Posts Tagged ‘mammography’

Betty Ford- an American icon!

July 10, 2011

Wow! Betty Ford was  an amazing, honest woman!. She was direct, reasonable, a feminist…she was what I call…A REAL PERSON. She believed in being herself and while she had a lovely demeanor, she didn’t shy away from answering questions about any issue.  She publicly spoke on behalf of what she believed, always being a gentle, decent, reasonable woman – very matter of fact.  She was not what the anti-feminists refer to as STRIDENT, though she got her point across. The idea of her 18 year old daughter having sex seemed to her to be normal, like any other young woman. She spoke out in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.  She shared her beliefs  despite the fact that she and her husband, The President, did not always agree on the issues.   She favored abortion rights. She was candid and outspoken and always full of grace and poise. She wasn’t concerned about the possibility of her children using marijuana.  She learned that she had breast cancer shortly after arriving at the White House.  She courageously shared that news with the world, taking away much of the stigma and embarrassment that surrounded the “C” word and the squeamishness that so many felt about even discussing the breast (it was very different era).  Imagine the impact she had on women and their families…by encouraging an open dialogue by her own example! When her family had an intervention to help her to stop taking pain killers (to which she was addicted), again she did what she needed to, didn’t shirk her responsibility to herself and her family and our nation and eventually opened The Betty Ford Center, to help others to manage their addictions.  She helped to change the lives of thousands of people by creating the center.  What a legacy.  She saluted being open…I salute her…she gave us much!

This is MeddlingMom…emulate Betty Ford…she was quite a role model!

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Doctor Appointments, Name Tags & More…

March 24, 2011

Well, I’ll start out by mentiioning that one of the weird “issues” I have with my great medical care is that each time I go into a doctor’s office, I have no idea who I am speaking to/with at the front desk.  You see, she or he knows your name as soon as you tell them, but nobody introduces themseves to the patient!  As you progress through the appointment process, you may meet with up to four different people other than your physician.  At no time does anyone ever inform you of a name. Remember, you may have never met this person before or maybe you haven’t seen the person in a year’s time. Even if you knew their name before, it would be difficult to remember.  It is creepy to say the least. Here you are, entrusting your health and care to a physician, but you have no clue of who these other people are…very impersonal…it makes you feel disconnected…doctors, hospitals, PLEASE have your people wear nametags!   That’s a pet peeve of mine…I think the weirdness comes from the fact that these people are privy to your most personal details, height, weight, live pregnancies, tests performed and their results and then, of course, they are asking you questions before you see your physician.  My thought when they start asking is, “WHO ARE YOU?” I should not have to ask for  your name when you are asking me all of these questions as if YOU KNOW ME!  It’s just plain weird and it is extremely insensitive. I am curious as to whether you feel the same way or whether it simply doesn’t bother you at all.

I had a mammogram last week.  As the technician was getting started, I asked her if she had a way to shield my neck from the radiation.  It was something that came to my attention while watching the Doctor Oz Show. He mentioned it related to dental exams…so be sure to ask your dentist about a thyroid guard to  protect you.  Anyway, the technician said something about “if we use that, you probably will have to have it on a certain way…..mumble mumble. I wanted to try it anyway.  After all…it is my life, right? and my health ..I mean I am here for a diagnostic test to make sure I do not have breast cancer, so why would I want to help to create another tyoe of cancer?  She got the guard; it was no big deal…it fit just fine and didn’t cause any problem for the technician at all!  So, speak up, people! The mammogram was fine; unlike many women, I don’t really feel that it is painful, I believe because I am well-endowed. I think it hurts if you don’t have much going on in that area.  Anyway, you do sometimes get into weird positions (for want of a better term). The technician has you stand a certain way and moves your breast and your arms and and anything else that interferes with the test. It seems that everything is arranged and then they always ask you to turn your foot or leg a certain way without moving anything else that has already been arranged…so when I had my mammogram, on some level I was aware that there was much tension being put on my hips at some point (from all of these little commands). I didn’t think about it, the technician was very pleasant, etc.  The next afternoon around 2:30 I suddenly realized that I had some pretty extreme pain in my hip…enough pain to not feel very good at all…

I started exercising a couple of weeks ago, nothing real strenuous, just 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there…to exercises on ON DEMAND ..(go to ON DEMAND, then to Sports & Fitness and then to Exercise TV…there are hundreds of choices for free) the morning before the mammogram, the exercise I did was squats…it was fine, no biggy, right?  Well, when I felt the pain in my hip the next day I thought it was from the squats at first, then I remembered the strain the mammogram had put on my hips.  At that point I realized that it was a combination of the two events!  Strange, but true. 

Another story about a recent mammogram from a friend.  Two days after having a mammogram, she had an ache/pain on the left side of her chest.  It was at the very top or even above her breast…not a familiar pain so she went to the doctor.  The doctor prescribed 800 mgs of ibuprofen and warm compresses for a couple of days.  The condition is called costochondritis.  So, yes, mammogram can cause some issues to arise.

Here is an overview of Costochondritis

What is costochondritis?
A person with costochondritis has inflammation of the area of the chest where the ribs meet the breastbone. Causes of costochondritis include chest injury, chronic coughing, and strenuous exercise.

What are the symptoms of costochondritis?
Symptoms of costochondritis include chest pain that may worsen with deep breathing or movement of the chest wall. Other symptoms include chest wall tenderness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

How does the doctor treat costochondritis?
Treatment for costochondritis may include rest, cold or warm compresses, narcotic pain medications, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

Continue to Costochondritis Risk Factors

This is MeddlingMom..do you have stories about these issues that others might like to read? And would name tags be helpful to you at the doctor’s office?

Technology…HELP!!!

December 14, 2009

This is MeddlingMom

Today I decided to try to figure out why I can’t get any results when I do a mail search in my Yahoo account. I get zero results…My daughter suggested to me that the 55,000+ unopened e-mails could be the problem and that perhaps I should seek help from Yahoo on how to purge most e-mails quickly.  I contacted Yahoo via IM and at first the person seemed to be willing to help me. He asked me several questions to secure my account and then asked me what my security QUESTION was.  I said I had no idea what the question was, but if he gave me the question, I could certainly give a correct answer.  That didn’t work for him. He then told me he wouldn’t be able to help me without the question. I even said,”Is it related to my mother, where I was born or my pet?” He couldn’t have cared less. He was DONE.  At that point I tried to go into my account and find the question in order to change the question. When I went in there it stated that I needed to tell them the question in order to change the question…UNBELIEVABLE! What nonsense. When did the QUESTION become a part of the quiz? I mean I have umpteen usernames, passwords and security questions.  As you probably have done, most of these are the same with a few exceptions…but the questions? These are pretty familiar, a few that are used by everyone…in what city were you born..duh….

By the way, the guy was gone! He left me high and dry…most of all, alone.  Oh, he did assure me that the problem was not due to the huge number of e-mails.  So here I am, it’s been determined that there is actually a technical problem and the tech support has signed off…Unbelievable!

When I went back in to try to change the question (so I’d KNOW what my question was and be able to get tech support), I came across a page that said I should give them another e-mail address as a backup-they will send me an e-mail to verify that that is my e-mail. I immediately get a message on my screen that the new address is unverified (in red, of course) and another message that states that I cannot have 2 Yahoo accounts open at the same moment on the computer.  So I then have to close out of Yahoo, go into the second account, open the e-mail to verify that it’s mine.  I can’t even remember what happened then, whether the verification e-mail said they should have a cell phone number for me or whether I went back to my primary account in search of the security question and came across something telling me to supply a cell phone number. Long story short, I supplied the number and immediately received a text message giving me instructions to give a code somewhere or send a text that says “STOP!”.  I sent the text to STOP.

So here I am right back where I started, but a number of hours later, no resolution and absolutely no confidence in Yahoo’s commitment to provide technical support.

How does one reach a real person at Yahoo;  I need to have a conversation.

Have a good night…and wish me luck as I pursue this.  For the record, I  have yet to see any question or place to answer a question.

Procrastination

December 13, 2009

This is MeddlingMom.

I had a great time yesterday visiting with some friends, having a nice homemade meal  and playing with their little girl.  Here I sit today…it is nearly 6 PM,…and I have a list a mile long of things I must accomplish in the next week. I’ve completed nothing, nada! I haven’t even showered…I guess we all have days like this…the only problem is that tomorrow at 7:30AM, my doors open for business…I have a small daycare in my home…the little ones will be arriving and I will lose all ability to accomplish anything on my list until after 5:30PM…such is life…Of course we all know we need some down time to simply be mindless and we know that everything that needs to be done, WILL be done!  At some point, we recognize that there is no choice and no more time to procrastinate

So I wonder what you do to cut to the chase and to manage your list…my list seems to grow and grow with little opportunity to have many items crossed off of it…I am open to suggestion….

I guess I will go look at my list, attempt to complete a few small items, have a shower, have dinner and settle in to some  fun TV…60 Minutes, Oprah’s special at the Whitehouse…of course Brothers and Sisters isn’t on tonight due to Oprah’s special.  I don’t feel particularly stressed about any of this right now; I feel pretty zen…at least ’til I stop typing this …

Have a good night.

This is MeddlingMom…

October 17, 2009

This is my first post…I am sitting here alone…missing a perfectly good meal and lots of family fun, due to the swine flu…I don’t have it, but my sister-in-law supposedly has it…I had planned to go to dinner with the family to celebrate her daughter’s birthday….but we heard yesterday about the flu…since I am around young children most days, I thought it was probably not smart to attend even though my sister-in-law will be staying home…here’s the dilemma that so many people must be having…how long is a person contagious…can the other people in the household “carry” the virus to others even though they aren’t infected….am I being too cautious? Lots of people would say, “Oh, go to dinner.  Everyone’s going to be exposed anyway!”

What would YOU DO?

Have a good night.

MeddlingMom


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