Given both tests' results, I don't need to follow up with an immediate second opinion/second mammogram. I'll keep doing self-exams and will go for another set of tests (perhaps at a different clinic with a different radiologist) in late spring.
Waiting for the radiologist this morning, though... and waiting for the results... I felt so very scared.
My doctor has now become a good friend, though, and he put me at ease during the last week both when he gave me my initial exam and today.
He and I also had a good chuckle in the process...
Earlier this week when he diagnosed Natalia with Strepp, he also gave me a breast exam. Natalia was almost asleep in a partitioned area of the office while he examined me, so she wasn't watching. After the doctor finished and left to schedule my mammogram, I got up to get dressed. Natalia then saw me with nothing on above the waist and yelped, rather loudly, "Get your shirt on before the doctor sees your boobs!!!!"
(Hmm... He'd done quite a bit more than see them just minutes earlier...)
Turns out that everyone in the waiting area had heard, and they tried to hide their giggles as we walked out...
The nurses had also told my doctor, who was rather amused. We then also chuckled about his eclectic English vocabulary. When he first moved here from France, he knew hardly any English at all. I've watched him go from being a rank beginner to becoming rather proficient! He no longer needs me to translate for him when he examines the girls, for example.
But "lump"? "Fibroid'? Not exactly the most useful English vocabulary! Certainly not going to come in handy on a tourist's visit to New York! :-)
I'm glad that I don't now need to also master a whole new area of Russian vocabulary... A journey inside Russian medical clinics, though, would have provided a whole new bunch of blogging fodder... I'll thankfully now find something else to write about!