Wednesday, 1/31/18

ADDITIONAL IMAGING

Returned to Houston Methodist Breast Care Center for additional imaging. Had one round of images taken and sent to waiting room. Called back for a second round of images and returned to waiting room. Called back for a third round of images using another machine and returned to waiting room. The tech came in after the third round of mammogram imaging and said they will need ultrasound. I was brought to another area and proceeded with an ultrasound. The tech did her part and then left the room, asking me to stay in the position. She returned with the radiologist who continued the exam. I felt anxiety setting in. The radiologist began her explanation, that there are two suspicious masses that will need to be biopsied. I stared at the wall and began to cry. I straightened myself, got dressed, and went into a consult room to speak with a nurse. The procedure was explained along with directions for getting clearance from my other doctors to stop taking full strength aspirin. I have AFib and Lupus complications (high positive IGM cardiolipin antibodies which thickens the blood). The two conditions (individually, and especially, combined) put me at risk for stroke.

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Christine Cadiz

Houston-based writer making contributions through truth- and story-telling. Sometimes dark, often insubordinate, and always raw, a balance is struck in each conclusion that evokes a sense of resolve to the absurd drama so intricately woven into our human experience. You will find short stories sometimes based in truth, true stories sometimes based in harsh reality, musings that may strike a nerve, writing prompts just for fun, and a novel or two in the works. Welcome, and thank you for reading. Christine Cadiz was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1964. She was a kid in the Florida Keys and an adult in Miami. She's been writing since she was nine-years-old and was a Journalism major before quitting college to earn a living. Christine worked in marketing and advertising for seventeen years. She stayed in Florida for forty-three years before relocating to North Carolina and then Texas with her family. She is married and has three daughters and a dog. They currently reside in Houston.

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