A lump I can feel with my amateur fingers, in my left breast. A lump the Doctor can feel with his experienced fingers, in my right breast. Negative pregnancy test. Uterus enlarged to 8 weeks (possible Uterine Fibroids). And to top it all off, low iron! Why do finger pricks hurt like hell? It’s just a little stick that barely breaks the surface of such a small extremity. But I declare, that pointer finger has a heartbeat that prefers not to be disturbed.
Appointment number 2: Mammogram. A stranger’s hands pulling your breast. The knob is twisted and two plates smash down on that precious fatty tissue. The flattened breast is twisted every which way. Then the sonogram… Just like when I was expecting my children and they put the cold gelatinous substance on my belly and ran the probe over my pregnant tummy so that the little body snatcher could be seen en utero! Same method but way strange. After that is done, we play the waiting game AND thank you sweet Jesus!! I’m still praising The Most High… No cancer claimed. No cancer found.
Appointment number 3: A follow up after receiving the digital print of the Mammogram and Sonogram results. Negative. “What you’re feeling and what we’re seeing are non-cancerous cysts.” Here is a term I totally understand! I’ve been instructed to keep an eye on the cyst. If it does not grow larger or change in any way, all should be fine. Fingers crossed and prayers in constant rotation. I am due back for the follow up of this follow up, any day now, making the upcoming appointment, appointment number 5.
Appointment number 4: A second opinion before a specialist referral. By this time I’ve done some research on Uterine Fibroids. I understand what they are although not even experts fully understand why they are. Another exam table. Another finger prick. My iron levels so low that a hemoglobin analysis is conducted. That consisted of a larger needle and two vials of blood drawn. Anemic. Meds have been started. Glad it’s a little pill! The Physician examined me. She asked lots of questions:
Do you have a regular monthly menstrual cycle? How long does it last? How heavy is the flow? Tampons or pads? How many do you go through in a day? So you double up and you still bleed through?Is there clotting? Any significant cramping and/or severe pain? Is the cramping and pain only during your menstrual cycle? Any irregular bleeding between cycles? How long has that been going on?
She made the call to refer me to an Ob/Gyn. I’m awaiting the call for that appointment. Recap: My breasts are in the safe zone, however there is another situation at hand… Whatever is going on is making me bleed, a lot. The loss of blood is causing me to be anemic. I’m in constant excruciating pain. The kind that takes your breath away and leaves you doubled over and reminds you of labor and childbirth. I look and feel pregnant. My self esteem has left the building due to all of this. Yet, I never complained or wondered if my current state was cause for concern. I’m a woman and our bodies are always changing. I suppose I thought it was just one of those things. I’m glad I felt that lump in my breast that night. I’m so ready to reclaim my life!
To be continued…
Learn more about Uterine Fibroids—> http://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids
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