I finally got both a mammogram and a bone density scan done today!!! I have been very leery of the mammogram because my mom and aunt both told me some horrific stories of how they smash you and you end up with bruises, etc.... Maybe they used to, but today they sure didn't. Our hospital has kept its' promise to keep the top imaging equipment available in use and to make sure the people are given the best possible training. Long story behind that, but it was an agreement to keep friends from suing them after the hospital read an ultrasound so badly that they missed HUGE problems that lead to the death of the child of close friends of ours at the age of 8 hrs old. So the pictures looked super clear, and the most uncomfortable thing was having to keep my head turned to keep the chin out of the way! The bone density wasn't as bad as last time either. Last time it was done at my rheumatologist's office and the machine was weird. It felt like being in a cross between a tanning bed with no lights and a George Foreman grill. This time it was done at a place that specializes in these and it was way different. More like an xray but with a smaller maching handing over you. NO claustrophobia or worry that the thing would smush me. I don't get claustrophobic much, that that old scanner was not fun - and it took about 30 min. THis was maybe 15, max. So I am proud of me today. I got it done, and I needed it. It wasn't NEARLY even 1/10th of what I was expecting. So for those who put off mammograms because you heard stories about how it smashes you, how it hurt and bruised you, things have changed since then. The machine they used on me actually can even turn totally upside down if needed! The tech told me how they do that sometimes when people can't stand up straight or have other problems. The pics are incredibly detailed and different from older scans I have seen. So go for it!!!!!! This is one thing that we should ALL do. Cause who will advocate for our difficult children and see though their koi and push them to be the people we know they can be if we end up sick or even worse?? I also have an appointment for Jess with the family care doctor and I am going in loaded for bear and ready to remove tushie not just kick it ifhe doesn't start helping her or sending her to someone who can help. I have HAD IT with having a daughter who cannot function because her body hurts so much and it contorts and just drops her on the ground with no warning. Done. Done. Done. They don't want me calling every 3-4 hours when she is in pain all night. Cause I CAN and I WILL if they don't stop being such tushie-heads about this. Momma has had ENOUGH.