4/16/12

Threats

What a day.


I knew you'd ask.


I had a fine day.  It was fine.  We did school stuff.  You know.  This, that, the other.  I don't really remember.


Our entire school is in STATE TESTING MODE.  Except for kinder and first.  We're exempt.  No one seems to care when our District Testing rolls around with the Student Responder Nightmare Scenario . . . but we're all supposed to be there for everyone else.  


And I'm there.  Of course.  I'm in.  I'm happy it's not me, I can tell you that.   All that mumbo jumbo of all words, pictures, symbols, numbers, etc. must be covered up.   Desks have to be in rows.  We even got an urgent email today repeating that desks need to be four feet apart from the center of one desk to the center of the other . . . which means from corner to corner, there has to be twenty-four inches.  At first, I thought it was a math test prep question (and I didn't know the answer), but it was actually serious.  Geesh.  Yuck.  My desks are still in table groups because I am exempt.  And I'm not sure what I would do without all of the chit chat that is the soundtrack of my life, anyway.  Table groups it is.


So, anyway, there's that.


Then, I got a phone call from the doctor's office that I am supposed to go to tomorrow.  And since I disclose EVERYTHING on here, I might as well tell you.  


Don't freak out.


I'm fine.


I had a mammogram.  


I know!!!  I am WAY TOO YOUNG to have one.  Or I look too young to have one.  Or surely not!  (I'll take whatever compliment you want to give me.)  But, as you know, I'm special.  We've talked about this before.  I do not have normalcy when it comes to my body and the parts therein.


This was my third mammogram.  And they are always inconclusive.  


I have what they like to call . . . ahem.  Cough.  Sputter.  Dense Breast Tissue.


Let's just say this . . . they may be tiny but they are mighty.


So . . . this means I have to have an ultrasound.


I'm going to write that again with a little more enthusiasm.


I get to have an ultrasound!!!  AGAIN!  I can't wait!


My mammogram was back in February.  I've been waiting for the ultrasound since then.  I made plans.  Got a sub.  For the whole day because the appointment is smack dab in the middle of the day so I can't take a half day.  But I used my noggin.  I will be near my hair stylist's so I thought I'd kill one bird with two stones (I really don't like birds, but I don't think I would kill one with stones.  Or rocks.  Or a gun.  I would just run screaming the other way.)  I was ALL SET to be off tomorrow.  


You know where this is going, right?


I got a phone call today.  The message said my appointment is cancelled because there will be no doctors there.  And the next available appointment is at the end of May.  Please call back.


I couldn't call back.  I was taking away a lego from a kid teaching an amazing lesson.  


Meanwhile, I got another phone call.


This message was confirming my appointment for tomorrow.


Seriously?


I felt annoyed.  But I wanted to react calmly.  Nicely.  I mean, whoever was answering the phone was not at fault.  They don't know that I am a teacher and I got a sub and made a hair appointment and rearranged my tutoring and I have dark roots and I wanted to sleep in and I worked all five days last week and I wanted to stay up late and I told Sydney I would be home with her in the morning and and and . . .


I explained the "situation" to the scheduler.  She repeated that yes, the appointment is cancelled, and yes, the next appointment isn't until the end of May.


This could only mean one thing.  So I said what I was thinking.


"Obviously, whatever you saw on my mammogram back in February is nothing.  Right?  It's okay to put this off until the end of May because it's nothing serious, right?"


She put me on hold.


And, oh, I don't know . . . thirty minutes later, I magically have an appointment for tomorrow somewhere in another location far away.   


Huh.


I know I'm fine.  I just think I scared the scheduler.  I don't know.  Maybe it came out like a threat even though I didn't intend it . . . I don't really know how to threaten people.  


You better get me an appointment or I'm going to blog about it!


You better get me an appointment or I'm going to eat some ice cream!


You better get me an appointment or I'm going to have a Cadbury mini egg!


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When I got home, I had a jury summons waiting for me.


Some of you already clicked out of this post in fear that it's coming for you next.  I understand.


I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure jury duty caused my heart condition.


That was my Monday.


As for tomorrow, I will be topless.

35 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness- what a day!!!! Yikes! I am wishing you luck tomorrow! And at least you can sleep in and hang out with Sydney in the morning! :-)

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  2. Bless your heart. Hope your tomorrow is better. I think you deserve 2 Cadburry mini eggs. :D

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  3. Big hugs to you my sweet, sweet friend! God is in control of ALL of this!

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  4. Oh. My. Word! You are so very funny! I love you and your amazing outlook on everything! You bring sunshine and laughter into every scenario. Thank you for sharing your wit with us everyday! On a more serious note, I hope everything turns out great tomorrow. You're in my prayers. :-)

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  5. Kristin,
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight and tomorrow. Your blog is my fave-I don't have one but check in with you every day to see what is new in your life. Hugs to you and positive thoughts. Liz in South Dakota

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  6. Great!
    Now we are all picturing a topless teeny tiny teacher!
    (You could start a WHOLE NEW blog with that one!!!!)

    Seriously, you'll be in my thoughts tomorrow!
    Staci

    Going Nutty!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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  7. Hope all goes well...even though we're all squirming for you!

    ~Jen
    Hello Mrs Sykes

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  8. Oh no! Sounds like a horrible, no good, very bad day! I will Sprinkle some jury luck on you. I got a jury summons a few months back... I went in, waited an hour, was released, and sang/grooved in my car all the way home! Sending good thoughts your way!

    Sheila

    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

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  9. Haha, I love you!! Good luck with everything tomorrow and have fun gettin' your hair did :)

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  10. Oh my, what a day! Good luck with your appointment. Hope all goes well.
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

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  11. Girl, how do you make a whole post about your appointment being changed and it be entertaining? I don't talk too much about my life because I never think anything too exciting happens but now I'm thinking you could make something good out of it. Maybe that could be a new game for us..tell Kristin some tidbits about your day and see what she can do with it!? :-) Fingers crossed nothing too exciting comes of your appointment tomorrow.
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  12. Have fun sleeping in...I think a mammogram is worth a whole day off whenever the appointment is. Same thing for other lady only type doctor visits. I have one in May...taking the whole day. I deserve it after being poked and prodded, I don't want want to be poked and provoked by 5 year olds. I am taking the day.

    Sending prayers and happy thoughts your way. I truly hope all goes well (do you still get to keep your hair appt.?).

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  13. Very often something is going on in my life and you blog about the very same thing and make me smile instead of just being aggravated !! Good luck with the mammo and enjoy your day off :)

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  14. I am laughing at your sign off...

    I hope your day tomorrow is not as stressful as today... topless or not!

    Carolyn
    Sowing Seeds of Learning

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  15. I have the exact same, um, problem. Last year I found a lump and cried all night. I called my doctor, who set up and appointment for me in a surgery center...THAT SAME DAY! It turned out to be the dense tissue...but it was terrifying for me all the same.

    I'll be praying that all is well.
    -Megan

    First Grade Magic

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  16. omgosh girl! you will prevail through this! My prayers are with you today!!

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  17. Seriously, I KNEW "happy" and "monday" didn't belong in the same sentence...

    Didn't think "topless" and "tuesday" did either, though...so who am I to talk?!?!

    xoxo

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  18. I feel your pain. Mine are mighty, too. I have to get an ultrasound every year. =/ Good luck. I hope it's nothing! Go have a Cadbury egg anyways! =)

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

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  19. testing and topless.

    Boobs and roots.

    phone calls and mighty smalls.

    may be your best post yet.

    I am going to read it 6 more times.

    hugs, chocolate eggs, doggie kisses, and foils in your hair to you!

    love love you

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  20. That's great that you questioned the seriousness of having to come back if you had to wait till May. Another great blog!

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  21. I don't think people quite understand what goes into a teacher taking a day off. Wouldn't it be great to just call in sick and be done with it. Not plan forever for a sub and then pick up the pieces the day after you come back. Ahhh!
    I will be thinking of you tomorrow {not in a gross way because you'll be topless, haha!, but wishing you well!.}

    Jodi

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  22. Oh, Kristin, I feel for you with your mammogram issue. My sister has had the same exact issue the last several years. She even had a cyst removed when when was in college. (She's going to be 50 in May). She has had mammograms twice a year now, always gets called back for ultrasounds, gets drug into a little room with calming music, gets messages after doctor hours to call her, so of course she is thinking the worst...but so far things have been fine. She keeps telling me...I am about ready to tell them to take both of them and get me over this stress. I try to keep calm for her when she calls me in a panic with all of this, so I am the one digging in the Cadbury egg back...my advice have some Cadbury eggs!! Thinking of you!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  23. Good Luck!
    I hope all goes well.

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  24. I am sorry your Monday went that way. Good luck with your test results and try to enjoy your day off.

    learnplayandhavefun.blogspot.com

    Jessica

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  25. girl we should have met up for lunch somewhere in new mexico might be in the middle right???
    because I had to take a whole day too... and I scheduled my hair too!!!
    BUT I canceled my hair appointment because the Farley House and Freeman House (my parents) are full of sickies and since my hair diva comes to my mom's house well we didn't want her to get the crud too... poor bub is still yucky and now I have the coughs BUT I did go to my derm dr today to get my stitches out... wishing you luck and thinking about you!!! too bad we couldn't schedule LUNCH!!! maybe next time :)

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  26. I know it should be serious, but you had me rollin' on the floor! I hope you enjoyed your day--well, after being poked and podded!
    Barb
    meet me at the zoo...
    kinderzoo

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  27. Fingers are crossed for you. Everything will be fine, and you will still hopefully get to sleep in :)

    Halle
    Across the Hall in 2nd

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  28. I checked in today thinking we would hear news of who is moving to fifth grade, and was not prepared for all this dense breast tissue/jury duty stuff. My goodness girl, there is too much stress in your life. Take care of yourself and keep seeing the humor in everything. You are going to be just FINE! <3

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  29. Hope today went well! Keep us posted...we care about you :)

    Bonnie
    Living A Wonderful Life

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  30. Praying for you, friend!

    Kelli :)

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  31. I hope everything went well. I'm glad you were able to get an appnt. today.

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  32. I feel your pain and dense tissue-- I've had several scares with lumps, ultrasounds, mammograms and a biopsy--at a young age as well. Everything has come back fine-thankfully! It sure is scary though. Glad everything worked out for you!

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  33. I absolutely LOVE reading your blogs!! Your sense of humor rocks!! "They might be tiny but they are mighty"... I almost died! I can so relate! AND I can relate to the testing madness except I had to actually test these children! I'm a Para in a computer lab but, because we have such an abundance (i.e. shortage) of teachers that all us low people on the totem pole have to help out. I have been a zombie for the last four school days and I actually fell asleep yesterday after me and my students were done with our last test. Yes, I did.

    And I read your following blog before I read this one and I'm glad to know your "good to go" for a while!

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