Monday, August 08, 2011

I'm THAT age

Apparently, I am now at the age where people need to qualify any compliment with the phrase, 'for your age.'

I've been getting that a lot lately.
And not even from the teenager.'s been from normal types.

"You're looking nice, 'for your age.'"

So today I went for my yearly physical. Not only that but somehow my mammogram also got scheduled for today without my knowledge. By the time I found out, it was too late to change either appointment.


Two locations with instruments of torture all in one day.

Don't be jealous.

So, my doctor notes my weight and says it's perfect. I protest, knowing full well that I am carrying around an extra 20 pounds that disgust me. She looked at me and smiled, "But 'at your age' you can't possibly think you will weigh the same as when you were a teenager."

Well, then.

Buoyed by such a lovely sentiment, I headed for my mammogram.

I walked in and gave them my name. The receptionist asked if I had pre-registered. I said no and she gave me a disapproving look, tsk tsked and nodded in the direction of the sitting room. "Have a seat until someone can register you," she said with barely restrained disdain.

Muttering to myself about how she wouldn't have pre-registered either if she would have had to speak on the phone above the general din of 9 kids in the background, I obediently sat down.

Mercifully, the mammo was done fairly quickly. I can't figure out why they can't come up with a less painful test than having a machine crush a part of your body between two pieces of metal. Wow...really?

I had a chatty technician who thought that nattering about how she wanted to move to Florida would distract me from the fact that a very tender part of me was being pressed like a shirt at the cleaners.

It. Didn't.Work.

She assured me she was very good at her job and it seems she was because I didn't get a call-back.

Thank goodness!

Don't let this scare you away from getting a mammogram. It's not really THAT bad. It's not pleasant, but neither is the dentist or a colonoscopy. Hey, I already signed up for my mammo for next year. Woot!

I guess those kind of tests are just a normal part of life for people 'at my age.'


Kim K. said...

Karin -I always love your honesty (and your brilliant writing). I've spent all kinds of time at the female doctor lately, but I still need to get my mammogram scheduled. Thanks for the reminder.

Cari said...

Never had a mammogram yet, but I'm quickly inching my way to "that age". I keep telling myself I'll be just fine going through the test, but who am I kidding?!

Is is odd that I enjoy my dental visits, because it's a little break from the At least the filling appointments are...for my cleanings I still have the littlest one sitting right on me and another sitting in the room the whole time...both nervous about their turn.

sara said...

ugh...dreading my yearly visit to the doctor because she will be scheduling me for a colonoscopy....yes, I am at that age!!!

trustandobey said...

Getting old is just too. much. fun!!!
No one person should have that. much. fun. in one day:) Thank goodness you will not have to endure that. much. fun. again for a year!

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Adeye said...

Hahahahaha.....I'm delaying it for as long as possible. Does turning 40 put me at "that age?"

Oh my word!

At least you have a great sense of humor about it, my friend. I totally laughed.

Lori said...

Well, there you go again bragging about your luxurious spa treatments.

I actually enjoy my visits to the doctor and boobie press. It's all about ME for just a little while. Oh and I get to be fondled in the middle of the day.

Oh my word, did I just say that out loud?

Kimberlie said...

I like to think of myself as being "a woman of an indeterminate age" as I think of women like us. Lucky me, I think I have begun menopause. Life just gets better and better. Not.

Kimberlie said...

PS - I have my yearly in three weeks. The only thing I am really dreading is the fact that though I weigh 30 lbs less than I did the last time I saw her, she's still going to lecture me about my weight. :( I do have hopes of getting down to my high school weight though and I'm not going to let my age tell me otherwise.

Kristin Ferguson said...

Just like I don't mind teenagers, I don't typically mind getting older either. Although my last mammo(diagnostic level type) was a wee bit pinchy! eeek.

Jean said...

Oh yes-I'm at that age too! Too bad... I guess I should just be thankful to be alive ;-)

I seem to always be busy on the colonoscopy day- darn ;-)