First of all, I want to apologize if my photo offended you. But that is how I feel right now. Yesterday I went to my annual OBGYN appointment. I usually see the actual Doctor, but instead I made the appointment with her NP. Let me tell you, I forgot how thorough she is. The Doctor usually just comes in & says how are you doing, then gets down to business & then its, glad to have seen you, you are doing great, see you next year & off she goes. It would have taken her 5 minutes, 10 minutes tops!!
The NP took ONE FULL HOUR with me yesterday!!! The main thing that she is concerned about is a Lump in my right Breast. I have what they call Lumpy Breasts anyway, so it is hard to decide if the Lump is just a normal Lump or not. Apparently, the way she figures it, is that if she can find a corresponding Lump in the other Breast, then it is probably nothing to worry about. But she couldn't find one on the left Breast to correspond to it , so she is concerned. VERY concerned!
The reason she is concerned is because I have had a history of Lumps almost my whole adult life! I had to have a Lump removed for Biopsy when I was 19 yrs old. AND, I have a family history of various Cancers, including Breast Cancer. So I am getting a Diagnostic Breast Mammogram with a possible Ultrasound. But I can't get it done until at least the 1st week in February. She also wants me to go to a Surgeon for a second opinion, just in case. She knows that not all Cancers are found by Mammogram or Ultrasound.
Unfortunately, we are a bit tight right now, & since it is a new year, we would have to pay the whole bill for the Surgeon as I have a $500 deductible! So instead of going to the Surgeon, just to go. We are going to wait to see if the Mammogram/Ultrasound shows anything. If it does, then of course I would go to the Surgeon. If not, then we will have to decide what to do at that time. BUT, I am not going to worry needlessly. Since in the past, the testing usually shows everything is ok & normal. But...there is always that nagging, what if. I will keep you posted.
Well, my DH is at my office door screaming (in his head) that I need to get dressed!! He wants to go eat!!! Oh, I almost forgot, we took our walk last night, & did a 2 mile walk with no problem!!
Again, I almost forgot, please visit Shel's blog, "Shel's Journey Forward", I think that she could use some support in her long journey for Surgery!! So, until next time......
Aloha My Friends :)