They told me everything was fine and I left the Radiology Department having passed through another of a woman's rites of passage.
A few days later I got a call back from my OB's assistant. Upon further review, the radiologist wanted me to come back in. Apparently there was a small lump in my left breast that they wanted to take a closer look at.
I rolled my eyes at the message left on my answering machine. Another example of doctors covering their asses by encouraging higher level tests "just to be sure."
Sure enough, when I went in the next week, the radiologist confirmed that the lump was benign, just a regular irregularity found in many women. They asked me to come back in 6 months to be sure the lump wasn't changing. I never gave it another thought.
A few weeks ago, I got the reminder post card that I needed to schedule my 6 month follow-up. I went in last week, had the mammogram, the radiologist said there was no change and I could resume a regular schedule of annual mammograms.
Earlier this morning, I got a message from my OB's office. "Sandie, this is Dr. Clawson. Would you please call me at my office when you get a chance?" That's it. No reassuring words, no explanation. Just call.
So here I sit, waiting for her to call back. The doctor herself has never called before. It's always been an assistant. I don't like this.