I did a blog last night on hurdles to be overcome at hospital, as I was thinking about my visit today to the breast screening clinic. I was there this morning and I can honestly say, it was pure and utter torture!
I had 2 nurses, the more senior one had seen me the last time, so was all ready to deal with me and my problems. She had the chair ready, as we had found it was impossible to “do” me while standing last time.
So, there I am sitting in the chair being ordered to sit up as straight as I can - my spine is almost totally fused and bent - so me and straight do not go together!! My neck has little movement too, so imagine trying to sit up straight as possible, and twist round from the waist and hold head up and twisted back out the way of the machine…………... After much pulling and pushing they get you as near to the position as they can then the machine comes down and you feel as though your breast is going to explode!! (I would remind you that my back is made od lots of metal work which gets in the way of twisting round, and my middle section is still very tender of the surgery last year). And that is just stage !, they then have to do the other side, then full frontal mode, which was just the same but at a different angle on both sides. Back, neck and hips are clicking and having spasms, shoulders aching, sore head with it all and then even the bloody boobs are sore and tender!!!!
On the positive side, the nurse did say that I should think very very carefully when I get the next invite, if I want to go through this again, she admitted she had found it stressful too knowing how much she was hurting me. The alternative would be to attend GP’s practise nurse for exam when needed and if they wanted, they could organise for an ultrasound exam to be done instead of the one I had.
After all that, I waited for the pictures to come back, and although the quality was good, there wasn’t 100% of my breasts in the pictures.
So more painkillers to see me through the next day or two, might even have a wee scotch now, and just as well I stopped smoking or I might have gotten through quite a few!!