Winter Assembly Show

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Today was another first for my husband and me.  OUR DAUGHTER SANG IN HER FIRST SCHOOL SHOW!  Teachers, faculty members, and volunteer parents did a fantastic job in making sure that everyone, who came to see the show, signed in with their identification cards.  You could sense the anticipation and joy in the air.  Once the lights were dimmed, it was show time.  Two classes were brought into the auditorium, while the other classes waited out in the hallway.   A student from each class was chosen to announce their respected classes and the song they were going to sing.  As soon as the first class started singing, I immediately thought of the Sandy Hook tragedy and my eyes started welling up.  I took a deep breath and composed myself.  After the students finished singing, we clapped for them and they got escorted back out into the hallway as the next classes made their way in.  Olivia’s class was last and they were singing the songs, “Mamacita, Donde esta Santa Claus?” and “All I Want for Christmas”.  When her class finally came in, we waved like mad so she could see exactly where we were seated.  As they positioned all the kids into their places, my daughter’s teacher guided her to the front and I was so surprised to see that she was going to be one of the announcers.  I was so excited and nervous for my little girl, but she did a great job in announcing her class and the name of the song.   I was so proud of her.  We had a wonderful time hearing and seeing her perform.  All of the kids did a great job and I made sure to clap extra hard for each class because I believe it made them smile more to hear how much we were enjoying their performance.  We can’t wait for more moments like this and we’re definitely going to treasure it for the rest of our lives.

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My beautiful star, Olivia, before going to school this morning.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

My 1st mammogram

Hello everybody!  I hope you all are doing well.  Yesterday I had my first mammogram and I wanted to quickly share this moment with you because it’s very important.  Every year I have a physical done that includes lab work, EKG, optical, and OB/GYN exam with my husband’s union plan.  This year, since I’m 35, a mammogram was also included and scheduled.  I have to admit that I was a bit scared, because I didn’t know what to expect.  I’ve heard the stories of how painful it is because they are literally pressing your breasts down as flat as they can and subjecting you to radiation, four times or more if they need more angles.  I don’t have a history of breast cancer in my family, but that’s not a reason not to get checked.  Bottom line, better safe than sorry.

The technician was wonderful in explaining exactly what was going to happen.  First thing I did was wiped away any residue of deodorant from under my armpits and breasts.  The tech informed me that there’s a chemical or was it ingredient (sorry!) in deodorants that can falsely show up as cancer on the x-rays.  Needless to say, I wiped and wiped, oh and wiped to make sure I was clean.  A few questions later, I was sitting in front of this massive, life saving machine.  She showed me where the radiation would come down from.  The trays, where your breasts are x-rayed, were right below.  She showed me the screen and foot pedal on the bottom of the machine.  This is where she’s able to lower the tray and see the amount of pressure that is placed upon each breast.  The higher the number, the better.  Higher meant more pressure in flattening your breast, but better image and less radiation.  I took that into great account.  She reassured me that I would not get stuck in the machine because there was an emergency release button.  Good to know!  🙂

When the technician was done showing me everything, it was time.  I stood up to face the machine and I was feeling ok, except for the fact that I knew this was going to hurt a bit.  There’s no way around that.  It was a little bit awkward as she lifted and positioned my breast onto the tray, but I got over that as soon as it came down.  HOLY COW!  The pressure was literally on, and she asked, “Can I go some more?”  Remembering what she had said about the flatter the breast, the less radiation and better picture I would get, I said, “Yeah,” through clenched teeth.  The tray went lower (OH MY GOODNESS), the technician said, “Hold still,” and she quickly took the x-ray.  The tray released immediately just like she said it would.  I’m not going to lie to you, but I also don’t want this message to deter you from getting this important test.  It does hurt, FOR A FEW SECONDS, and if you have a high tolerance for pain then it’s not that bad.  Onto the other breast, which she applied a lot more pressure, but I survived.  The other two x-rays were side angles of my breast, which is a lot trickier because the tray is also being lowered down on your shoulder so that hurts a bit as well, but in the end, the pictures came out great.  She immediately saw nothing of concern and I was done.  Yippee!

I am very happy to have gone through that experience and even happier that everything looked good.  She showed me the x-rays of my breasts on the computer and it is amazing to see that type of technology.  If you haven’t gone and you’re over 35, please consider taking this test because it’s very important for your health.  If you have any questions for me regarding my mammogram, I’ll be happy to share whatever I can with you.  Until next time…