some good news

The thing that I feared the most today was the drink.

Before a CT scan, a patient is given two bottles of this stuff to drink.  I’ve drunk a few nasty things in the name of medicine before, and even though I was cheerfully told that I could choose from many wonderful flavors, I did not have high hopes.  In fact, it terrified me.  What if it was so awful I couldn’t get it down?  What if I ended up crying?  And what if the drink was the least of my worries?

Today was a good day.  The drink was not even nearly as bad as what pregnant women drink during their gestational diabetes tests.  I did not flip out, I did not cry.  I learned about the vast differences between an MRI and a CT scan.  I learned that I was one of the very last patients on the hospital’s bone scan machine, manufactured in 1997 and due to be replaced next week.  I learned that when a bone scan and a CT scan are done side by side on the same day, the process is time consuming.  But best of all, today I learned that both my bone scan and my CT scan came back totally clear.

So now I face only my surgery.


10 thoughts on “some good news

  1. Aloha, Jen! I just read Ryan’s Twit. I know this is a tough time for you, but I just want to thank you so much for writing your feelings and thoughts in your blog. It has helped me to understand what my mother (age 80) will be going through in the next few weeks. She found a lump (about the size of a golf ball or smaller) a week ago. We just went for a mammogram last Fri and it didn’t look good. She is scheduled for a biopsy next week. As I pray for her, I will also pray for you. Stay strong and we will get through this together. Love ya lots!!

  2. Jen, Ryan, and family,

    I will hope for the best of all possible outcomes for you.

    Jen, your relationship with Ryan was an inspiration to me when my husband and I were going through some hard times a couple of years ago. You just never know who you’re going to touch, huh?

    (((((hugs from Illinois)))))

  3. Ugh, I had those drinks before too. At one point, my doctor thought I had cancer too. I was showing some cancer type symptom. I did the whole PET/CT scan. I felt exactly the same way as you did.

    Anyway, in the end it all worked out for the best! Yay, Jen!!!!!

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