Love Pink and Purple

mammogrambutterfliesI’ve just arrived home from Narrabri and a visit with the girls in the big pink and purple mobile van for the bi-annual squishing of the mammary glands, aka regular mammogram screening.

Whilst the staff and technicians are always very professional and friendly I can’t help feeling that the man, or in most cases thank goodness, woman handling of my normally well hidden parts in the fashion they need to be, is like throwing a rather thick steak on the George Foreman and exerting pressure on the top section to ensure the grill lines on your sirloin are uniform and it all looks decorative on the plate!

Only trouble is; this plate is usually rather chilly which I guess is preferable to a sizzling hot griddle and thankfully modern technology means the whole process doesn’t take nearly as long as it used to, nor does it seem as painful. I commented on this last observation to my friendly radiologist/ radiographer who replied that as we get older there’s less sensitivity which equates to less pain. Outwardly I say “WOO HOO! BONUS”! Sub-consciously I’m thinking, “BUGGER”! something else that’s of no use any more!

As I stand there wishing I’d paid more attention to the exercises that firm and tone everything and vowing to be at least taut, if not trim by the next time…, I contemplate the usefulness of a hospital gown or some other open fronted top that would at least provide me with some modicum of cover in between the lifting, pushing, pulling and squishing.

Obediently I press my cheek into the appropriate place on the machine and grasp the bar on the back, stretch just enough to look at the identified object on the wall but at the same time keeping my feet flat on the floor, breathing gently (!) and my spare hand on a hip, but not in such a fashion that it pokes the tech as she changes the angle for the next photo shoot.

In no time of course it’s over and with my clothes and confidence returned I thank the friendly staff and depart the pink and purple mobile unit contemplating the thousands of lives that have been saved by this wonderful service that comes (almost) to my door.

How long since your last visit?


Blogged or Bogged?

Blogged, not bogged …



In my very first blog post as President of CWA I talked about being blogged or bogged and what our predecessors would have thought about terminologies used today. I’m only re-visiting this because I needed to use the term blogged. As in I’m blogged out. Too many other things going on! Including some rain. Nowhere near enough to get seriously bogged though!

I have found for your entertainment, a very interesting article from one of our old Journals that I hope you will enjoy and I will endeavour to have some remarkably intelligent and witty dialogue for you by next week … well maybe only witty … or not? I’ll think of something …



So, What’s New?

A Sydney television channel recently despatched a woman reporter, armed with a bra of truly gargantuan proportions, to a department store, where she accosted a number of shoppers. Having told them that, when metric sizes are applied to bras, a bust measurement of 34in will become 87 cm*, she held out her “prop” – presumably an 87in bra – and asked them what they thought of ‘an 87″.

The reaction to this light-hearted gag was fairly predictable. Some women giggled, others doubted that they would “ever understand it”, one young woman seemed favourably disposed to the idea of being “an 87″, and one man said with considerable, if perhaps unconscious, acumen that it didn’t matter – “it will be just the same, won’t it?”

It will, indeed, be “just the same”. Women will not change; they will continue to select a bra that fits, just as we all will continue to “try on” most things before buying them.

The Metric Conversion Board’s discussion with manufacturers of bras began back in 1972. The task was to decide on a range of sizes to replace 34in, 36in, etc (A, B and C cups) – increments of 2in. Incidentally, it is quite obvious that women’s bust measurements do not vary in increments and, therefore, it is equally obvious that some women find it easier to obtain bras that fit comfortably than do other women. The eventual decision to introduce a range of sizes in 5 cm increments – 85 cm, 90 cm, 95 cm, etc (A, B and C cups) – meant that certainly no fewer women would be able to find a bra that fitted almost perfectly, as the metric increments are slightly less 5 cm = 1.968in.

The metric range is now progressively replacing imperial sizes. It is expected that 12 months from now Australian women will “have gone metric” in this important area.

It is not only bras that are appearing in metric sizes. Women’s, children’s and infants’ metric sized clothing is becoming increasingly available. Men’s metric sizes will become prevalent a little later. It should be emphasised that the women’s clothing code is unaffected. For example, the woman who is a size 12 will continue to be a size 12 – unless, of course, she herself “puts on” a few additional kilograms!

Nor are shoe sizes affected. Socks and hose sized to fit shoe sizes remain unchanged, too, although inch sizes will be converted to centimetres.

For the woman who makes some of her own, or her children’s clothes, 4 March was an important date. From that date all piece goods – dress materials, curtain materials, furnishing fabrics, etc was sold by the metre and tenth of a metre (10 cm).

“Going metric” in the apparel sector will cause scarcely a ripple. The best advice to a customer in doubt is the same as it has always been: “Try it on, or ask an assistant”.

* NOTE: No woman will be “an 87″. The “34” will be an “85”, the “36” will be a “90”.

 Courtesy MBC NewsletterAweil, maternal and child health care

Goodbye Poppet

Many tributes and expressions of grief have flooded various media for actor and comedian extraordinaire, Robin Williams, since the news broke yesterday of his tragic death by suicide.  On behalf of the CWA we express our condolences to his family.

I would like to add our voice to the calls for those suffering depression, anxiety, or any form of undiagnosed or untreated mental illness, to please, please, please seek help, even if it is just to talk to your spouse/partner/friend/neighbour. There are many organisations offering support and help online, through helplines and face to face as well as some who offer mobile units that traverse rural and remote centres.

CWA has tried for many years to raise awareness of these issues and this year we have partnered with WorkCover to promote their Alive and Well Campaign which includes advice and support on depression and mental health. We are proud to be involved in this initiative to help farmers stay safe by sharing information, stories and tips.

It is terribly sad that another person has lost their battle with these often hidden and debilitating illnesses and it is incumbent on each of us to look out for one another.