Friday, 28 November 2014

Let's Talk Boobs: Core Needle Biopsy Fun

Today's post is a bit different. I wasn't sure if I should write it mainly because I didn't know if anyone would read it. Then I thought screw it, even if you guys don't read it it will still be on the interweb and it may help someone. As someone who goes to Doctor Google(I know I shouldn't!!!!), I know this would have made me feel better. If you are gonna go to doctor Google, at least I can offer you a not so scary tale.

So back story, last December while trying to sleep I had some pain in my boob. I thought it was my bra(Yes I sleep in it. That is how I roll!) digging into me. But when I felt around it turned out to be a lump.

Now when it comes to health issues, I am super paranoid. If something like that shows up it NEEDS to be looked at asap. So I went to a walk in clinic as my GP does not work over the weekends. She said she thought it was a benign tumor called a fibroadenoma, and she sent me for an ultrasound. The results came back as we are pretty sure this is what this is. Let's check it out again in 6 months.

7 months later I got a second ultrasound, and the walk in clinic doctor said that it had grown rapidly in the past 2 months and they want to do a core needle biopsy, just to make sure it was for sure what they thought it was. And she told me not to worry. Then she asked if I had been on my period at the time of the ultrasound, I told her yes. Apparently the kind of lump they thought it was has a tendency to grow during that time of the month. Then she sent me on my way with a requisition for an appointment.

So after that appointment I actually got in contact with my GP. I really didn't like the walk in clinic doctor(and I had no idea that when you go to a walk in clinic THAT doctor is put in charge of all your tests and nothing gets sent to your GP unless you ask). Despite having all my info in front of her she got my info wrong. Not only that but you would think the place I got the ultrasound done would have asked if I was on my period seeing as that is an important factor!

So my GP then sent a new requisition out the the hospital I go to if I need to go to a hospital. I got an appointment 2 weeks later. I had to cancel that in the end and I was scheduled a new appointment for 2 weeks after that.

The day of the appointment I took a T3 and I brought the Boy with me, because if I brought someone like my mother she always makes me feel even more nervous(It may be because she was a nurse). Anyways I got in at around 9:40 and they made me take everything off from the waste up, and put a gown on. Then I got to wait for another hour even though my appointment was at 10. So I went in at 11-ish and then I got to spend another 15 minutes reading a page I had to sign. Finally the guy doing the biopsy came in, they prepped me and then numbed my boob. It kind of felt like the needle you get when you go to the dentist. Then he marked off where they were going to make the incision. My first thought was "No one said they were going to cut me" and my second thought was "The lump is on the other side of my boob...You are going to skewer me, aren't you?". So they way the biopsy works is they stick a large needle in you, and that needle contains another needle that shoots into the mass and removes tissue. They took 3 samples from me, but I read of other people having more. I also read how this was wicked painful for some people. I can safely say it did not hurt at all, but it was super uncomfortable.  There was a lot of pressing and pulling going on and it didn't feel great, but it didn't hurt.

When it was all said and done they made me put pressure on the incision for a few minutes to stop the bleeding. They then just put a Band-Aid on it and told me to leave it on for 24 hours. When I left I got some acetaminophen to take and went back to the boys place. By the time we got back to his place I went to the bathroom and I noticed that I had totally bled through the Band-Aid and my bra. I ended up having to tape gauze over it(That's all the Boy had). I continued bleeding on and off for about 2 days. Overall I wasn't in pain, but it did hurt to do thing like lift my arms in the air, or pick up heavy stuff. I also could not lie on my stomach for almost 3 weeks.

I got the results back 2 weeks later, and it turned out it was what they had thought it was and it was indeed benign. My doctor says if I want I can get it taken out. I'm going to try and get another ultrasound in the new year and see if it is smaller. If it is I think I'll just leave it be for now. If it's grown or it start to bother me a lot I will for sure get it out.

Again I know this was a different and long kind of post, but I hope it made someone feel a little less worried.

Now for something I little less worrisome. A Pugicorn!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

A-Z Challenge - Elegant: En Pointe

First off to all my American readers I hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend. Now today A-Z challenge letter was E for Elegance.  When I saw this is wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do, but I kept going back to ballet. Specifically Misty Copeland, an American ballet dancer, who was also the first African American soloist in this history of the American Ballet Theatre. Ballet it's in my opinion the perfect fusion of elegance and strength. Especially when watching dancers like Misty.

For this manicure I used a base of Essence Sweet as Candy. The glitter is a some loose pink glitter and some silver glitter from Sally Girl(I can't find a name on it). For the pointe shoes I used CND Rosebud.

Misty Copeland

To see more amazing manicure check out what the rest of the ladies doing the challenge did!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A-Z Challenge - Dark: Are You Local?

So some of you may know this about me, but I love writing comedy. In fact one day I would love to be a comedy writer with my own show. I am currently in a sketch troupe so of course there are other sketch troupes I look up to. One of my favourites would have to be the dark comedy stylings of The League of Gentlemen. They are very much the kind of humor I like and the style I prefer to write. I love going to those dark, twisted places that make you laugh, but at the same time make you think "Wow that is kind of messed up". When I saw the inspiration for the A-Z challenge was Dark, I knew I had to do something League of Gentlemen related.

My manicure today is inspired by the sign leading into the fictional town of Royston Vasey and the roads on the sides represent the new road they are planning to build into the town.  The new roads are especially alarming to  Edward and Tubbs, They own a Local Shop and you can see it in the photo with the sign. They don't like ANYONE who isn't local(hence why the road is a bad thing), and they have a tendency to murder people. They are also married as well as brother and sister.

If you are into dark comedy you NEED to watch this show yesterday! Here's one of my favourite clips from it. A cop goes into Edward and Tubbs shop, looking for a missing hiker(who they killed). And as you guessed it hilarity ensues.

Are there any fans of this show who also read my blog?

FUN FACT: This post was written in it's entirety before the manicure was even started.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Freddie Mercury- September 1946 – 24 November 1991

I was actually going to FINALLY post my A-Z Challenge today, as it slipped my mind and I totally neglected to post it to the blog. But I'm am pushing that back a day as this is somethiing I really want to post today.

So this is my Freddie Mercury mani. As it has been 23 years since he passes away. If you have been following me for a while you will know of my love for boy bands. You will also know that my love of Queen trumps that(and all other music for that matter). All them members were extremely talented, especially Freddie. Even though I am not in music I still look up to him as a writer.  I'm sad I never got to see Queen in their original lineup and if I ever invent time travel, that will be the first thing I do.

Pardon my stamping. I'm still a noob.

Plate is from MoYou London's Rockstar Collection and it's #8.

ETA Favourite Queen Song:

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A England-Briarwood: My Red Addiction.

So I like collecting polish, but I'm not one of those people who has 1000+. I tend to keep my collection to under 300, which in the normal people world is insane already. I pick and choose what I own carefully, which is why I have so few polishes I don't love. This is also the reason I have so few similar polishes. Unless it's a colour I use a lot chances are I will have no dupes or even close to dupes.

Unless it's a deep, vampy red with shimmer.

This is the only colour I have a hard time not picking up. It just makes me melt as I love most reds in general. They just have an umph factor to them. A England Briarwood from the Burne-Jones Dream Collection is no exception. It's that deep vampy, shimmery, pigmented red, filled with scattered holographic glitter. Done in a way that only A England could do it. Keeping with A England tradition, this polish has AMAZING formula. I used two coats, but I could have gotten away with one. And photographing this beauty was sooooooo hard. Pictures do not do it justice!

If you are a red lover you NEED this. And if you need a vampy red in your collection, I suggest this be the one you snag! Here are all the places that sell A England:

 Light box
 Natural light bulb flash
Artificial light bulb flash

Thursday, 13 November 2014

A-Z Challenge - Copy Cat: Watercolour Flowers

It's that time of the week again! Time to do the A-Z Challenge. This week the letter was C and we had to go off of Copy Cat. For this manicure I decided to recreate someone elses mani with my own twist.

This is actually something that I had saved on my phone and was going to do eventually. It's originally done by the amazingly talented _lastrega. Mine was done using acrylic paint and white polish. The one thing I was trying to do was get my flowers to look solid, but bleed together. It kind of did that on my middle finger, but because the flowers dried quickly it was hard to bleed them.

I'm super please with how these turned out. I wasn't even going to wear them as a proper manicure, just some quick art. Does any one else ever do that every now and then? Just do art for the sake of art and then take it off right away?

Without Top Coat
 With Top Coat
 The Original
A photo posted by @_lastrega on

Saturday, 8 November 2014

A-Z Challenge - Bold: Nefertiti and the Nubbins

So my original idea went out the window after a few screw ups(I blame the short nails), but I am happy with what I settled on. The theme for this week is Bold. So I chose to take my inspiration from someone who was bold. Nefertiti.  She was the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten, and together they reigned at what was one of Ancient Egypt's most wealthy periods as well as creating a new religion. I doubt someone who was timid could do that.

ETA: I started this post on Thursday and intended to post it that night BUT I was super busy getting ready for a show. As soon as I took the photo for instagram I just took off the mani w/o taking proper photos. So you'll a)Have to forgive me for being late 2)Forgive me for the photo.

ALSO as you can see for the first time since I have been doing my nails(4 years), I had a break bad enough that they all had to go. Now they are uneven and blah. #prayercircle.

Here is the bust. The colours are a bit faded, but then again that's what a few thousand years does.

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