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What happened at St. Luke’s, Part 3
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Let’s have a look at that itinerary again

St. Luke's itinerary

After our lunch at Bizu, I was off to the mammogram, which I thought would be nothing as I had had one previously at Makati Med in 2005.
Mind you, I did not have a pleasant experience at Makati Med. The breast clinic is really old and unfriendly.
I wouldn’t call St. Luke’s breast clinic friendly either, but at least the machines are super high tech.
This was Makati Med’s breast clinic in 2005 (I’m guessing it hasn’t changed)

waiting at the breast clinic

This is St. Luke’s, Bonifacio Global City

Mammography

I consider myself lucky to be flat-chested. I feel no pain doing mammo, even as they stretch and flatten my already flattened chest to a pancake.
It was the ultrasound scan that got to me. The scanner is super high tech, I can’t describe it. It’s like a robotic scanner that goes on top of a stretchy film on top of your breast. This one scared me to death because they kept repeating one area and the technician wouldn’t talk to me, even when I asked for a clue. I prayed my chaplet many time. I started to imagine scenarios, and thought particularly about my friend Rita who recently survived a mastectomy at St. Luke’s.
This one was particularly draining. After the mammo, I asked my wellness guide Erika if I could go back to the room for a rest before the next procedure.
Ok, I wanted to cry. I found Jeroen back in our room having a break before his prostate scan, and I just broke down and freaked out.
I think I had only 40 minutes to rest before Erika picked me up for my PAP smear and transvaginal ultrasound, which was not that scary.
After this I really wanted to go home at this point, but I was only halfway done.

(to be continued)

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can’t wait to read about your gastroscopy/colonoscopy experience. being an endoscopy nurse , i can totally relate what every patient would go through with each procedure.

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i just want to share our experience with SLMC Global City last year around November.my mom is due for an executive checkup so we booked one of their cardiovascular packages and we were informed by the wellness center that they have an on going promo like 20% discount on all packages. my mom’s package requires 2 days hospitalization bec of so many tests just like yours – stress test, carotid duplex, holter, endoscopy, TVUS, mamogram, and the likes.  i observed that the hosp was really booked at that time and on our 2nd day, we were informed by the nurse that… Read more »

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Makati Med has a new breast clinic.  It is in the new wing, with new equipment and looks a million times better now.  They were very also very friendly.

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Anaskimarquez

Hello,
Good evening.  There is a new breast clinic now in MMC.  I just had my mammo last month and it is now digital.  the breast compression is no longer painful.  FYI

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Jaykey369

makati med’s breast clinic has improved.

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Sorry, couldn’t help it, but I think someone forgot to edit the monitoring sheet, because isn’t it supposed to be “pap smear” and not “pap’s smear”?  Hehehe. Anyway, reading your series has made me really impressed with St. Luke’s, and if only I didn’t live in QC, I’d really go there for my OB. Kaso lang, it’s a long trek. Hope all’s well with you!

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Ria_bucag

Mas maganda na ngayon ang Makati Med compare to 2005. 
Madami nabago. Almost all diagnostic centers are in the new building.

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Wow! Ang ganda naman! I love St. Luke’s Global talaga!

Nakaka-stress naman this series, Cecile. Sobrang suspense!

Dr. Rebecca Singson is mg OBG. She’s super galing!

What’s your camera? That’s a really good shot!

And they misspelled your name!

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zipppo Reply:

Hahaha…. Topaz, you are correct.  They mis-spelled “Cecile” as “Cecille”.

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zipppo

Hahaha…. Topaz, you are correct.  They mis-spelled “Cecile” as “Cecille”.

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Len

I can relate to the fear that you felt. I am 39 and have been having mammo since i was 34 because i get  a lump almost every year. I’ve had 3 ultra sound guided aspiration but last year the Dr. told me I am fibrocystic so it comes and goes and its better not to aspirate them as it will just go way as long as i stay away from caffeine.    However everytime i am at the waiting room, i am soo emotional and feel like my life is going to change for ever.  however as soon as i get out of… Read more »