Oh yes…..I am a fully inducted member of the 40 and over crowd that dutifully monitors their breast health!
You know, if you haven’t done this yet, you really should. Forget all the stories you hear….the x-ray tech told me that one of her patients said it was worse than natural child birth….now, c’mon, really??? Have you ever given birth to the greatest love of your life without meds? I have! Twice! Can I just tell you……you can’t even compare that to the very mild, non humiliating experience that I had yesterday during the pancake test.
I mean, I never even howled like a primitive beast from the netherworld! I never was embarrassed about what I looked like or how many people were coming in to observe all my goodies. Just me and the female tech! And I just walked right out of that x-ray room and on to the rest of my day. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. No need to stretch out or ice down afterwards. Just the wonderful inner peace of knowing that I’m taking care of little ole’ me.
I did bring my camera with me and I was gonna take pics so you all could see how benign an ordeal it really is but the tech looked at me as if I had fallen straight out of the sky from Planet Looney Tunes. Besides, it may have just been TMI anyway. It wasn’t nearly the flattening that I had expected. I had girlfriends that told me they were going to squeeze my 34Ds until they were flat like a pancake, which was truly a frightening thought for me. I mean, would they be spilling all over the smasher shelf???? I wondered how long it would take for my girls to return to a normal shape after such a thing. That isn’t what happens at all. Yes, you get a little compressed, but only a little. For me it wasn’t even uncomfortable for a minute. They do say that each woman has a different experience but I wonder if we don’t hype ourselves up and then feel something that we truly only conjure up in our own heads.
I’m tellin’ ya…there are a lot of other things I would rather NOT do for 15 minutes!
So come on gals! Get your boob smash adventure on and get that mammogram this year!