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It's so rare to have them, that I thought I'd share! I have had a lump in my breast for about a year that I figured was a plugged duct, so didn't really worry about too much...but it's been a year, so I had my midwife look at it when I went in for my pap. She said she THOUGHT it was nothing, but that it'd probably be better to have a breast specialist look at it, just to be sure. She gave me the number for the local hospital's breast care center. Where I was talked down to and treated like a freak because I am nursing and my "baby" is 3 years old...and the soonest they can get me in is the middle of July.<br><br>
So, we called my husband's surgical oncologist at UofM, and asked HER for a recommendation there. She highly recommended the director of the Breast Center. They got me in (after some phone tag) literally overnight. Every single person from the time I walked in the door treated me like I "gasp" had a brain in my head.<br><br>
The head of breast imaging/radiology happened to be the one who performed my ultrasound and read the digital mammogram within seconds of it being taken. While he was starting the ultrasound, I asked a few questions about what we were seeing. I have some basic knowledge of the structure of the breast, so was able to ask INTELLIGENT questions, yes, but he would have answered me regardless...spent extra time zooming in on stuff, just to show me. Cool. Then showed me my mammogram pictures and talked to me about them, as well, and about current research on density and correlations with cancer later in life, etc. Mentioned to me, too, during the ultrasound, how nice it was that I had thought to bring my son with me to nurse right before the radiology part of the day, so that the images would be easier to read (apparently, fluid comes up as black splotches, and so do tumors...) and was happy to hear that I'd been lactating five years straight and that my baby was three. He said that they most likely wouldn't be seeing MY kids in for cancer treatments. What a change from the other hospital!<br><br>
Overall, even though I was there basically my entire day, I came out (tumor free, by the way!) with a really great taste in my mouth. I haven't ever worked there as a doula, but have been there with my husband's surgeries and now had my own "day" there, too...and have always just had the experience that the doctors and staff in general there are really eager to share what they know...not like it's some secret society where the people in the white coats know more than everybody else and plan to keep it that way! I hope that someday I'll find the same on the OB unit...<br><br>
Well, we can always dream, can't we?<br><br>
I guess I'm just so accustomed to a lack of courtesy now, because I'm in "hostile" OB units so often, that I'm no longer used to hospital staff being courteous and kind, and willing to share information...excitedly. It was a nice change.
 

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So glad to hear that!!!!!
 

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That's awesome that they were so accepting and really knew the benifits. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So glad you are okay!
 

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Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Me too! My HUSBAND, too! I really figured that, were it a tumor, it would be significantly larger by the time a year had passed...but thought it better to be safe rather than sorry. My husband was a little wigged out, though. Quietly, but wigged out, nonetheless! And, when I got home from the day, I was soooo exhausted. I realized that'd I'd been MUCH more tense about it than I'd known I was.<br><br>
Yes, I was actually rather surprised at the response I got, considering it IS the medical community, and in general, my experience with the medical community has been not soooo great when it comes to pro-breastfeeding attitudes.
 

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So, are you writing to the first hospital to tell them about your wonderful experience at the second hospital? Take the opportunity to let them know how their prospective patients are being treating and taking their money elsewhere. Congratulations on the clear reading!
 

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Is UofM U of Michigan? If so, I delivered my daughter there this past November, and had a really great experience, overall. I had my first child in another hospital and it was a pretty bad experience, but I had a wonderful birth at U of M. And if U of M is U of Some-Other-M, well then...never mind.<br>
Either way, glad to hear that you had a positive experience, and glad to hear that everything is okay!
 

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Yup, sorry, UofM is the University of Michigan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And, one of the reasons I thought to go there in the first place was that my husband has had two sarcomas removed from his abdomen, one at the hospital that gave me the hassle, and the second at the university of Michigan...the experience was really incomparable! The UofM doctors, staff, and nurses were really always on the ball and helpful. We LOVE his surgical oncologist, and really trust her like crazy. Sooo, I asked her for a reference for a surgeon she trusted who would know what she was looking at when looking at a lactating breast. She gave me the name of the doctor I ended up seeing...but it took several weeks to connect with her scheduler...and in the meantime I saw the midwife, and she gave me the name of a doc at the first hospital. They answered the PHONE right away, but were jerks. That same day, I simply emailed the doctor at uofm, and she emailed me right back, along with a promise that her nurse would call me with an appointment. And the nurse did so within minutes, for an appointment the next day! How's that for service? Then, and it's probably because the doc is the head of the breast care clinic and she has the best working with her, but then the head of breast imaging/radiology read my ultrasound and mammogram (and was the one who showed me stuff. cool.)<br><br>
As far as writing some love mail to the first hospital, you betcha. I want them to know how much money they lost and that every mammogram I'll be having for ever and ever amen will ALSO be lost to them and their health system. And why. Not that they care, really, but I'll tell them nonetheless. Wish I'd thought to get the scheduler's name.
 
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