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.