okay :)

The right breast in the left column seems weird, though I wonder if the form was intended to be filled out by a nurse or doctor. If you were looking at someone then their right side would be on your left side. Even so- that is an odd design.
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: December 18th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Happy breast news!

I remember that the last time I had a mammogram they made a point of saying sometimes they just don't get a good picture and have to do it over so people shouldn't worry. Of course, people worry anyway, but I liked it that they made a point of that BEFORE even taking the first mammogram.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 29th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
they didn't tell me that. Or, equally possible, they told me and my brain ignored it completely as in, "they don't mean ME."

This led to some controlled panicing between my first and second mams, which were only a few days apart. This was my 6-month followup, so I was much calmer about the whohle thing.
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From: bloggingchick Date: December 19th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for the good news. I go for my mammogram tomorrow.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 29th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope it went well!
From: numignost Date: December 19th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You're the first person I've ever heard describe a mamogram and not whine about the discomfort. You're a better man than me!

renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 29th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm a pretty tough gal. Although I think I did mention "physical discomfort" as a side note somewhere in the post, so I don't totally win the contest.

Actually (and now see you've asked for it), they had to take 6 or 7 scans of the same breast. So it wasn't fun, but there was only one that had me mentally wimpering in my head "Ow it hurts, it hurts, ow, please stop" the whole time. (while standing still and doing what they told me, of course.) The rest were just uncomfortable squishing, no big deal.
shadowriderhope From: shadowriderhope Date: December 19th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Hooray! :) I'm glad to hear everything looks good.
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