“Dear” X-Ray Tech

Just do your job.

“Dear” Becky (aka x-ray tech),

When Lovely Daughter, who is barely 21, visited your fine establishment yesterday to have an ultrasound on her breasts, she did not need your passive aggressive comments. Yes, she is only 21. Yes, we realize it is not “normal” for a 21 year-old to be screened for breast problems (aka CANCER), and yes, we realize she was referred by HORRORS, “a nurse practitioner, not even a doctor,” but shut your pie-hole and do your job.  You didn’t need to consult with a radiologist before administering the ultrasound because you had ORDERS to perform the procedure.  Her healthcare provider ordered it.  Insurance approved it.  Her mom approved it.  Her medical provider was concerned enough that she was finding multiple lumps in Lovely Daughter’s breasts and concerned enough that Lovely Daughter’s mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer that she was being proactive and wanted additional testing to rule out any problems.  You scared and intimidated my child.  You are so lucky Lovely Daughter did not hop off the table to retrieve me because you so do not want to get into a cancer dialogue with me.  My doctors’ estimate cancer was growing in my body for approximately seven years before it was caught, which meant I developed it in my early 30’s.  Seriously girl, do you really believe the stereotype that breast cancer only hits “older” women?  Have you ever heard of early detection?  It is not your place to attempt medical counsel; it’s your place to perform the tests you were directed to perform.  Thank God for every one of you, there are millions of x-ray techs out there who are compassionate, caring, and understanding.

Please ask the director of your facility to send you to sensitivity training.  Oh, and by the way, my daughter-in-law is a nurse practitioner and for years my immediate medical provider was my beloved nurse practitioner.  You really are clueless.  Lastly, my breast cancer was not detected by ultrasound which both an x-ray tech and a radiologist performed.  So, take that.


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nancyspoint
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 09:19:11

    You tell ’em!! I can feel your anger and mothering instincts kicking in through your words here. Good for you. Treating your daughter that way was deplorable. As a mother of a young woman myself, I worrry about this bc being passed on to her too. I understand where you are coming from. Most importantly, I’m so happy to hear things checked out alright. Hugs to you both. And I hope you do report your dissatisfaction to somebody.


  2. JulieD
    Jun 30, 2011 @ 07:14:04

    Ugh, people like this make women not go in for exams and diagnostic testing. I’m so sorry for your daughter. Glad you’re reporting it. Hugs to you and your daughter.


  3. cpeezers
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 17:57:18

    I hope your daughter’s ultrasound reveals no problems. That’s infuriating, and I hope you do call someone so that person receives training. That’s a terrible way to treat a young girl.


    • Karma Per Diem
      Jun 29, 2011 @ 23:13:14

      Thanks–luckily no problems showed up, but she said it was obvious the girl was doing a rush job on her and irritated that she was having to do it on someone so young. Plus, like I said, my tumor was never visible on an ultrasound even when the doctor tried finding it…. I’m reporting it tomorrow to the hospital.


  4. Jennifer
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 21:28:32

    Ugh! Some people… Sorry you had such an awful day yesterday. I hope today was much better!


  5. Sue
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 17:00:44

    My friend please do report this as the more people understand the better. You will help to spare others the same experience. Sending you and your lovely daughter love and prayers.


  6. Stacey
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 14:33:13

    Oh Lisa, how frustrating, for lack of writing a nastier word here. I’m sure it was hard enough on your daughter just being there. Some techs just don’t know where to draw the line. On the other hand, as I was reading I was thinking how lucky your daughter is to have you for support. Best wishes to you both and yes, write a letter suggesting sensitivity training. Love that.


  7. Lovely Daughter
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 13:39:27

    Love you Mommy! You tell em!


  8. Tricia @ {every}nothing wonderful
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 12:33:49

    I’m with Joyce! The boss needs to know – this is 100% unacceptable!

    Also, hoping and praying they found nothing.


    • Karma Per Diem
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 12:44:31

      Thanks Tricia–I seriously am considering taking this up with her boss. And yes, it appears everything is okay, but again, my tumor wasn’t able to be found on an ultrasound. I’m just a worried mommy. We’re watching everything closely….


  9. BreastCancerSisterhood.com
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 12:21:26

    You tell ’em, girlfriend! You gotta’ wonder how people are so clueless, especially since they’re more than likely aware of the breast cancer gene. It took a lot of courage for your daughter to get checked and to be met with that response….. Makes me mad!

    Brenda Coffee


    • Karma Per Diem
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 12:31:09

      Brenda, thanks for reading my post–I really could not believe that someone who was relatively young herself could have acted so inappropriate with my daughter, particularly in light of all the circumstances. Sheer stupidity. You’re right, it did take a lot of courage for my daughter (who wanted her mommy there) and to have this first experience be so intimidating was so wrong. We in the sisterhood know better, don’t we?


  10. Joyce
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 10:35:58

    Whoa. Sounds like this was a bad experience, and they obviously don’t know you!!!! You need to send this to Becky’s boss.


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