‘Humiliation week’ all in the name of preventative Healthcare!

After Jacquie published her post on Mammography I thought I would share with you what I personally go through on a yearly basis all in the name of preventative health care.  I have named it  ‘Humiliation week‘, because it is just that.  But worth it!!

mamogramI start with my yearly Mammogram and as Jacquie said it’s not as bad as you think, unless of course the technician isn’t having a good day.  If I am lucky I get a Mom friend who just happens to be a Mammography tech.  When we first met I thought I recognised her but couldn’t remember from where.  I think I was blocking it out and then one day it clicked, she was the one who flattens my boob each year, which is sort of awkward I know, but she is far more sensitive than the other tech.  I would sooner have my boob manipulated by someone I see everyday at school than a tech who is unhappy!  I mentioned to my friend how much it hurt when she didn’t do it and she looked up the pressure the other tech used.  She told me  it was not necessary to use that much, so I am convinced she was trying to pop my boobs for some unknown reason.  I sure hope she’s not reading this!  I always feel really relieved once it’s done and my boobs go back to their natural shape.  The best feeling is when the letter comes in the mail that your clear, the summer just seems that much sweeter!  For many the letter comes with news that none of us want to hear and that is why we NEED to continue to have our Mammograms each year as a preventative measure to help detect any abnormalities early!  Early detection of breast cancer is key!  If you haven’t had your mammogram you need to make your appointment and go.  I haven’t heard yet of a case of a boob actually popping.

Pap smearThe yearly Pap Smear (test) is always next, and this year should be liberating because although I know your doctor does this all day long, well maybe not all day long, but he has seen a lot of vajaja’s and mine is no different than the others I am sure.  (I’d like to think that’s debatable)  But it’s still something I have to psych myself up for.  I have had a women Doctor do my pap for the last 15 years but this year I am not going to be silly and I am just booking it with my South African Doc whom I think is just awesome.  How bad could it be, he has a great sense of humour and he is a fantastic Doctor.  I’m over it, yet another positive for being in your 40’s!  I don’t know a women who looks forward to her pap test, but cervical cancer can be detected in the early stages  too.  After you have your pap there is a sense of relief that makes it all worth while.  The alternative is not worth it!  Get your Pap ladies!

dermatologistNext  into the Dermatologists office to have every square inch of my epidermis looked at with scrutiny!  Skin cancer runs in my family so I am aware of the consequences of having a nice summer glow.  I try to plan it right before the summer so I am reminded of what the sun is capable of.  You don’t want to look like your related to George Hamilton before walking into the Dermatologist office for a Skin Cancer screening. (I’ve been know to resemble him on occasion)

The first time I walked into the office I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I was mortified that a stranger, yes I know he’s a Doctor, but I had never even talked to him before and he was looking at my naked body in detail.  What’s worse is that because I was a ‘new patient‘ he had the receptionist stand in the room.  Uggh, now she was looking too!  I wanted to say “it’s okay I trust you, now nice hot young girl, you can leave, I am sure you have a ton of work to do”.  All I could think was does my ass look fat in these panties, actually worse, does my ass look fat in this g-string?  I didn’t know he was going to look at my butt cheeks individually, in bright light!  Why don’t they tell you this kind of stuff so you can wear monster gonch!  They are extremely thorough with even looking between your toes.

In all honesty they let you keep your gown on and remove each sleeve or lift it up as needed.  They are very sensitive, understanding and discreet.  My first visit I was told the average person with sun exposure similar to what I have had has approximately 40 moles.  I had well over 200!  Tanning lathered in baby oil all summer in my twenties really paid off.

I felt sick leaving the office and wore a hat and 60 sunblock after being educated on what the end result would surely be if I didn’t take this seriously.  I do take it more seriously but I believe in Moderation.  I am sitting indoors right now writing this post and the sun is shinning so I have come along way.  The week passes by and I feel good, being vigilant about my health.  My week of Humiliation is a small price to pay and I feel fortunate to have the health care needed to help me live a happy healthy life. Tracy