My MRI is scheduled for Monday. That's going to be both without and with contrast. I'm not looking forward to the contrast (see my previous experience at http://thesilkentouch.blogspot.com/2011/05/3246-friday-thirteenth-has-vampires.html), but if they don't insist that I be dehydrated, it might be ok. Might.
The surgeon appointment is Wednesday. Apparently my biopsy results are interesting, because she requested that my appointment be moved up from Friday. Interesting. I have to be there about 8 am, to see her before she goes into surgery.
On the subject of double mastectomy, I've been thinking about what the radiologists said about surgeons being reluctant to remove healthy tissue.
They were perfectly happy to remove tonsils, even when they didn't know what they were good for. Same with the appendix. I don't know if it's still true, but when I lived in St. Louis, it was a state law that if the abdomen was opened for any reason, the perfectly healthy appendix had to be removed. Again, no one was sure what the appendix did. Also, all non-Jewish baby boys were to be circumcised, by state law. I especially remember that one because I caused a furor with the hospital when Daughter was born (1975), when I said that if she was a boy and was circumcised without our permission, I was going to sue for mutilation.
And of course there's plastic surgeons. They are more than willing to remove half your nose for no reason, or masses of useless fat anywhere.
I consider my breasts to be masses of useless fat that cause more current problems (back strain) and possible future problems (5 times more likely to have future tumor in the other breast) than they are worth (having no worth). So what's the problem?
Missouri scared me. There was the appendix thing, and the circumcision thing, and all this didn't come from doctors, it was the state legislature that made those decisions. Then, the legislature decided that if someone was discovered unconscious and taken to the ER, and their blood pressure was below a certain level, internal bleeding was to be assumed, (regardless of medical history or nature of injury), and the chest and abdomen were to be opened forthwith! (And of course I guess the appendix would be removed.)
What scared the heck out of me is that, at that time, my normal regular BP was below that cutoff. For more than a year I wore a medical bracelet with my normal BP noted on it, just in case I ever fainted from the heat or something.
Finally, there was Roe v Wade. The Missouri legislature freaked, and in their infinite wisdom, said, "Ok. You can have an abortion if you want. But you ain't gonna like it!", and passed (either proposed or passed, I'm not sure, although I believe it passed with almost no discussion) a law that said all abortions in Missouri for any reason would be by hysterotomy only. That was the first time I'd ever heard that word. It means "caesarean section". Missouri's doctors finally had enough, I guess, and rose up screaming.
I found this in reference to Britain's vote to leave the EU:
But this was not democracy in action. This was fascism in action. People voted because they were ignorant, and they were ignorant because the fascists are terribly, terribly good at propaganda. The people were manipulated.
What's amusing was that when I first read it, I thought it was referring to the Republican primaries.