As promised, I thought I would blog a bit about my first experienced with a mammogram. With all the hype and horror stories about machines going crazy, squishing boobs unrecognizable, and even the odd fainting spell, I was a bit .......apprehensive. Never mind the conflicting research I have read suggesting those 40 - 50 should stick with self examinations and not risk the radiation. However, being a health promoter myself and touting the benefits of prevention, I took the opportunity to join my admin assistant and, together, we marched in to the hospital after work yesterday to get 'er done.
After my AA went in (and pulling a mean trick on me pretending she was crying and in severe pain after her session.....ya....nice one) I walked into a small room with an extremely amazing technician there to explain everything. Seriously? It was absolutely nothing. It was relaxing, quick, and absolutely pain (and discomfort) free. The machine and process is now digital and things take but a mere couple of seconds to do. If your technician knows what she is doing, you won't have any discomfort at all. The machine was full of rounded corners (really nice when you have to mold your boobie around it) and the pressure was nothing to be concerned about. Overall, it was a great experience and one I look forward to again next year.
So if you are over 40 and you have yet to make your first appointment, I do recommend it and am here to say...it's nothing to stress over. You will feel more in control of your health if you get 'er done!
For my next act of scary-ass prevention, I will attempt a LEEP procedure in August. This one will be a little more freaky and involves a needle and electrical-type wire thingy....where they put it is up to you to figure out.
That's all I got today.