Warning, warning, extra long post and lots of photos!!!
Well, my appointment for my Mammogram/Ultrasound was yesterday. My daughter Christa had originally intended to go with me, but at the last minute she couldn't make it. So my DH stepped in for her and went with me. As it turned out, I am glad that she didn't go, and I wish that I had just went by myself!! I have been to this location many times for multiple reasons, such as CT Scans, MRI's (Brain, Upper (Neck), Mid, Lower Spine), Standard X-Rays, etc. So I wasn't afraid to go by myself. They just felt that I needed some support with me.
I had told Walt in the past, that men are not allowed in the back area where the women wait in the staging area for the Mammograms, Ultrasounds, Dexa Scans, etc. And I forgot to tell him he should bring something to read to pass the time! Usually, I take something to read myself, and I barely have time to read more that a few pages and I am called back and then released to go!! So I didn't bring myself anything to read this trip either! Bad decision....as they had nothing interesting to read back there! They did have one Oprah magazine, but it was dated....September 2008!!! Talk about old. LOL.
Anyhoo, I was taken back to the women's private waiting area, and instructed to disrobe from the waist up, put on the nice thin cover up, so that it opened to the front, yada, yada, yada. After about 10 minutes, I was called back into a special Imaging room, where they had one of the special Diagnostic Digital Mammogram Machines setup, using CAD (Computer Aided Detection). This is the first time I have had a Diagnostic Mammogram, and to tell you the truth, either I am just getting really used to these (I've had a Mammogram almost yearly since age 35, with my first one at age 18!), or this machine didn't hurt me as much!
But anyway, I was called back pretty quick, so I figured that they would give me the go ahead to leave within a few minutes as per prior years after making sure the scans were clear. Uhm.....yea, not! I was back there sitting in my skimpy thin robe for so long that I was just about to ask someone if they had forgotten me (as other women were going back, getting their Mammograms, Ultrasounds, etc AND LEAVING)!!! Finally, the Lab Tech that took my Mammograms came back out and requested that I return for further Mammogram Images. So she took another 5 images of the right Breast, making it about 10-11 images total with all but 2 of them of the right Breast!
Then I was asked to sit again in their sitting area, to see if the Radiologist was happy with the views she got. Again, I was there for a longgg time! In fact, by then, I had been back there for about 2 HOURS!! Walt finally went to the receptionist and asked if she could find out if everything was ok. He was afraid that maybe I had passed out or something. I was ok, just WAITING! Finally, another female Lab Tech came out, and called me back to the Ultrasound area where they proceeded to do my Ultrasound. So finally, 2.5 hours later, I was released to go home. It was now 3:15, my appointment was 12:45 and I had not had a bite to eat all day!!
Now I have to wait about a week until my Doctor gets the results. So I am trying not to think about the worst case scenario and concentrate on the positive that in past years, it has always come back ok. But this year felt really different. They were so much more thorough that they either ruled out Cancer or found it! Here's crossing my fingers and toes that it is the latter.
So although Walt was not a happy camper, since he didn't have anything to read while there, was alone the entire time, and missed out on working as well. He felt really bad about my experience and the implications of what the day could mean, and that I hadn't eaten yet, so he kept totally calm and took me to dinner at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Restaurant. We shared their 3 Course BBQ Feast For 2 and it was gooood! By the time we got our food, Walt was in much better spirits and so was I!!
Tonight we went for our nightly walk together as usual. But this time I suggested that since we hadn't eaten yet, we walk down to the closest Subway Sandwich Shop and split a Footlong Sandwich. Walt thought it was a great idea, so we took off walking there. The walk there was super easy as it was down hill all the way. The return walk was of course, uphill all the way. But, it turned out to not be too bad tonight! The round trip was about 1.8 miles, but because we sat down and ate there, I forgot to clock the time of actual walking.
The funny thing is, we made a point of not walking in front of our favorite local Pizza place, which is in the same strip mall, as they know us, and would have been crushed to see us walk by and not go in to eat there! So we walked a route that enabled us to not walk in front of the Pizza place both directions. We thought we were in the clear. Then......an SUV pulled up along side us, and opened their window (we were thinking who the hell is this?). Sure enough, it was the Mother of the owner of the Pizza place, out running a Pizza delivery!! She asked why we didn't stop in and eat!! Oh well. We will have to go in later in the week and visit so they don't feel like we were avoiding them.
So, now that I have made one of the world's longest posts, I will go for now. But first, I want to say, YEA!!! NHRA Drag Racing started again this weekend!!! I will also be posting some more of the photos taken at my FIL's Memorial.
I have since found out that it was Walt, not my MIL that included this photo! But there wasn't very many photos of my FIL to show!
So, time to go, sorry this post went so long! Hope everyone is having a great weekend and a fantastic Valentine's Day tomorrow!!!!
Aloha My Friends :)