Monday, October 1, 2012

Day 2: Squish


Day 2:
        One year and one day after my previous mammogram, I hurried to the health center directly from school.  I wanted to get my mammogram over with as quickly as possible because I had important family things to do later that evening.  Those things were so important that I have completely forgotten them.  The most important thing I had to do that day was my mammogram.  I just didn't know it yet.
     As I made my way to the mammography check in, I reflected on the delightful cape I would be wearing in the next few minutes.  The cape provided to women for the exam looked rather like a large unattractive cloth napkin.  It was little better than a square doily through which your head stuck out on top.  Arms had to be held straight down if you wanted to maintain any sense of modesty in the women's waiting area.
     I checked in and there was Cynthia, a colleague from another school in the district and a parent of two adorable boys in my school, already decked out in her napkin.  It is uncomfortable enough to be sitting with strangers wearing a doily, but far worse to see someone you actually know.  Cynthia was clearly as uncomfortable with the chance meeting as I was.  I greeted her and then went to change into my own napkin.   When I came out of the dressing closet, I was relieved to see that Cynthia had already been called in.
     A very sweet older woman did my exam.  I told her how my last mammogram had left me bruised.  She sympathized and told me to let her know if I was uncomfortable.  She explained the importance of getting the best possible pictures.  She herself was a breast cancer survivor.  She shared that her cancer had been found by a mammogram.  She adjusted the machines and me efficiently.  She cautioned me that women often get called back for additional pictures, but that usually it was not anything to worry about.  When she had finished, I thanked her for her consideration and for not causing me unnecessary discomfort.  I gratefully shed the napkin, put on my clothes, and dashed off to my family.
    A few days later, I was called back for more pictures.

"Be strong and courageous.
 Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, 
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

     Have you ever felt awkward seeing someone you know in a different environment or situation?

     If you are visiting me through the 31 Day series, please drop me a note and say hello.  I am looking forward to meeting you.

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