Re: [MOL] Tuesdays Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul... [01865] Medicine On Line

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Re: [MOL] Tuesdays Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul...

Title: RE: [MOL] Tuesdays Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul...
Hi Kathy, I had my scan today.  I don't mind drinking the laxative, I just hate how I feel afterwards if you know what I mean. LOL.  The hospital that does the scan uses a new oral contrast.  It doesn't taste like barium.  It is flavored with raspberry or some strange red flavoring.  It is also thin like juice. I did not have to have the rectal.  I talked to the radiologist and he was ok with my not doing it.  He said that it really isn't a diagnostic tool for seeing the colon (which I already knew).   The scan shows mets in the other organs and only in the colon if it is large enough.  A colonoscopy is the exam of choice for the colon.  I was concerned that the density of the barium would obscure anything lying under in the abdomen/pelvis under the colon..  He said it would not.  anyway all went well and he said that what he had seen on the computer screen so far (before I left) looked good and he would know better tomorrow when the images were transferred to film.  Thank you so much for your concern and prayers.  I was really frightened.  As I am sure you all are too when you get symptoms.
Love Gail
PS.  When I did cat scanning, many of my patients asked me to spike their barium.  I should have listened to them,  they would have been more relaxed anyway\1
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Date: Thursday, October 22, 1998 7:42 AM
Subject: RE: [MOL] Tuesdays Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul...

Gail:  I've had to do it -- drink that awful stuff and have the rectal contrast.  It's horrible, as you undoubtedly know, but not painful -- just humiliating and uncomfortable.  I have a strong feeling your scans are going to be fine.  Just a hint, if the hospital people haven't already told you -- the white junk doesn't taste quite as bad if mixed with white grape juice.  I wanted to spike mine with bourbon, but they said no.  Good luck, dear -- and let us KNOW!! -- Kathy in Boise