Thursday, 3 May 2012

Get yourself checked out

I've had a very strange comment from Anonymous, on a post which I wrote almost a year ago. I didn't know whether to delete it or leave it there, because I couldn't decide if it was an insult or a compliment. After googling the word, I think I'll leave it where it is. To save you looking for it I'll copy it here, and you can tell me what you think. It reads, This blog is the Dog's Gonads!  How very odd.

I started the day with getting my boobs squashed at the screening unit parked in the hospital grounds. From what I remember about it three years ago, it wasn't a very pleasant experience. The operative, or is radiographer the right word, was very rough with me, pushing and shoving me about, I almost told her what to do with her machine. She was getting flustered because of the amount of appointments she had to attend to, and kept saying drop your shoulder, when I had already dropped it as much as I could. I felt like a piece of meat dangling from a hook in the butchers shop. It was horrible, I came away feeling like I'd been beaten up.

Thank goodness it was a lot better this time. The very nice woman gently eased me into position, whilst explaining to me what she wanted me to do. A totally different experience from last time. In fact it wasn't too bad at all, I was out in a few minutes, done, with four photo's taken of my chesticles.

I strongly recommend everyone to get checked out when the opportunity arises. Don't put it off, go when you get the letter to call you in, and take up any tests which are offered.  And if there are any men reading this, go and get your Gonads checked ;o)

34 comments:

  1. I do believe that dogs' gonads are very similar to bees' knees and cats' whiskers!
    I had my first mammogram last year...apart from not being able to breath when you are squashed for a few seconds it was fine...nowhere near as bad as I'd heard it was going to be.
    Jane x

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  2. It's a compliment Ilona. Lol

    My last booby squash a few months ago was quite a pleasant experience, in and out before my appt time had even arrived. Breast cancer took my lovely Mum 13 years ago so would never miss one.

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  3. It's more frequently heard as "the dogs b*ll*cks and is definitely a compliment - as J & C say above.

    Glad your mammogram went well - I had my first recently and the lady was very professional but very nice too. The results came quickly too - all clear!

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  4. Very good advice, Ilona. I`m not yet at the age where they might call me in, but will certainly go when they do. If they can catch things early enough you have a much better chance of successful treatment.

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  5. It's definitely a compliment, Ilona. Glad all went well with your mammogram.

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  6. The dogs gonads is a HUGE compliment Ilona. I liken a mammogram to trapping your boob in the fridge door..

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  7. Like you, I have had less pleasant experiences at the mammograms but no matter how squished my boobs feel, I tell myself I am doing the right thing in attending. DH got the materials for the poo test yesterday and as my Mum died if bowel cancer, we make sure both of us return that test despite the machinations involved in completing the samples.

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  8. About 19 years ago, I had day surgury. In my province in Canada at that time, there were horrendous budget cuts to the healthcare services and nurses were NOT to have any overtime. I have always had trouble with getting very sick coming out of anaesthetic. It was almost the end of my nurses shift so she began to roughly dress me, despite my protests that I was not feeling well. The nurse continued, ranting about budget cuts, etc. She grabbed my shoulders to sit me up and I vomited everywhere. It was awful. She immediately felt terrible, but whatever, she got me out of there with time to spare.

    I will never forget that day. Amazing the way money can effect people.

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  9. Not looking forward to my 3 year check up. It will be my third and so far, I've been recalled after the previous two checks. First one was a bruise, second one was a cyst. Fingers crossed I won't get recalled as it is the worst three days of your life when it happens.

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  10. If having my Gonad's checked is like having them trapped in the fridge door I think i'll give it a miss thanks!!!
    Garry

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  11. Who ever gets a breast trapped in the door of the refrigerator and WHAT were you doing?

    Last mammogram one woman was pulling my breast while the other shoved hard on my shoulder blade while I was dropping the shoulder. They were nice. It was a little disconcerting when I actually thought about it. But, I was under anesthesia and could not even stand! They got me in the operating room and wanted one more mammogram!

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  12. Chesticals! I was laughing out loud!

    This may be to much information, but after getting squished on the machine I feel like they are lifting play dough off the shelf. haha.

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  13. My guess is that is "spam".
    I'm glad your mammogram went well. the last check up I had was not so painful as earlier ones too. I just hate going to those exams but they are a necessity.

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  14. Joyful, how can it be spam if it was written annonymously and there is no links attached to it? My definition of spam is a comment which pretends to be a comment but is meant to direct the reader somewhere else, in the hope that they will buy something.

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    1. Oh I hadn't picked up that there was no link. I guess you're right. It's not spam. BTW, spam isn't always something that directs you in the hope you'll buy something. Often it is rather malicious and can do things like infect your computer if you click on "bad" links. I used to get a lot of those from Russia and Korea.

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  15. The usual not (quite) so coarse form is "the mutt's nuts"!

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  16. Yes definitely the same as the 'cat's whiskas' and the 'bee's knees', a huge compliment and one that is used a lot in Salford, Manchester where my ex hubby comes from. (And definitely not Spam.)

    Consider yourself complimented!!

    Sue xx

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  17. Lol at dogs gonads! I prefer to use the term dogs whatsits - much nicer. The one and only time I have had a mamogram it was a horrible experience. Nobody really told me what to do and the two nurses were very silly, giggly girls (didn't look old enough to be left in charge) I would complain if that happened now, but I found it all very humiliating at the time and just wanted to leave asap, not looking forward to that being a regular thing. On the other hand the practice nurse who does the dreaded smear test is completely different, she's very good at making me feel at ease. She understands thats its not very pleasant and is incredibly professional. Debs x

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  18. "chesticles" what a great word!

    when my son was little he used to call them my "protectors" LOL (rather like the air filled fenders on the side of a boat I guess) :-D

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  19. I don't go.
    I know before you all say I should, and it's a necessity, and I agree ! trouble is, the humuliation is too much for me to bear, not to mention the smear test - oh my, I'm cringing and feeling uncomfortable at the very thought of it. I've only ever had one.
    I know everyone 'should' go, but I just 'can't' and I know I'm not the only one.

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  20. Wean, I'm going to be blunt. Would you rather die from cancer or spend a few uncomfortable moments being tested?
    Grab a friend to sit with you in the waiting room, tell the nurse/practitioner/Dr you are a nervous wreck, take painkillers before you go, put headphones on to distract you...anything..but pleeeeeeeeeease get checked out.
    Thw world needs Wean!
    Jane x

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  21. J & C - I can't argue with you - you are 100% right. but I just 'can't' do it - it's the humiliation of having all your 'bits' on show !! I'm of the old school !
    I would find it easier to jump off a building than to submit myself to that.

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    1. Wean, can you talk to your "regular" doctor about this? If you seriously believe you would rather jump off a building than expose your breasts to a medical professional for a test that takes about five minutes, maybe she or he can suggest something that would be helpful. I don't know what it might be, but as you say, there must be other women who feel the same way you do, so your doctor (or a nurse, or someone at a health clinic) may be able to recommend something.

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    2. Wean, your body is merely the house where your soul lives.Think of a visit to the Dr in the same way as taking the car to a mechanic. The soul will never be seen ....just the body it lives in.
      Jane xxxxxx

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  22. I agree - the comment is a good one - means absolutely brilliant!!
    On the subject of mammograms (a subject very close to my heart)- I would urge anyone to put up with the few minutes of discomfort for the reassurance that everything is ok. Perhaps if the 3 yearly mammogram programme had been around 27 years ago my mother might have been alive to meet the 4 of her 6 grandchildren that were born after her death. Two of my children were only 2 years old and 6 months old, she never got to see any of my brother's children or my daughter (or attend my brother's wedding). Breast cancer has taken the lives of my mother, her sister (my aunt)and my cousin. I am so glad to have my mammograms yearly because of my family history. Over the next few years the age range for the regular mammogram screening programme is coming down to 47 - another move in the right direction. With all the cutbacks in the health service I feel we are so privileged to be offered this service. Thousands of lives are saved because the mammograms detect breast cancer at a very early stage.

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  23. That is a compliment Ilona. Actually I check mine regularly. Don't even realise I'm doing it half the time!

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  24. I guess the dog's gonads means the same as my DH's fave saying 'the dog's bollocks'...which generally means something is amazing...so it's meant as a compliment. Strange but true. I hate having a mamogram, just as I loathe having a smear test, but I would put up with one every week if it meant early detection of cancer.

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  25. yes, i think you've been complimented! my last but one mamogram was a similar experience to yours..came out feeling pole-axed..promptly tripped over the kerb & tore the ligaments in my leg..not a great experience all round!! however my last one was great..good operative,patient & clear instructions..must help if they're not rushed. i agree, an important thing to get done..even at the risk of a gammy leg!!

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  26. Ilona, I agree - the pleasant/unpleasant quality of the experience is entirely dependent upon the skill and attitude of the person taking the snaps. I've been lucky; the staff at the hospital where I have mammograms done (routinely, usually annually) is lovely! Very professional and also very kind. I find having my teeth cleaned FAR more uncomfortable than having a mammogram!

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  27. I had one bad mammogram, where the nurse was so miserable and hardly spoke, criticising me for being about 5 minutes late, as I'd been caught in a traffic jam.

    The second time was just the opposite. I do think it is less painful if you have a larger cup size than a small cup size. Yes it is a bit embarrassing the first time but hell, we've all got the same components, why worry?

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  28. Fortunately, I no longer have to have that exam, or the smear one. There are decided benefits to getting older.

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  29. I love the word chesticles...it's so funny. Having checkups is definitely the way to go although waiting to get results back scares the day lights out of me every time.

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  30. Not yet had the squish exam, the smear is bad enough but as Jane points out I'd rather the few mins of the test than dying of cancer. (On a side note Wean, I hope you manage to get yourself there and through the tests somehow - I skipped my smear a few times but in the end gave myself a stern talkin to and now my coping mechanism is to stare fixedly at the ceiling like I do at the horizon on boats when trying desperately not to chunder everywhere. I tune the room out, get out of there as quick as poss and jump straight in the shower or bath when I get home. Bath is good as you can read to further take your mind off it. However you do it please please try though!)
    Yep - dogs gonads is deffo a compliment! I've heard the variants dogs danglies and badgers nadgers too. Whichever is used they're right - this blog is great!

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  31. Ruthdigs - really wish I could "tune the room out" but I can't.
    Had one nearly 20 years ago. Never again.

    Wean - you're definately not the only one.

    Ilona - definately a compliment. Wouldn't have put it quite that way myself but I agree :-)

    Polly x

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