Thursday, October 30, 2008

So, I gots ta see a surgeon!

November 10th I get the pleasure of sitting down with a surgeon to discuss my options regarding the micro calcification that is evident on my mammogram as mentioned here.

Can we say 'UGH' ?

I had that mammogram over a month ago. I've already done the 'freak-the-hell-out-feel-scared-what-if-it's-something-horrible?' routine.

I've emailed with The Laundress, had emails from other great women who know about these things either from first hand experience, or from working in the medical field - and I had calmed down nicely thankyouverymuch!

My head was firmly planted back in the sand, pretending that everything was just fine and we'd not talk of it again until April when the radiologist wanted to have another look and see.

Hmm.

It turns out that I have a very proactive, concerned about me (and maybe a bit concerned about herself) OBGYN whose nurse called me today and discussed my 'options' - ending up with their solid recommendation that I go ahead and see a surgeon to discuss a biopsy, or complete removal of the 'micro calcification'.

I had actually had thoughts along these lines back in September - my gut reaction was 'what do you mean calcifications? Get them the hell out of there!' - but passed this off as my overly active (read negative) imagination and complete over reaction on my part.

Once again we're back to the rational part of my mind telling me to 'calm down', and the emotional part saying 'how the heck do you expect me to calm down?'

I'll endeavour to remember my pact with JJ - and stay positive.

I'll probably see if they'll take whatever it is that's concerning them out - and get rid of it completely, hopefully never to be heard of again.

Ladies, if you've had experience of this - or had any biopsy type stuff done - spill it - please and thank you!

5 comments:

Mrs. Schmitty said...

Annie, I'm sorry I haven't written sooner...I've been very crazy lately and have about 4 million posts I'm trying to catch up on.

I hope everything goes well, I will be thinking of you! HUGS!

Kimberly said...

I have zero experience, hun, but I'd want it out of there, I think. Bleh...sorry you have this stress right now!

lady macleod said...

I have no experience but you are in my prayers - and STAY POSITIVE!!!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

My stepmother had just this over the summer. She waited to have the biopsy till after our annual visit, which contributed to a very brittle visit. She had been told there was a 20 percent chance of it being cancerous. The biopsy was clear and showed no cancer. The other night I attended a fund-raising event in which a thermal-imaging machine was demonstrated. It apparently shows if you have a mass or tumour without exposing you to the radiation of mammograms. Something to think about.

Heather J. said...

Annie, how did it go?
How are you?