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This was supposed to be a hilarious blog.  I wanted to tell you about one of the benefits we get from work - an annual compete medical exam at “Mediton” - a Hilton medical facility located at fancy hotel. I wanted to describe my expectations, quiet private waiting rooms, soft knocks on the doors “the Dr. will see you now“, a lavish breakfast that we were to enjoy after fasting for 12 hours before having our blood drawn.

You would have been in tears laughing as I described the reality - one big waiting room, people going to and from the public bathroom outside the facility holding plastic cups with liquids in various shades of yellow, dazed and blinded by the light due to the eye drops we were given on our first stop to dilate our pupils.  The breakfast that consisted of hospital-like food with a big poster of the nutrition pyramid hanging on the wall.

Throughout the whole morning I was composing a blog that would have left you LOL and ROTFL.  

But that was before the gynecologist’s exam.  That was before I was told “put your finger right there, under your right nipple. Do you feel the hardening?  I suggest you have it further checked“.  This was followed by “there is nothing to worry, 80% of women your age have some kind of a cyst in their breast, but you should get a mammogram“.  That pretty much paralyzed my sense of humor.

So now my friends I need your collective wisdom. I’m completely freaked out.  Am I overreacting?



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      Linda Hendricks wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • Merlot...

      Don’t freak out.... first of all freaking out won’t change anything... and it probably will be nothing... and if its nothing you will have lost a day to feeling miserable.  

      I am a survivor... 14 years... so even if it’s something... it doesn’t mean doom and gloom... be glad you had a doctor good enough to do a proper breast exam and found it.

      And get your mammogram ... it’s important to catch something early if there is something.  

      Keep your chin up and keep your attitude positive.  Take a deep breath and take your day slowly... doing things you really enjoy.. it will help keep your spirits up until you know more.

      Good Luck,
      Linda



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • Thanks for your support Linda. You are absolutely right, and that’s what I keep telling myself.  Most chances are that it’s nothing.  No need to worry until there is a reason to.  I’m taking a deep breath, and scheduling that mammogram.



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      Darla5 wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • Merlot,

      Just go get a mammogram asap.

      This happen to me and several women I know. In all of our cases it turned out to my be nothing.

      I was so nervous and was a snapping turtle to my husband because of my nerves.

      Say a prayer and let us know. I just said a prayer for you.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • Irit, it sounds as if your doctor is simply being cautious, which is his job. It’s simply your job to follows his orders.

      I’m glad you have a doctor who is paying attention. Get the mammogram.

      You‘re in my thoughts!



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      Daphne wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • Irit...i was where you are about 10 days ago...as a couple of special fabulously 40 friends know.  I found it myself on a Thursday evening, called my Dr Friday morning, saw my Dr two hours later...was immediately sent to get the mammo and ultra-sound and had it read before i left.  All good!  So, you see...it isn’t always bad news!

      I absolutely understand the anxiety you‘re experiencing and i’m sorry your doctor didn’t insist on your having the tests and easing your mind immediately.

      Us fabulously 40’s girls are here for you.



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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • I have very cystic breasts so I have to go in for digital mammography and ultrasound. Fun fun in the sun. Most likely it’s nothing and you will feel so much better. The worst thing to do is not schedule the mammogram! But, I know from what you wrote that you are already on top of it!



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • Thank you so much for you encouragement and support ladies!  You are exactly what I needed to help me calm down.

      Linda, the medial I had today was in a private center that doesn’t do mammograms.  Now I have to go through my insurance which involves some bureaucratic steps before I can get the actual mammogram.  

      Darla, Linda and vigirl, I’m glad all the scares you had turned out to be nothing.

      Heather - I’m glad you didn’t have a scare to begin with (at least not in this area - I know you had plenty of others...)

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with me, it helps so much!



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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • Anxiously awaiting Part 5!! Beautiful love story...



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • I go away for 24 hours and all kinds of things happen....

      RELAX, take a deep breath and don’t worry.

      My mom goes through this hell every year, usually it’s a double scare, plus the biopsy and then everyone is happy.

      I myself is a big mischiga, and tend to over react at everything, so I hear you....but it’s probably nothing.

      When is the mamo?



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • Thanks Annie and Yana. The mammogram and US are scheduled for tomorrow evening.  The receptionist started by telling me that the first available appointments were on Nov. 26.  Then she suddenly said “oh, the stress until then will kill you. Let me see what I can do.” And magically came up with these appointments tomorrow. Bless her heart...

      I’ll keep you posted and thanks again for all your wishes and for being here for me.



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      Kmarie wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • I too have had something similar happen to me too, actually every year running it happen. They ultra sound has never found anything, not even cyst, just dense breast tissue, too dense for the mammogram machine



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • Thanks kmarie, the more stories like this I hear the more relaxed I become.  I hope to have some results in 24 hours.



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      Iamflame wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • Hi Merlot:

      I have had several “causes” to have further tests of a mamogram even...so much depends on who is reading the results whether they are conservative, cautious etc. so my advice is to enjoy every minute that you have while you are waiting.  That way, no matter what happens you will appreciate the time in between now and the results!  Will keep you in our prayers!

      Shine Brightly,
      Sharon



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • Thank you so much ladies!  It’s so empowering to know that there is a bunch of fabulous women out there thinking and praying for me.  

      Sharon - thanks.  That’s a great advice, and that’s what I’m going to do!

      joyfull - thanks for sharing your friends story, for the encouragement, and for the compliment happy!



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • Just came back. Everything is OK!!!  Thank you all again for your concern and good wishes.  It really means a lot to me.

      Love,
      Irit



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • Woohoo!!! Glad to hear it, Irit. I’ve been waiting all day for you to update us (time zones be damned!! )! ;)



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      Almostfive0 wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • Great news Irit...glad everything worked out. Now we can really laugh about that waiting room experience...LOL!
      peace.



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      Darla5 wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • I am thrilled for you. What a relief... Now, grab a glass of wine and start writing again...

      You are so good at it!!!!



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 12, 2008
    • Thank you all!!!  I’m glad to put this behind me.



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