Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CT #1 Done!

Hello all! I had my CT scan done today...it's the first scan I've had since July and it was a little nerve-wracking! It's also the first scan since I've been in remission and I pray that I am still in remission. This scan will tell me! I think after this one comes back clean I will have a better piece of mind. At least that's what I'm hoping for in my head! So, I'll tell you a little bit about today...

First off Mom and Dad are back on US soil and at their home sweet home. They were only 7 hours late getting in, but it's ok...they made it safe and sound. Since they were delayed so much I didn't get to bed until after 1am last night and I had to be up at 6am for my 7am check-in at Ironwood. Ugh...it was rough getting up especially when I couldn't even have any coffee! :( I got to Ironwood and for the first time ever they didn't ask for a co-pay? Is it my lucky day?? She then gives me this "drink"...it actually looked like a protein smoothie, like one of those Naked drinks. It even read "Banana Smoothie"...it was specifically for pre CT scans though. It read Ready Cat Barium Sulfate Suspension...whatever the heck that is. I didn't even ask them what it was for, I actually just assumed it was my tracer and I was pretty much right. Mom googled it and this is what she came up with: "Oral contrast is often used to enhance CT images of the abdomen and pelvis. There are two different types of substances used for oral CT contrast. The first, barium sulfate, is the most common oral contrast agent used in CT. The second type of contrast agent is sometimes used as a substitute for barium and is called Gastrografin. Barium contrast looks like and has a similar consistency as a milk shake. It is mixed with water and depending on the brand used, may have different flavors (for example, strawberry or lemon). Gastrografin contrast is a water-based drink mixed with iodine and has a tinted yellow color. When given orally, gastrografin may taste bitter."

I thankfully had the barium and the taste wasn't that bad although it's not something I would like to drink everyday! HA! She told me i had to drink this smoothie slowly over the next hour so they didn't have to give me anymore. Ha. Shortly after that I was taken back to the chemo room (ugh, nasty memories) where they got my port ready for the iodine injection I was going to get during the scan. I was still sucking down my smoothie during this as well! Ha!

Finally she came back to get me and off we were to the tube! I had to slurp down what was left of my smoothie and it was on the table. In and out of the tube, hold your breath, exhale, then ok, here comes the iodine. Wow what a weird feeling! My whole body got hot (like the insides) and then I felt like I just pee'd in my pants! Tee hee. I giggled. A few more hold your breaths, in and out of the tube and we were done! They did a CT of my neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Finally I could go get a real beverage...aka...coffee! YUM.

I find out the results on Tuesday when I go meet with Dr. Nabong. I feel like it's been forever since I've seen him so I hope he has good news for me!!

I will report back Tuesday when I get some GOOD news. Hope you all have a great weekend!! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers today!

Love, Erin

1 comment:

  1. erin,. did u have any side effects when u drank the milkshake

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