Testing, testing

I went and had my mammogram and a bone density test done today. This is the first such test since having completed all of my treatments and I was a bit anxious.

That may be understating things. I have been having trouble sleeping for the last couple of nights. Now as this is a fairly regular thing anyway, I didn't really pay it much attention. I knew I would be a bit tense and just accepted that I would be short of sleep.

I woke up this morning at 7.00, for me this is early! Especially as I was still awake at 3.30! I thought, well, my appointment is not until 15.00, so lets see if I can sleep some more. I woke up at 10.00, I thought about getting up, but before I could turn thought into action, I fell asleep again.

I had a phone call at about 12.30 - I even answered it. Then I just lay there thinking how much I didn't want to get up! That would mean getting showered and dressed and catching the bus and getting my boobs squashed!

I didn't want to do any of those things. I wanted to live in blissful ignorance for a few more hours. It is a very pleasant place, I have it all decorated in a 1920's Art Deco theme, with handsome debonair men to cater to my every whim. Chocolate doesn't have any calories and Champagne flows freely.

Oh well, back to reality. I did finally haul my butt out of bed and shower etc. I transferred to the bus the route generator on my computer told me to, then freaked for a few minutes when it when in the opposite direction than the one I knew I had to go in. I sat and thought about bus numbers and calmed down when I realised I was on the correct bus, but for a minute there I thought I was going to wind up far away from where I needed to be.

So, I get off the bus and am walking along the front of the strip mall that the clinic is in, killing a minute or two, when I see a woman with a bag with all sorts of paper work in it. It was only then that I realised I had left my paperwork at home! I went into the clinic and explained what I had done and they just asked me to call the Dr.'s office and have them fax it over. Well, if you have read any of my other posts, you may remember that I have pointed out before that my Dr.'s office staff are not the brightest bulbs in the box. I had to explain twice what I wanted and then she had me hold to see if they could do that! Well she finally said that she could, so I went back in and filled out the forms that they gave me.

I was measured & weighed again. I haven't lost nor have I gained weight since October at the Dr.'s office, but I am now almost an inch shorter! 5"6" and a bit! I have no idea what is going on there, but I am sure we couldn't have been that far off at home when I measured out at 5'8 3/4" at 16 or so years old. Maybe it has something to do with being measured by someone shorter than I am?

So, I had the bone scan first, I won't know anything about that until the Dr. calls me, then I went in and had the mammogram. They took four slides of each breast and sent me out to wait. The first two on each side are regular slides and the next two are magnified, I don't remember them magnifying the last time I was there, but procedures change. They called me back in to take more shots of my left breast (yes, the one that didn't have cancer) because they could see little specks and wanted a better look at them. The nurse said they were calcium deposits and they were on the last films, but they want a better look. I was sent out to wait again.

The nurse came and took me back to where I could get dressed and told me that they want to do an ultra-sound and core biopsy - just to make sure of what these are - and she would set up an appointment for me while I got dressed.

So, I really have nothing to report, no good news or bad news right now. I sure took a long time getting there though didn't I? I have the appointment on Monday to find out what these are, until then, I just have to wait. Hey, I might wind up with my boobs the same size again after all!

Good evening all.


the Bag Lady said...

Gotta be calcium...the Bag Lady has calcium deposits spread throughout her body...hand, feet, etc.
Thanks for sharing this, Reb.

Leah J.Utas said...

Of course it's calcium.
At the rate you're reverse growing we'll be the same height soon. There, that oughta make you stop!

Reb said...

Oh, I'm sure it is calcium too! After all, that is what froze up my shoulders. Sis, you had better make sure you keep yours mobile at all costs.

I think the reverse growing has me more concerned! I have to lose weight so I can stand up to my full height I guess!

Terrie Farley Moran said...


My hope and prayers are with you. But we all know it's calcium because we all have a ton of it.


Reb said...

Thanks Terrie, I am sure it is.

Jo said...

Reb, I just read your Cancer journey posts. Your courage and humor have really touched me--I'm so glad you're all right, and at the place where you can look back, share your story...inspire & help people--bravo! You are more than a survivor, I would say you are a warrior.