Friday, November 18, 2011

A Surprise Encounter

I had an appointment for a routine mammogram recently. Not my favorite thing to do. In fact, it was about three months overdue because I had kept putting it off. After checking in and updating my paperwork at the front desk, I was advised to be seated in the waiting area and that the woman who would be doing the mammogram would call me when she was ready.

It wasn't long until I was called back and shown to a dressing room (shouldn't they call them UNdressing rooms?). I was told to just step into the torture chamber X-ray room when I was ready. When I did, the woman who was to take the X-rays asked me a question I'd never been asked at a mammogram appointment: "Do you have a blog?"

"Yes," I said, surprised.

"Are you a friend of Sandy's?" she asked.

"Yes," I said, even more surprised.

She told me that she had gone to school with my friend, Sandra, whose wonderful blog is Add Humor and Faith...mix well.

Curious, I asked how she had made the connection between me and Sandra. She told me that she reads Sandra's blog and had found my blog through that. She said that, when she first saw me, I looked familiar to her. Between the time she showed me to the UNdressing room and the time we met again in the X-ray room, she realized that I looked like the picture on Sandy's friend's blog.

When I got over my initial surprise at the direction the conversation had taken, I found myself pleased to meet a friend of Sandy's and to know that she also read my blog from time to time. It's always a bit of a surprise to me to learn that someone besides those who regularly leave comments are reading what I write. A pleasant surprise, at that.


  1. What a nice little boost of encouragement! :) It's hard to know just how many readers you have based on comments. I've been a little surprised myself once or twice.

  2. You're a celebrity!

    Seems like you've been busted.

    Always nice.. titilating, even to learn that others are keeping .. abreast of your blog.

    I'm sure you'll never forget this encounter.. it'll be in your mammary banks forever.

    Thanks for indulging my silliness, Linda. I can be such a boob sometimes. ;)

  3. Wow,that's great. I be this made the whole process go a little better.

  4. Elizabeth - It WAS a nice little "boost of encouragement," as you say. I didn't start this blog for anyone but myself, but I've come to appreciate those who read it. :)

    Oh, Hilary, Hilary, Hilary. I don't know why I'm still surprised by your clever comments, but you may have outdone yourself this time. :)

    Ruth - Now that you mention it, it didn't seem to be the ordeal that I had remembered in the past. :)

  5. A great post, Linda. She's one of my oldest, shortest friends. (I hope she reads THAT -- she is always ready to laugh.) Once again, it just shows what a small world it is.

  6. btw, cudos to Hilary for another great pun field of comments. Nobody does it better. :)

  7. Sandra - It was fun meeting her. When she told me her name, I remembered reading some of her comments on your blog.

    And you're right about Hilary. I should have expected it with this post, but she still surprised me. :)

  8. What a small world, hopefully it took the edge off your test. I took Xray years ago and had to rotate through that area a few times.

  9. Steve - I thought the same thing about a "small world." And it did kind of take the edge off the test, as you say.


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