I’m writing to let you know that I’m still alive after my scan yesterday afternoon! 😉
Seriously, there wasn’t much doubt in my mind that I’d make it through fine, even if I experienced an unlikely allergic reaction … but I did pray a lot, and I made sure to tell all the medical folks there that I wasn’t pre-medicated so they’d be prepared to deal with any reaction that might occur.
I had a rough morning yesterday: an unusual amount of nausea. I have pills that I can take for nausea, but I don’t unless I really need them. Thankfully the nausea passed around lunchtime.
It seems like every time I have a scan, there’s a slightly different procedure before the event. There is awful tasting liquid that we usually have to drink before a scan. I assume it serves a purpose, but I don’t know exactly what it is. 🙂 It makes for a good conversation starter in the waiting room, though, since everyone likes to comment on how terrible the drink tastes. The amount I’m told to drink varies from scan to scan. Usually it’s two cups worth, sometimes about a cup. Once I think I didn’t need any at all, and a couple of times it’s been a quick few sips on the table right before the procedure.
I was rather excited because the info they’d sent informed me that it was only a short drink on the table this time. Yay! When I was brought into the room, the technician and I had a nice little chat. She and I share the same birthdate, and apparently several people who work there have birthdays that week. If you’re ever craving cake mid-June, I can tell you a place where you’re likely to find some! 🙂 Naturally I told her I wasn’t pre-medicated (in case I had a reaction during the test). I lay down, raised my arms over my head, gave thanks that my shoulder has improved so much that I didn’t feel much pain doing that, and prepared for the test.
The technician left the room and the scan was about to start. Suddenly I remembered the drink, and started waving my arm (that wasn’t attached to the IV) and calling her name. Thankfully she heard me and came to ask why I wanted her. She re-checked the notes, and while one scan called for no drink, the second I was having called for a short drink on the table. So, she detached my IV, pulled the table out of the “doughnut” part of the machine so I could sit up and drink a few sips. It didn’t taste all that bad. I lay down and got hooked up again. I gave thanks that I remembered the drink so the scan would clearly show what it’s meant to show, and asked once again for protection from allergic reactions. I breathed deeply and the scan was over in a few minutes without incident. I gave thanks again!
Off to the waiting room, where they kept me for a good half hour to make sure I didn’t react. I felt very well cared for, and I am so grateful to live in a place where I get good medical care from people who generally treat me with kindness.
It looks like I won’t need to pre-medicate with prednisone prior to CT-Scans any more. Since this time was free from any reaction, we conclude that my little reaction many months ago was likely from the adhesive on the bandage covering my IV, and unrelated to the contrast dye they insert. I’m very thankful, because I prefer to avoid unnecessary medications.
I was tired after the procedure, though! I came home and spent some time with my kids. I cooked dinner, ate, then snuggled up on the couch to watch a bit of netflix with my daughter. I slept for an hour and a half, then got ready for bed and had a good, long sleep. I slept for about 13 hours all totalled last night, and I’m feeling much better this morning.
God is good!