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Friday, April 27, 2012

Guard Your Breasts. Have a Mammogram!

On Friday morning I went in for my yearly mammogram. Not my most favorite exam in the world, but certainly not the worst either. I was the only one in the waiting area of the diagnostic imaging center. What to draw?

Oh, there was a guard sitting behind a very high counter, I could just see the top of his head peeking over the top and one arm resting on his chair. He never looked up. I have no idea what he was protecting. I wondered if they worried about women going crazy from having their breast squeezed between a metal plate and a plastic shield. But no one seemed to be acting the least bit crazed.
Like I said in my journal I was careful to be very well behaved there.

I didn't want to give the guard any reason for coming out from his comfy chair and hiding place.

There was a nice painting hanging on the wall behind him.

I drew this very quickly in ink before I was called in for my exam. And I painted it later with some old watercolors and some new ones I picked up at a garage sale on my way home.

Enjoy your weekend.

25 comments:

  1. I had my first one this year and all was well......
    Hope yours will be too!

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  2. I had my first one in March, too. :)
    Not a very nice experience.....
    Your sketch is wonderful!!

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    1. Thanks Simona! And welcome. Do come back.

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  3. I confess I've never had one ... I love the humour (humor) in this, Lynn; and the sketch (it's a lot more than a sketch though!)

    Do you realise I have not mentioned my 4 granddaughters yet? ... don't worry I will!

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    1. Thanks John. Can't wait to "meet" your 4 grand daughters! (I have 5, 2 boys and 3 girls)...aren't they GRAND?!

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  4. Lovely picture, my wife also makes a yearly mammogram.

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  5. I wonder why the security guard? I've never seen one around here any time I've gone for this treatment. ?? You did a nice job of sketching him.

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  6. Glad you got your mammo...you were a good girl!!! :)

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  7. good woman, that security guard must have a boring job, why would they need on there????Great painting too!Did he notice you sketching him?

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    1. No, Laurie, he never looked up. Not once. I never saw his eyes!!! He must be guarding something on his desk top!?

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  8. That's hilarious Lynn! It's difficult to be funny in art. Good job.
    Happy Painting.

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    1. Thanks Nora, it was quite humourous!

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  9. Wow.. WELL DONE!! Your work just gets better. My curiosity wouldn't have been able stand it.. I would have had to ask WHY they needed a security Guard there.. Goodness.

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  10. your drawings and paintings: better and better and better.

    lynn, you have to go to sharon love joy's blog and see her post today on quits. you'll find her on my sidebar.

    because there you will find a quilt called blue boobs and i think you will extra super appreciate it :^)

    (not to mention so many wonderful quilts)

    love
    love
    kj

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  11. Lynn, your "drawings-turned-paintings" are always an amazement to me. How I wish I had the drawing ability you do or even half the insight to try to put down on paper what I observe around me. The security guard! Now, who would have thought to sketch him? You did a great job on that. It made a wonderful sketch. When you added the color it took on real life. Keep up the sketch-painting because it really is encouraging to me. Maybe I'll be sure to keep a pen and pad in my pocketbook. BTW, I do get the mamms done every year. I think the worst exam is the colonoscopy, not the exam itself, but the prep.

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    1. thanks Faye and I hope you will try your hand at drawing what you see in public. It's great fun.
      I agree that the prep for the colonoscopy is the worst! Eye exams are also difficult for me.
      But those I can get up and walk away from. The C. prep is a killer! LOL Thank G-d they are ten years apart.

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  12. I've never seen security at my mammograms. Must be much more lively at your office for that annual fun. Drawing would make the wait so much more enjoyable! Love how you've got him hidden!

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  13. The booby patrol! Yikes! What a wonderful sketch and funny story!

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  14. What a fab drawing- I would be far too anxious to draw if waiting for a mammogram- I loathe and detest those scrunchy machine. Ugh, as if my boob aren't floppy enough already! LOL.

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  15. Absolutely stay up with your mammograms! A mammogram saved my life. I'm a three year BC survivor. My breasts did not survive; they are gone, but I'm still here and a better pianist (cross overs are a lot easier without breasts getting in the way) and artist (what I took for granted BC, I didn't take for granted afterwards).

    Great painting Lynn. I'm fooling around with my new iPad sketch pad apps in waiting rooms; fascinating, don't need a lot of stuff in your bag and no one knows you're drawing them. I like it. It's a nice relief from traditional mediums.

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  16. funny visual image as to why the security guard - I'm glad you behaved :)
    I'm overdue for mine - thanks for the reminder!

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  17. What a great way to spend the time in the waiting room. And now you have this lovely watercolor sketch (and a great story to go along with it!). Had to laugh about the women running amok!

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  18. That IS a very nice sketch Lynn,,great color combo.
    Security guard,,,,can't imagine, unless some women go ballistic under pressure.
    (sorry)
    I will be due in July, and never miss, as my Mom had a double mastectomy.

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  19. Very funny! Well captured as well:-)

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  20. What a riot! I love your drawings of "real life" Lynn. Good question, why a guard?
    Did you get searched?! Oh, yes as a matter of fact you did...but in a cause favorable to your health.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog to leave a comment. Congrats on all your sales along the right column.

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