Thursday, January 06, 2011

Medical Procedure

Today I went for the first medical procedure to come out of my appointment on Monday.  I was supposed to have two done today, but the mammography machine at the hospital has been down all week, so my mams had to be rescheduled to next week.  So, all I had done today was the ultrasound of my carotid arteries. 

As far as medical procedures go, ultrasounds are quite easy to go through.  They are not invasive at all and don't hurt--at the most they can be considered uncomfortable.  And having the carotid arteries ultrasounded (is that a word?) IS uncomfortable.  The technician presses the wand on your neck with a steady, slightly hard, pressure and continues doing so until you start getting a light-headedness going for you. I also felt as if I was choking.  At one point, I even got nauseous and was afraid I would have to run to pay homage to the porcelain god, but it passed.  As I said, this is one of the easiest medical procedures to go through, however, I DON'T need to do this more than once every few years. 

DISCLAIMER:  I KNOW this sounds as if I'm pissing and moaning when things could be so much worse--and people who are REALLY ill ARE going through terrible procedures--but this is just reporting on my life.  I don't want to take anything away from those who are going through terrible illnesses.


meleah rebeccah said...

It does NOT sound like you are pissing and moaning or complaining. And, hello? You're ALLOWED to vent on YOUR blog!

Im sorry to hear you has a bad experience. Good thing you only have to have that done every few years!

cmk said...

Again, as far as procedures go, it wasn't bad. It's just that it isn't anything close to FUN. And I always have a hard time with pressure around my neck--I can't even wear turtlenecks anymore because I can't stand anything closing in on my neck/throat area. I think it might be a claustrophobia related problem.

meleah rebeccah said...

Oh I cant STAND turtlenecks either! I know what you mean about that 'feeling' - it's icky.

cmk said...

Just thinking about it makes me shudder.