Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Asymmetry is a Hard Word to Spell

Ever impatient, this morning I decided to call my PCP to see if there were any clues as to why I need to have more imaging studies done.

By now, I know how this works.  The radiologists do the imaging and notify my Primary Care Physician of any further testing that needs to be done and why.

Have you ever read the letters your specialist writes to your PCP?  It's all so formal and polite, and usually ends with "Thank you for allowing me to treat your patient," or something gracious like that.

I know because each time a doctor leaves the room, I grab my file and read. We could all take letter-writing courses from specialist doctors.

My PCP did, indeed, have a letter about why I needed to be re-imaged.  Speaking of gracious, the office person grabbed my chart and, upon request, read it to me.

"There is a 1.6 cm focus of asymmetry in the upper left quadrant..."

For the life of me, I can't feel anything asymmetrical or otherwise in my breast. 

Before I called this morning, I had decided that what they were seeing was a needle track from when I'd had my cysts drained. 

However, the 1.6 cm area rules that out, I think. 

The word assymetry also rules out a cyst, as they are a lovely oval shape.  I know them well.

The word asymmetry is not good when talking about things inside your breast.  Now, it doesn't have to be bad either - there are certainly benign reasons for asymmetrical breast tissue.

With my history though, it's hard to dismiss that word.

I have Herceptin and Zometa today so that will keep me occupied. 

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