Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm all "smashed" up... but for a good reason.

Today I did something I have NEVER done before. According to who you talk to, I'm long overdue too.

I went and had the dreaded mammogram.

Can I just say "OUCH!"

All yesterday, last night and this morning I had been worried about it. My hubby thought I was funny. "Mich, you have had two babies and been to the doctor over and over again for you know what, how hard can this be?"

Of course he is right. However there is just something about the unknown that scares me to death sometimes. Count it up to the "worry wort" gene that I inherited from both my dear grandmas and I can worry a situation to death. Not to mention that when people hear what you are about to do, they all have a "horror" story to share. Then when I walk into radiology and see a cute, young man sitting there behind the desk in scrubs, I'm thinking; "Lord, what a cruel joke..."

But actually, I was saved by a mother of one of Jordan's friend. So in the end it turned out just fine, 'cause we talked about one of the things I can jabber all day long about... my kids. Mammogram forgotten... well truthfully there is no way you can forget about the discomfort of having your breasts squeezed beyond reason. But her cheerful conversation did help me relax and forget my embarrassment about baring all for the camera, while grimacing.

In the end, I am glad I went. However, it is just one more sign that I am getting older, I guess.

So friends, have you had your mammogram this year? If you haven't ever had one before, don't worry, I don't have a "horror" story to share. I will not lie, I was smashed and squeezed like no body's business, but in the end, it really wasn't that bad. In fact I am pretty proud of myself. My family totally gets this statement for they know how much I dread and fear anything medical...

I was a "big" girl today, Mama. My Grandmas would be so proud. :)

(Of course I am not even going to start worrying about the results... Nope, not even going there.)

So what did you do on your Wednesday? Hope you are having a beautiful day!


He & Me + 3 said...

I have had two because of my previous cancer...but my insurance won't cover it anymore until I am 40 so for the next two years I will have to wait. But the last one came back the best it can so I was happy with that.
It is not a fun process though.

Angel said...

I had my first one about four years ago and I was scared to death too. I had heard so many awful stories and had so many family members with breast cancer. Needless to say, my anxiety working up to it was way worse than the procedure itself. I was raised by a worry-wort. Nanny was wonderful, but she worried herself to death. I was a little anxious after the first one waiting on the results but now it's a breeze. So glad you were a big girl today, I know how you feel. Actually it is almost time for mine again. Love and Blessings

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Well I read this and then saw the title of the post beneath it, "i chopped it off"... hmmmm... related? Hope not.

Mammograms don't bother me unless they have to do it again and again. Then I know that something is wrong... either that or there is too much fat in there to get a good look. Oh, the bother of it all, and yes, mine is scheduled (I think...).


Valerie said...

Good for you.

I have yet to have this done...and I'm now 40. Been putting it off.

I think though...since I'm currently pregnant...I have to wait a bit longer! ;)

New Every Morning said...

Way to take care of "the girls."
Now they're like Charmin... squeezibly soft.

Amber said...

They aren't terrible...

I'm due for another one, but after all the poking and mess from that biopsy, I'll gladly take the Smashogram.

Love you muchly.
Glad you went!!

Andrea said...

I have been a frequent flyer for sometime....after 3 lumps removed. For a couple of years..I had to go every 3 months.
Glad you got it done....welcome to the "big girls" club!
Hugs and prayers,

Kristin said...

Boo to getting older! :( I am the same way though about worrying to death about the unknown, especially if doctors are involved. I can go to a dr appt where they don't even have to do anything and I am scared to death. I just hate doctors! I'm glad yours is done though!

Angela said...

Way to go girl! No I haven't had one yet, and I'm ummmmm..a wee bit older, a smidgen? It's nice to read this post and see someone stating that it's ok.....Like you, hearing all the negative about it, has had me fearful of going. I will probably be sent in the next few years by my Dr.

whimzie said...

I went a couple of weeks ago for the first time. I was surprised at how "not a big deal" it really was compared to all the yucky stories I'd heard!

Aren't you glad we can mark it off our list now?

Kellie said...

I had one at 18 but need to get one done for the "old" reason. I am thinking this year will be the beginning of that. My doctor has wanted a baseline for a couple of years. Glad to hear yours went well. :)

Bridget said...

Glad you got it done and it went well!!

Gretchen said...

Just received the notice that I'm due again for my mammocram in the mail, yesterday. Small price to pay for peace of mind/early detection. And actually, the nurses who helped me breast feed were far more embarrassing to me than the mammocram lady. I think I was just shocked that someone would actually, you know...touch teach me how to breast feed. ;)

Anonymous said...

I hate them; however, they are much less smashing that they were a decade ago! Ugh! Way to be brave and get it over with!