CT scan today
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|Fri, 01-10-2014 - 2:38pm|
My oncologist wanted me to have a CT scan before starting chemo, so that's what I did today. I had to drink a barium sulfate solution and be injected with an iodine dye. My stomach is very unhappy right now. As the dye began to course through my veins, I felt strange and became a little panicky, but I worked through my anxiety and managed to get myself together. The worst part of the whole thing was having to drink the barium solution and then wait 2 hours for it to fully work its way into my intestinal tract. I was nauseated and the barium solution seems to act like a laxative. Not pleasant.
The whole deal with being ill is having to endure so many medical procedures, all of which seem to involve discomfort or outright pain. I'm becoming completely laissez-faire about getting stuck. I used to fear it; now it's no big deal. I watched my husband go through procedure after procedure stoically and I was greatful it wasn't me. I felt terrible for him, but I didn't know if I could do as well as he at dealing with the pain/discomfort/fear. Now here I am, facing the same things. It's truly surreal.