Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Today is Berrium Smoothie Day, again.
In other words it is the day that I have to drink that creamy white stuff (to make my insides glow like a radioactive lamp).
The day the CT scan nurses ask me if I want apple or berry. I don´t know why I always answer berry. The Barium Sulfate Suspension is terrible no matter what.
Meanwhile I have learned a few tricks:
Since we can´t eat anything 4 hours prior to the time we begin drinking "that stuff", it is best to schedule the appointments around noon. Like this I can have a good breakfast and then fast for four hours. For me this works best because I hate to skip my morning coffee.
The non-verbal communication that goes on in the waiting room among patients holding the contrast drinks is great. With our eyes and a few gestures we comfort each other:
I know how you feel.
yeah it is awful
Yes, you only have one bottle left...
However I still prefer to sit outside (if it is a nice day) while I try to get my Berry Smoothies down. When it is cold I find another waiting area to sit and drink.
I ask for a straw. It is easier to finish the 2 bottles with a straw.
I try to drink as much as possible, but I don´t stress if I can´t. C´mon they give two bottles to everyone. Even the big guys get two bottles, I figure that since I weigh 37Kg I don´t have to drink the same as someone who weighs 150 kg.
I wear clothes with no metal. In this way I don´t have to change into the beautiful hospital gowns.
I try to convince my friends, my husband (anyone ;-)) to try my berrium smothie
(I think Sara liked it!)