Monday, June 26, 2006

Bone scan day

Today I had the bone scan. The way a bone scan works is they first inject you with a radioactive tracer that settles in your bones. Then you drink a lot of water over two or three hours to flush the tracer through your system. Finally, you lie on a table and they run a scanner over you. The scanner is only an inch or so above your nose, so if you're at all claustrophobic and you have to have one of these, talk to your doctor about a mild tranquilizer or practice some meditations to keep calm.

I was scheduled to receive the injection at 7:45am today and the scan at 10:45am. My grand plan was to bring a book and my water and stay there while I was waiting for the scan so that I didn't have to pay for parking twice. I remembered the book but forgot both the water and my health card, so I ended up having to leave and go home anyways :)

The scan went ok. My technician was kinda new at it, I think, but she did a fine job. My body seemed to tingle as the scan went over each part, but that's apparently not something that usually happens :) They ended up doing a close-up scan of my left ribcage and chest, which I wasn't expecting.

I'll get the results on July 13.

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