Biennially or Bust!

29 Mar


Has it really  been two years already? I asked myself after receiving a follow-up letter to the previous week’s phone message.

I checked my health records and, indeed, my last mammogram was March 5, 2015. As much as I didn’t want to, I made my appointment.

When I checked in at the clinic, a laminated pink card was attached to my HMO card and I was sent back to the x-ray/mammography area. After handing in my card, I took a seat, and pulled out the book I’d brought to pass the time. The clinic was rather empty this Tuesday morning and I didn’t have to wait long before being called back.

I was shown to the change are and handed a gown that I was reminded to tie in the front. “Just open the curtain when you’re ready,” the pleasant mammographer told me. I assumed I’d be out in an instant, but I had trouble with the ties. I could see here the top tied, but not the waist. Weird. I looked in the mirror and couldn’t see another tie. Maybe I am only supposed to tie the top, I thought.

Just then the mammographer asked if I was ready. I pulled aside the curtain and said I;d had a little trouble with the ties. She laughed and said that happened a lot. Once we were in the room, she Untied the gown, showing me that I’d tied the top left to the bottom right. The top right tie had been way up by my neck.

And then the fun began.

I pretended it wasn’t happening. She kept up a stream of conversation. And, voilà, it was over.

As I tied the gown the right way, she told me I’d hear from the doctor within two days of the results.

As I checked out of x-ray, they offered me a reminder sticker for the back of my insurance card. Although I was hoping to put it all out of my mind, I said yes. The two years will pass before I know it.


8 Responses to “Biennially or Bust!”

  1. terierrol March 29, 2017 at 7:57 am #

    Those visits are always fun! Thank goodness the attendants are so nice. Hope all goes well.

  2. arjeha March 29, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    Not a fun experience, as Kathy tells me, but oh so necessary. Hoping for good results for you.

  3. Brian Rozinsky March 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    “The pleasant mammographer” — possible title of self-help book or quirky retail shop?

    I wish you a clean report and plenty of high living between now and two years from now.

  4. beckymusician March 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    Best wishes for a good result! Yes, they aren’t fun, but it does put your mind at ease.

  5. JudyK March 29, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    Ah yes, been there. The good thing is that the people are always so nice. I actually don’t mind getting a mammogram too much….It’s easier than sitting in the dentist’s chair!

  6. midwesternheartindixie March 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

    I haven’t had to have one yet, but older friends have described it to me and it doesn’t sound fun at all! Glad it was quick for you!

  7. franmccrackin March 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    They are nice, aren’t they? Probably because they know they are going to make you so uncomfortable. And not just the gown 🙂

  8. Sonia March 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

    oh, yes, the weird placement of ties on those gowns. Mine fortunately only had the waist ones. I hope your report is a good one.

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