I went for my saline infusion sonogram (SIS) today. Walking into the building, I could feel my anxiety almost immediately ratchet up. I mean, I think my RE’s great, the staff at the office has always been fantastic, but it’s the site of more than a few Really Bad Days so my body/mind seems to have a fairly automatic response to walking through the doors.
I checked in, waited, and was ushered through to the ultrasound room. Changed. Dr. E came in and, seeing my reader, asked what I was reading. “Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owen’s book Medical Bondage, about James Marion Sims, the origins of American gynecology, and the way the use of Black enslaved women and Irish immigrant women as test subjects has influenced pervasive myths about pain tolerance and such that are still coming up today,” I responded*.
Never let it be said that I am not honest (and exceptionally bad at making small talk).
Dr. E thankfully engaged the topic and so that’s a good bit of what we talked about while I had my SIS.
As far as results, things look fine. My ovaries are mildly polycystic (the usual) and my uterus is clear. Now I get to wait for September.
*It’s an excellent book so far – if a hard read – that absolutely deserves a serious discussion of its own. I read about it on NPR’s Code Switch Book Club and picked it up because anything that talks about medical biases regarding race and sex, especially ones that effect perception of pain and treatment, is an extremely relevant read professionally and personally.
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