Thursday, January 17, 2008

Medical tests

Today was an interesting medical test. I never did hear what it was called so can’t even look it up to see what they were looking for.

My husband and I arrived at the hospital for a 7:45 AM check-in. He had to be fasting, including water, for the test. By 8:00 they had him in Radiology and had given him a full breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast – and maybe something to drink. The eggs had radioactive material and he had only six minutes to eat the whole meal. He said it was gross. The eggs were cold and the bacon was greasy. The only good part was the toast, which was pretty soggy with butter/margarine. I’m sure that was to help mask the taste of the stuff although the technician said it was a tasteless additive to the food. (On a side note, he said they used to feed the material to the chickens and then would grind up the chicken liver for the patient to eat. That sounds even grosser.)

Once they took the first x-ray, we had to sit and wait. They came back and got him every 30 minutes for about 2.5 hours and then we were finished.

Tomorrow he goes for some more testing. Oh, the joys of being a caregiver.

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