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Project 365 - Day 18

I sometimes wonder why we've never thought of fish & chip shops. We have chippies, and we have fish stalls where we can buy fish in batter (like this one), but no one's ever thought to combine the two; and if we want a fish supper, we'll either have to make it ourselves or find an English or Irish pub somewhere.

I've been called up for a clinical breast examination later this month as part of the on-going national screening programme, and I'm a little apprehensive about it. Mum reckons it's easily one of the most unpleasant exams she's ever gone for; and I can't help remembering that 2 years ago, when I got called up for a cervical smear test, I spotted for 3 days and hurt for a week. But what's a little discomfort if it can help detect cancer in the early stages, eh?


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Mar. 8th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't find a mammogram too bad and, like you say. it's worth it!
Mar. 8th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I think the best thing will be to put it out of my mind until March 20th, and worry about it then - if worry I must.
Mar. 8th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
The mammogram was really only a little uncomfortable; perhaps it is less painful with biggish breasts like mine.

Basically they make you stand at a bit of an odd angle with your arm above your head, and squash the breast between the two plates of the X-ray machine - done in 20 seconds, turn around a bit, assume the position for the other side and.. done.

Do they expect you to just eat the fish on its own at the fish stalls?

Edited at 2012-03-08 07:17 pm (UTC)
Mar. 8th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
perhaps it is less painful with biggish breasts like mine.

Oh, I should be okay too, then! Mum hardly has any boobs to speak of, whereas I...

Do they expect you to just eat the fish on its own at the fish stalls?

Indeed they do. Or, take it home with you. And there's always an old geezer who'll eat some there and then, and takes some away ;-)
Mar. 8th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Mammograms are a walk in the park compared to pap smears, seriously. :D You do have to contort yourself into some weird positions while they squoosh your bewbs to get a good picture, but I never had any problems with it being painful or that uncomfortable. If you have a time of the month when your breasts tend to be swollen and sensitive, then don't schedule it for then. Otherwise I think you'll be okay.

Breast cancer's in my family so I've had mammos since my mid-30s. Worth it for me to possibly save my "girls"--and my life!
Mar. 8th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I feel somewhat reassured now ;-)
Mar. 9th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
It was fucking MEN who decreed that Pap smears don't hurt - they damn well do! And unless you have a considerate doctor, they can hurt a great deal.

Never had a mammogram, but I'm all for them, since breast cancer is sooo dramatic. I'm sure it'll be okay, but I recommend the not thinking about it method of avoidance too. :)
Mar. 9th, 2012 11:01 am (UTC)
What brave little toasters we are! ;-)
Mar. 9th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
No, honestly mammograms are fine. You just need to relax. I could tell you about some really unpleasant stuff I've had done if you think it'd take your mind off it! ;o)
Mar. 9th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Go on, then! ;-)
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