I had a mammogram last week and got called back for a follow-up. Hmm. I figured that maybe the tech had a problem since my pacemaker is right above my breast. I wasn’t concerned. Routine, right?
I have to admit this is my first mammogram in twenty years. Okay, I can hear you yelling, but I have had other health issues and that got pushed to the end of a very long line. This year I decided I really needed a base-line. You know, just in case.
This morning the technician was really nice. I asked exactly why the follow-up.
“Don’t worry,” she said. “The radiologist found a lump and several calcium deposits that should be checked.” She patted my arm and a shiver ran up my spine.
Okay. A lump? I didn’t feel a lump! Calcium is good for your bones, isn’t it? What’s with that? I bit down on my emotions. It is not a panic time yet. Be calm.
The ex-ray machine is a fancy piece of equipment. The flat area adjusts to any height and the technician was efficient and careful. She took pictures of my left breast with the wide lens, than changed to a lens the size of my fist. This took focused pictures of a specific area.
The lens was tightened down and it pinched. Not an ouch, but a yow.
So twelve ex-rays later, I waited for the verdict. The radiologist recommends the lump have a sonogram. I know what that is: pregnant women have their babies’ pictures taken with a sonogram.
The nice part is it’s across the hall and will be done immediately. I’m not seating thank goodness since I couldn’t use deodorant today.
Another technician escorts me to a sheeted table and I recognize the machine from a few tests I’ve had in the past. No big deal. Glop on the lubricant and squiggle the hand-held sensor over the right area. So she squiggles this way and that and then excuses herself to ask the radiologist what she’s looking for.
Well. It can’t be very big if she can’t find it. Ooops, not the problem. I have fluid in my milk ducts sloshing around. The radiologist, a really pleasant woman with a nice handshake, takes over. They spend a few minutes examining my ducts and show me on the monitor the liquid moving. Weird.
They find the lump, measure at, and go for the calcium deposits.
The radiologist recommends a biopsy of the deposits since they’re in a cluster. The lump looks benign. Thank you, God.
So I go home. I’m irritable and cranky. Life is a funny journey. I’ve been blessed many times by God sending a serendipitous happening. This is one.
My biopsy is scheduled for next week.
By the way, my manuscript made my editor happy and I’m waiting for the contract. Another happy to smile about.
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8 thoughts on ““Don’t worry,” she said. My #Mammogram by Barbara Edwards”
Same thing happened to me when I was only 21. It turned out to be nothing, but I was scared. Sending prayers your way.
Thanks for the prayers, Elaine.
Okay, Barbara, I was one of those yelling as I read. I know the waiting sucks, but I am SO glad you finally went in for that check. Sending prayers and wishes for peaceful and patient thoughts this week.
Thanks for the prayers, Mac. I’m glad I did, too.
Like Melissa, I’ve been there, done that, too. It’s scary as hell when they want “more”–more x-rays, more ultrasounds. I’ll keep you in my thoughts next week.
I’m actually going to get a prescription from my doctor to help me relax wnen they do the biopsy. I’m not brave. thanks for your support.
I’ve been there…when I turned 30 I was having issues with my ducts. They found a lump and had the whole duct removed. It turned out to be something that could possibly turn into cancer so taking it out was good. But at 30 with a nice scar and now two different size breasts, not so much fun.
I go every year to get my boobs squished. My breasts are fibrous which makes it harder to see anything inside. I will send prayers your way and hope that you know you can always talk to me if you want. 🙂
Thanks, Melissa. I appreciate the prayer.