believe my eyes. Guess I was still miffed and wrote faster than I could read. sorry.
The on-going medical mis-haps continued this week, this time at my annual mammogram appointment. I got there on-time. Got changed into that darling 1/2 robe with 3 strings to try & figure out how to tie it closed. By the way, they're so annoying that no one tried, they just held it closed, hoping for the best.
I get called into the ROOM and the technician looks at the order and says, "Why is this only a unilateral? I replied "What? I don't know."Then she says, "You have a lump?" Me, "Not that I know of." Her, "I'm sorry, I'm going to call your Dr,. I need to find out about this order." Oh, just great, here we go again. Sitting forever for a quick procedure, wasting more of my time. I just hate this nonsense.
After 40 minutes, she calls me back in and tells me that "they" made a mistake and hit the wrong key when entering the order. Say What?!? Unreal. Yet we pay rediculously high premiums and co-pays to boot for this foolishness. Measure twice, cut once people. Check your work. Needless to say, I was somewhat freaked when the tech asked if I had a lump. Not words you want to hear, right?
For cryin' out loud! We pay for this. WHY? The good news, apparently all is well with the breasts, YAY!
As for my mom's care, I spoke with a patient advocate who thanked me for my well-written letter. She said her jaw dropped when she read it. She's going to take it to the executive leaders and hopefully they'll be able to learn from this event. She also told me that she would keep me informed as to any actions taken provided it doesn't infringe upon any HR rules of confidentiality. She said it may take up to 30 days to get to some sort of resolve.
Ok, ok, after all of the drama surrounding my medical stuff, I still say, get your annual check-ups. Maybe, one day the medical field will figure out that they aren't the only important people in the world and get down to business, maybe not. But we still need to stay on top of our health and well-being.
Flu season is on the way and we must not get ill. If we do, don't spread it around, stay home, get better.Here are some things we can do to protect ourselves;
I posted some of these things before as described by my friend Barbara Appelbaum.
This list is from the CDC however.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
****Hey! I discovered a great way to keep your fatty fish from smelling and tasting fishy, like salmon. In fact thats the fish we did this on. ***
Soak your fish in a tub of water and salt for about 10 minutes before cooking, grilling or whatever.
We poached our salmon in foil on the grill, of course, and added some lemon slices, onion and pepper, for just about 5 minutes. It didn't smell awful at all but tasted soooooooooo amazing. Soft, flakey, delicious. YUM!
Give it a try. So simple and so worth it.
I've gone back, finally, to taking dance classes. It feels so good to do that again. Good for my head, heart and body. I almost talked myself outa going but I did go and was so glad I did. I also discovered why the right side of my back hurt in the intercostals. (If you're wondering what the heck are intercostals, they're the little bitty muscles in between the ribs.) We began the choreography and got to 1 move and Whoa! there it is. Not an injury, just muscles being used in a different way from normal. Thats a good thing by the way. I love it. Felt good to dance for myself again.
Wait for it, wait for it...I'm feeling good. Yay!
Gotta go walk the pooches and smell the fresh, crisp (finally, the temps are down in the morning) clean air and get to moving and cleaning.
Stay healthy all, and keep dancing.