We’ll be talking about breasts. And you wouldn’t be interested in that.
Squeezing breasts, to be more precise. I had my first mammogram today. And the part I dreaded most was the handling of my breast by a strange woman. And guess what? That was the worst part.
For those that have never had one, here’s the rundown:
- Check in for procedure. I did not agree to pay $25 to have the Computer Assisted Diagnosis as I’d like to have a doctor look at the results, not a computer. And, I’m cheap.
- See that every table in the waiting room has a piece of paper taped to it that says “please leave magazines here”. I do not see one magazine in the entire place. Ever.
- Get taken back to a corridor that says “women only” on the door. Interesting.
- Sit in another waiting room.
- See a woman in a full length pink gown in the waiting room. Uh oh, I haven’t shaved my legs.
- Have my name called and am told to change into a gown. The “gown” is more like a jacket and would be snug on Calista Flockhart. I’m serious. I don’t know many people that this jacket would fit. I go back into the corridor and ask if they have any in a larger size. They look at me like I am an alien and then say no. I ask if I can just wear my shirt into the room.
- Get into the room and the lady is just doing paperwork, etc. Then basically tells me to take off my top. Yay. I get to undress in front of her and stand there naked from the waist up. I’m so happy.
- She tells me that she has to put stickers on my nipples. What? No one has mentioned this to me. I have since learned that this is old technology, and digital mammography doesn’t require this. Now I’m wondering about that $25.
- I ask the girl her name. I feel like I should know this much, since she’s essentially getting to second base with me.
- Lots of breast manipulation at this point. Not enjoyable. Not the worst thing I’ve been through though.
- I get to get dressed in front of her. Another pleasant experience.
- She has me sit in the waiting room so she can make sure the films are clear. I’m thinking they’re going to have to bribe me to disrobe again, if they’re not.
- Encounter a 65 year old woman in the waiting room, the one in the full length pink gown. She’s there for a bone scan. She’s only ever had one mammogram and will never have another. Was too painful. She was glad her cousin/best friend got one every year, but she never would. She felt that it was so painful that it would cause a problem, rather than diagnose one.
- Get the all clear from my technician, which saves me from an exasperated conversation with the 65 year old.
Final thoughts? If you’re due for one, schedule it, get it done. The boob squeezing isn’t pleasant, but it’s not worth avoiding.
And here’s the 5k update: I have blisters! My soles were killing me, so I got some insoles today. They didn’t help much, and I think that the shoes are too big, so I got a blister. Back to the Running Store tomorrow. Anyone have any sock recommendations?
Last week I made invitations for my sister’s annual barbecue (invitation post to come later). Which I do every year. It’s always fun to make them, but since I’m a bit OCD, the perfectionist in me goes a little cuckoo.
Then I found Fredrik. Would you like to meet him?
Fredrik comes from IKEA and is only $7.99. It’s a plastic drafting desk. I used him (and yes, I DO personify my crafting tools) when I was coloring the stamped image. It was wonderful. Mostly because I didn’t get nearly as sore between my shoulders as I normally do while coloring. Was a great angle to use, no more hunching over my desk.
Might just be my favorite crafting tool.
He’s not available for purchase online, but, if you’d really like one, and don’t have an IKEA nearby, I’m willing to go get him and ship him to you. Yes, he’s THAT wonderful. I’d have to find a box for him, but if someone’s interested, I’ll figure that all out and report back here.
How do you save webpages that you want to read, but can’t read right now? Not a website that you bookmark, but a particular article or idea. Well I email them to myself. Then I have an unmanageable number of “unread” emails in my inbox, which drives me crazy. This is the “system” I’ve used for years.
Well, I ran across a super cool website today that allows you to save web pages for reading later. It’s called Instapaper and it’s so easy to use. You sign up, which means a user name or email. That’s it! Tada, you’re registered. Then drag an icon to your bookmarks bar on your web browser.
When you come across an article that you want to read, but can’t read right now, you click on the icon in your toolbar and it saves it to your Instapaper account for you. No more emailing myself. No more saving an article to a bookmark and never remembering to go back to read it at a later date.
This site rocks! I’m so excited.
This also works with an iPhone or iPod touch and the Kindle. You’ll pay a download charge for the Kindle. And you can even add an RSS feed of your unread articles to your reader.
Well, they can in two months. I am still using the towels that my Mom got me to take to college. They’re more like beach towels. And it’s been almost 21 years.
I still have three out of the four towels I brought to college with me. The other one my Dad took ownership of and that’s been long gone.
Guess I’ve always been green.
Just a little oddity I thought I’d share with my blog readers.
One of my favorite crafty blogs, The Scrap Review, is hosting a challenge today, involving the use of junk mail. Well, I’m happy to say that I can not participate.
We don’t get any junk mail. We signed up a few years ago for something called Green Dimes. It is now called MailStopper.
You pay a small fee and then you tell them what catalogs you want to STOP receiving. They handle the rest for you. One of the pleasant side effects of this is that you spend less money. And covet less catalog items. You don’t know what’s out there, so there’s no need to add it to your “must have” list.
Some other things that we do on a regular basis:
- Bring reusable shopping bags with us to the store. This includes grocery store, Target, etc. And, if we forget the bags, we just bring our stuff out in the shopping cart and “bag” the items in the car.
- Refillable water bottles. Fill them with filtered water and put them in the fridge. Bottled water! No bottles. :O)
- Save boxes and large envelopes from packages received in the mail. Reuse them for anything we ship out.
Happy Earth Day everyone. Take care of her, she’s the only one we have.
Why? Because traffic will be directed here from one of the best blogs out there, Bits&Pieces. You see, Cathy had a giveaway. For a scrapbook retreat weekend in Salt Lake City. All you had to do was leave a comment. One of the first comments was from a woman named Lori, who said she needed a getaway because her house burned down. Eek!
Most of the following comments all gave a reason and then said “But, if I win, please give it to Lori” or “how do we send stuff to Lori?”
Ends up that that is exactly what happened. The random winner said “give it to Lori” and that is what happened.
Then I sent a little email to Cathy offering a bonus for Lori, and now Cathy is mailing me a book! Oh my gosh, that’s almost the most thrilling part of this whole thing. You know me and my books.
Anyway, welcome new readers. Sorry that I don’t have any recent paper crafting posts for you. Here’s an oldie, but goodie. Enjoy.
(I’m a much better air brusher these days.)