Boob Squeeze

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m happy to report that my boobs are in excellent condition, even if the rest of me is falling apart. My recent mammogram says so.

My male readers may wish to skip this post, unless they really like reading about boobs. (I can hear the clatter of all those computers, tablets and smart phones being shut down.)

Even at my advanced age, mammograms are recommended as a preventative measure every few years. I ignored my doctor the last time he gave me a script for one, but at this year’s annual physical, I agreed to present myself to my local hospital’s radiology department forthwith.  I figured I had turned my back on enough of my doctor’s recommendations, and I didn’t want to get a notation in my chart as a “non-compliant patient,” so off I went.

There is one huge advantage to being an obese older lady – mammograms are so much easier with larger breasts.  I remember going for my first mammogram as a young woman (prior to childbirth), and I remember how much it hurt when the technician was trying to flatten my then tiny boobs on the scanning tray (or whatever it’s called).

My local hospital is quite efficient.   I had, of course, made an appointment, and a receptionist called me a couple of days before to pre-register me.  On arrival to the hospital, I was able to skip the line at the front desk and go right to the radiology department.  I may have imagined it, but I swear I could feel daggers being thrown from the eyes of people who walked into the hospital after me and were forced to stand in the registration line.

Anyway, I turned over my insurance card and photo ID. I am so glad they ask for photo ID ‘cause you know there are so many people who might steal my identity for the sole purpose of absorbing x-rays.  Another lady in the radiology line was getting an abdominal CT scan, and she was also asked for photo ID.  I’m sure there were lots of shady people hanging around who were simply dying to take her place and drink that soap-flavored contrast.

But I digress.

From the radiology admission window, I was directed to the inner waiting room. While awaiting my test, I watched the other patients and the hospital personnel.  At one point a very handsome young man in scrubs approached the waiting room, and all I could think was, “Please, don’t let him be the one doing the mammograms today!”  How embarrassing would that be?  Thank heavens, he went on past.

After about 20 minutes, I was escorted to the mammography room by a very pleasant 40-ish woman. The room was all pink-and-white – even the machine itself was white with pink banding.  Fortunately, I happen to like pink, but I know quite a few women who might object to that color scheme.  It is, after all, just a wee bit sexist.

The test itself took all of 15 minutes and was not the least bit uncomfortable since now that I’m fat, there was plenty of breast material to work with. I admit it was a little weird having that material stretched to the side for the lateral shots, but it wasn’t painful.

Once the test was completed, the technician had me wait in the room while she took the x-rays for review by the in-house doctor, who pronounced everything was A-OK. (The technician did not relay that mine were the most beautiful boobs the doctor had ever seen, but I’m sure that must have been the doctor’s opinion.)

All done! While I have many medical related worries, at least the likelihood of breast cancer isn’t one of them.  That’s a very good worry to set aside.

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Image by Cordelia’s Mom

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41 Responses to Boob Squeeze

  1. Ha! Very cute. Love the picture, too.

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  2. Deb says:

    Well…that’s one less thing to worry about. Being a bearer of tiny breasts, I must say I’m not looking forward to doing this test anytime soon. 🙂

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    • I made it sound worse than it would be. A good technician knows just how to make you comfortable, no matter what size your breasts are. And don’t forget – the machines are much more sophisticated now than they were 35 years ago, before I got married and had kids.

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  3. Just keep getting those mammograms. Because I skipped them for a couple of years and had a very ugly surprise the next time. You’re never too young or too old. It’s an equal opportunity disease.

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  4. George says:

    Glad it all came out well. No pun intended..:)

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  5. Victo Dolore says:

    Woohoo! So glad you did it and that it was fine. 🙂

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  6. Jane says:

    There is something to be a large woman and having big boobs… But do they need to stand on the other side of the machine with their foot on it and pull???? Just kidding Great post.

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  7. Elyse says:

    Good girl. I have mine in a couple of weeks. here’s to good results!

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  8. Elyse says:

    Hey, any word on Paul?

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  9. I have yet to get my boobs squeezed. Hmmm, need to put this in my to do list. Ouch! ʕ ಡ ﹏ ಡ ʔ

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  10. My favorite topic!!! 🙂

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  11. AmyRose🌹 says:

    You continue to make me smile with your creative mind. Love that picture, CM! Just too cute! As for mammograms I must admit I have been lax. I just don’t agree with invading my breasts with very high intense x-rays. I won’t go on and on how I feel. I did however enjoy your post. Like you I have enough to contend with healthwise. I’m happy for you your beautiful breasts are happy. ❤

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  12. willowdot21 says:

    I am so pleased that you are okay!

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  13. ladyryl says:

    Glad you took Dr’s advice and got checked, super glad you came back A-ok!
    In another three years I join the provincial breast screening program, I have history in my mom’s family of breast cancer, so I need to take advantage of the regular squeezes to make sure I don’t get surprised with it.

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  14. The things we women must go through. Glad for the happy update.

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  15. Vicky V says:

    Loved reading about your experience 🙂
    Just had one a few weeks ago. Was much less uncomfortable than the last one which was 15 years ago.

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  16. Laura says:

    Yep, boob squeeze coming up next week. Told hubby that it’s uncomfortable, but the weirdest part is getting handled like a slab of beef. 😂

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  17. Archon's Den says:

    Finally noticed this title and….what was I saying? Oh yeah…. realized I’d failed to read this post. 😳

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