Mammograms and prostate exams  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
7/21/2005 7:04 am

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Mammograms and prostate exams

Ooh, isn't that a pleasant sounding topic?

jayR63 had a couple of postings on her blog the other day about having to go in for a mammogram, and that led to some good-natured banter about which is worse, a mammogram or a prostate exam.

I can't speak about mammograms, never having had one. I've had several prostate exams, and I don't consider them any big deal. (Which is not to say I enjoy them, jayR. Nope, not gonna cop to that!) They last all of about twenty seconds--not long enough to develop an emotional attachment--and one could save my life someday. So I take it in stride.

What I hate are some of the other things that go on at the urologist's office. I once had a chronic prostate infection that required a visit to a specialist. The nurse inserted a catheter into my urethra, which sounded (and was) bad enough. But she hit something called a vagal nerve (you nurses out there, enlighten me on this one), and AY CARUMBA! OMG! OMFG! It was like a combination of sex and death. Not that I know what either is like.

Anyway, I hope the results of jayR's mammogram are good news. She's cool.

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11240 posts
7/21/2005 9:21 am


but yes, it's definitely worth the probability of being saved ....

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/21/2005 10:58 am

oooh COOL am I?

The vagus nerve is AKA the "traveling nerve".
(must reference anatomy text here...give me a minute)

Have some dessert while you wait for me

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/21/2005 11:13 am

OK, ready?
The vagus nerve originates in the medulla oblongata, a region of the brainstem.
It travels all the way down to the small intestin, branching off along the way.
Its functions include swallowing, taste, speech, pulmonary, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal regulation, sensations of hunger, fullness, and intestinal discomfort.
The cause of your mixed responses are because its motor functions terminate in (among other places) the thoracic and abdominal internal organs.

That cleared things right up, didn't it?

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

7/21/2005 2:25 pm

Of course you're cool, jayR. You've got the sunglasses to prove it. (Tell me those are cheap sunglasses, like in the ZZ Top song.)

Thanks for the anatomy lesson. I think the nurse must have hit every function. That's why it took so long, or seemed to. She wanted to make sure she didn't miss anything. "You're not having any intestinal discomfort yet? How about now?" *poke poke*

All I know is, give me a prostate exam any day. For that matter, give me a mammogram any day.

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