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I have two kids - a girl and a boy - and live in north-central Minnesota, land of snow and ice. Well, for 9 months of the year, that is. I work full-time for a local government, and on my "free time" I enjoy cooking, baking, hanging out with my kiddos, and RELAXING.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

what a week!

I had an ultrasound today.

Nope, not preggers.

I had an ultrasound on my breast.

Let me explain.

Monday night I noticed this weird lump that I had never noticed before. A major freak-out ensued. Tuesday morning I called the doctor one and a half minutes after the clinic opened. Fortunately I was able to get in later that day. I spent the whole morning at work trying not to have a mental breakdown. I was unsuccessful, unfortunately.

I saw a doctor I didn't know since I didn't want to wait around for my usual doctor lady to be available. This other woman was really nice, though. She did the exam and found another lump. Lovely. But she reassured me and said, "It's probably nothing" right before she said, "We'll get you set up for an ultrasound." Apparently "nothing" doesn't actually mean "nothing." But hey, I'm not complaining; it's totally better to be safe than sorry.

Well, apparently mammograms won't work on my breasts--weird, right? Something about them being too "fibrous" which I take to mean "lumpy." (Maybe that's too much information...) In any case, I had to have an ultrasound today at the hospital. I was able to go during work so I only missed an hour, which was nice. Less time to make up.

So the ultrasound lady globs me up with that goo and takes that little handheld thing and just goes at it. She looks at the first one for a while and then moves on to the second. And she looks at it. And she looks at it. And she moves the hand thing around. Then she moves the lump around. Then she looks at it some more. And then I start to get worried. Eventually she says she's going to get the radiologist to talk over the results with me. I wait about five minutes and the radiologist comes in and feels the lump and looks at the ultrasound. Which, by the way, how the heck can they see anything on that?? All I saw was weird blurbs and lots of lines. But they were all analyzing every little thing. Which is good. That's their job, right?

So anyway, she said it's benign and then called it some weird name which I think was "fibroadenoma." But I can't be sure on that. She also told me to come back for another ultrasound in six months just to make sure "it's not doing anything funky."

Something to look forward to.


  1. Um... scary... How do they know something is benign just from an ultrasound? I don't understand doctors. Please keep us updated and let us know if "anything funky" happens...

  2. Wow, reading this really brought back memories of my fun time. I got a mamogram on my birthday(umm, what was I thinking??!) and they found a lump and did an ultrasound right there. Then I had to have a biopsy in which I had to lay on my stomach on a really tall table with a hole in it sticking my boob through. Talk about an awkard situation!!! My boobs hurt just thinking about it. No fun, but I'm glad it was nothing serious for you!!!

  3. I know, Sarah! I totally thought of you and was all like, "WHAT IF I HAVE TO HAVE A BIOPSY LIKE SARAH DID?" But lucky for me I didn't. And, it is almost my birthday. In fact, how old were you when you had to do that? 23? 24? Oh, the irony of life...

  4. I am SO glad to hear things are ok! What a scary experience for you and Darren! Lots of love!


  5. I think it was my 23rd bday. Is that how old you turn next week?? Must be the age!! I was told to follow up with a 6 month mamogram and that was umm, about 4 1/2 years ago. It's b/c I've either been pregant or nursing!! Come to think of it I should probably make an appointment...

  6. YES! I will be 23 on Tuesday. How crazy! But yes, another six months and I'll be back for round two. No plans on being pregnant by then...not gonna lie, I'm pretty excited to go the ultrasound route. Heard nothing but pain and suffering come from those mammograms.