You might want to know why I titled this post “Cardiology Stress Test and Boobs.” You also might be thinking what does a cardiology stress test and boobs have in common? This all started when I was referred to get a Cardiology stress due to chest pain I had been experiencing on my left side of, well…. literally in my boob!
I showed up to the hospital in shorts, t-shirt, and running shoes with my hair in a pony- tail ready for the cardiology stress test. I’m placed in this little room that has a treadmill, hospital bed, EKG monitor, and an ultrasound machine all squeezed into this little space. There were 3 hospital staff to help with this process – an EKG tech, a nurse and the ultrasound tech. The nurse walks in and says, “put this robe on with the opening in the front.” She walked out and I took off my top and put the robe on with the opening in the front as she instructed. The nurse walks back in and says, “why do you still have your bra on?” I wasn’t sure what she meant – am I supposed to walk/sprint on the treadmill braless? If you are gifted (or cursed) with a healthy sized bust, you know that running without a bra can be painful for sure – you could also probably get a black eye or knock yourself out if you are not careful!
I took off the bra and the nurse proceeded to place all of the stickers on my chest while cranking up the EKG. Rocco, a young man in his mid-twenties was the ultrasound tech and he began by conducting an ultrasound of my heart at a normal rhythm. I had to have my gown open so Rocco could do his job – let’s just say that after two pregnancies and the subsequent breastfeeding, my “girlies” are not as perky as they once were. As I laid on my side I pretty much laid on my boob and the other one hung down where the one I was laying on should have been. I told Rocco, “Let me pull my breast out of my armpit and get comfy.” His face turned slightly crimson. Then I said, ” Don’t worry my decorum is out the door right now.” I thanked Rocco because he did show me some awesome pictures of my heart and for being such a trooper given my nonsense. He said, “I will never forget your great sense of humor.”
After the test, I was pretty nervous because they send the test results to the cardiologist, who will let me know if there are any issues with my heart. Fortunately, it turns out my heart is perfect and working normally. I always try to find the positive/humorous side in a stressful situation – this helps me cope with what my mind is processing. I’m sure many have had those awkward moments at the doctor’s office. Have you had any awkward moments at the doctor’s office? How do you deal with them?