- odynometer — n. instrument for measuring pain
- brephophagist — n. one who eats babies
- sagittipotent — adj. having great skills in archery
Taking a break from my chef story, this morning I will do a little non-fiction for Three Word Thursday. Why? Because this morning I had to go to my annual mammogram. And who knew that these words would lend themselves so beautiful for such a FUN time!
Because my mother is a breast cancer survivor, I'm diligent about having the annuals. The technician was very kind, but she still had to do her job thoroughly. If there had been an odynometer attached to the machine, it would have shown intense spikes!
I always try to be extremely cooperative because the worst thing they can say after they do the 'first check' of the image is "we have to do another one (or more)". When that happens, I am tempted to morph into a brephophagist -- and I love children! (not in the edible crunchy way, of course)
The second image they take always makes me feel like I should come out of the office with olympic level sagittipotent skills. With that arm held up and out for the duration of the image capture, everything from the triceps to the ribs is in perfect position to let the arrow fly...right into the backside of whoever designed these machines. There's gotta be a better way.
For the few guys who read my blog, sorry. This is probably TMI for you guys. Just imagine if the only way doctors had to examine your squishiest most sensitive parts for health was to flatten them, tell you to hold your breath while they take an imagine, and then do it again from a different angle. Yeah, you'd be spitting out baby parts too.
However, I know my female readers are nodding their heads and saying, "yeah, and you know what happened when I had my last one ? ? ?" Feel free ladies to vent it in my comments, but promise me that you'll get the screenings regularly. Having lost one blog friend this month, I don't want to be losing any more any time soon!
If you don't have health insurance, there are free programs to cover mammogram screening. If you do have good health insurance and you want to help other women who don't, take a look at this site.
Blessings and love, K