Friday, September 30, 2011
... my mammogram appointment today.
I decided to walk because the weather was perfect for a brisk walk. I left extra early so that I could get in at least 30 minutes of walking on the way to the clinic. I arrived about 8 minutes early and thought I was golden. Upon my check-in attempt I was told that the clinic no longer does mammograms... What's this you say?
"Nope, sorry. All mammograms are now done at the hospital."
And, I'd walked to the clinic. So...
I grabbed the cell and phoned the hospital. Asked if I should even bother with the run home to get my vehicle so I could drive the five miles to the hospital, or if I should reschedule...
"No problem, Mary. Come on out."
So, I ran, RAN, all the way home. And, sweaty mess that I was, jumped in my rig and drove to the hospital, leaving my driver's license and purse at home. Fortunately, though, my insurance card and my bank card were in my fanny pack and I did have those with me. I arrived 20 minutes late. Apologized all over myself a couple hundred times, went through the registration process and all the rest. Twenty minutes later, I was on my way out the door.
I got in some good cardio, what with my terror-stricken response to being late (which I really hate!) and all the walking and RUNNING (which I am also not too fond of).
So, how did it happen that I didn't know where to go for my mammo? Well, there's a brand-spanking-new hospital in town. My clinic was recently merged with Essentia Health, and another clinic was recently bought out by Sanford Health. With all the acquisitions and the new hospital, apparently there has been a conservation of resources, perhaps to save money? To reduce costs to patients? Yeah. THAT'S the ticket! Lol!
Whatever the case, I now know where to go for a mammogram now. Too bad I won't be living here when I need to get my next one!