Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Spa Experience

A few years ago I went to a spa. I normally would not spend the huge amount of money to go to one but it was a job perk freebie, so I went. It was pretty awesome. You go in and kind of just hang around in these big fluffy robes sipping lemon water and chai chi tea infusions. It smells wonderful, you relax & listen to soothing music. Later on get a massage, a manicure, soak in a hot tub etc..... wow

Well today I almost got to relive my spa experience. I went for a mammogram because two of my doctors insisted it was necessary. yep. soo

I walked into the office to hear soothing music tinkling in the background. There was a huge bubbling fountain and beautiful wall hangings all over. And I sat in an area alone. Just like at the spa. I was called into another room where I changed into a fluffy robe and ended up in another lovely waiting area with soothing music. Ahhhh this is the life isn't i? Everything was spotlessly clean and lovely looking. Then I spied a table that had a huge container of lemon infused water with real sliced lemons in it. And right next to it a fancy espresso machine with every kind of cafe latte, chai tea mixes you could ever imagine. Far too soon it was time for my mammogram so I took a package of hot chocolate latte extreme with me to try at home later.

It was over quickly and I was on my way. And to tell you the truth? I really was happier and more relaxed. I felt like a person and not an appointment. If only all medical appointments could be this nice.

And then shortly after I left I remembered how the AMA now recommends mammograms starting at age 50. A decade later than previously suggested. I'm 45. Not quite there yet. Now I'm wondering if my insurance will even cover any of the appointment. If it's not recommended by the AMA they don't have to approve it no matter how many doctors told me to do it. Funny how this just came about after health care was passed. Probably by next month the AMA will have decided that pap smears aren't needed yearly, no one needs their cholesterol checked and old people should crawl into the corner never to be heard from again.

I guess in truth my spa mammogram will cost about 10 times as much as a regular spa visit.

I hate Obama and his horrid health care


ReformingGeek said...

I think Obama told everyone on The View this morning that he's solved all the problems.




Your mammo sounds lovely.


Brian o vretanos said...

Insurance is evil.

Here where we have state provided health care, the doctors seem to have more say.

Of course, there might be good health reasons for raising the age of tests. If you get too many false positives then you can actually end up harming more people than you help.

Bee said...

Hmmm you almost make want to go and get my boobs smashed!

How would you describe a colon cleanse??

Jean Knee said...

refreshing, tingly

Super Happy Girl said...

I did the boob smash thing last year. It's not as fun as I thought it was going to be.

You guys be nice to Obama. He is having a hard time with everyone breathing down his neck and stuff. I think he should take a vacation because I don't know he has take enough time off this year.

VE said... mean I have to pull my old man from out of the corner now?

And hey, stop by and leave a're not even on this year's blog roll! Sheesh...

Rhonda said...

Wow. I haven't had a bad mammogram experience, but it wasn't as pleasant as yours!

Obama on The View. Ugh.

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Charles Cage said...

Spending a day at the spa is my mom's favorite activity. It relaxes and rejuvenates her. It seems that she is happier after relaxing and being pampered. Anyway, speaking of mammograms, I think it's about time that I remind her about her appointment with the doctor this week.