Thursday, May 17, 2007


Think of your breast as a face on a clock.
Place your right hand at twelve o'clock.

Move toward one o'clock in small circular motions.
Keep your fingers flat and in constant contact with your breast.

Use your fingers in a massaging, clockwise motion.
Remove pillow, check inner breast (six o’clock to eleven o’clock).

Ten o'clock. Eleven o'clock.. Twelve o'clock.

Attention left breast twelve o’clock.
A breast lump approximately 1 to 2 centimeters at nine o’clock.

Soft, round, mobile, non-tender.

Ultrasound wand on the three o’clock position of her right breast…
The right breast mass at one o’clock was marked and scanned.

The three to nine o'clock area that is recommended for excisional biopsy…

Palpable 1 cm mobile non-tender nodule on left breast at three o'clock.

5cm hard mass in the three o’clock position of the right breast 8cm from the nipple.

One morning on seven o'clock rounds, she complained of insomnia.
Most evenings, she goes to bed at nine o’clock.


Talia said...

Wow Charmi, this is different, it evokes a lot of different sort of emotions--all at the same time. It sounds incredibly authentic, just like reading a doctor's notes...then it is poetry.

Charmi said...

I wanted to try some more found text poetry exercises. This morning I was working on a med mal breast cancer case. A couple of the lines come from that, but then I thought I'd google "breast o'clock." This is the result.

Talia said...

It worked. You should do more and more of that!

Charmi said...

I really liked Gallaher's "A Bomb Went Off." I think you did, too. There are so many possibilities. Have you tried this found text exercise yet?

Talia said...

Sometimes I use news headlines, and I've had a little bit of success with that.