I didn’t quite know what to title this post…it could be “Busy Day”…”Day with Family”….”Eating Real Food”….many different titles would fit the post but I think most of what you all want to know is “what did I find out at the doctor’s office”.
Here’s the scoop. Today I went to the doctor for the full body thyroid cancer scan. It’s a 90 mile trip one way and I had some company for the ride. Kayla and Kelli and Georgie came as my support team.
This was the fourth time I was to Lacrosse in the week. As early I had to come for shots and tests doses of Radioactive Active Iodine to prepare me for the test. Here’s the bridge crossing the Mississippi.
First it was a blood draw. The gal had to stick me twice as she didn’t get it the first time. Then off to the scan. This time it was a little different. First I did the regular scan but because I didn’t have enough iodine left in my bloodstream they had to do a second test. For the first one I had to lay in the machine for a half hour….the second one, for 40 minutes. For this these tests, I lay in a tube and have a machine about 1 1/2″ away from my nose. If you are claustrophobic, you would likely hate this test. They regularly give people lorazepam to help with anxiety before the test. I never take anything. I’ve learned if I just keep my eyes closed and sing church hymns to myself, I’m just fine.
I got out of the test and the girls had chips for me!! Ah…good ole’ salty chips. Oh salt, restaurant food, butter, cheese, sour cream, how I have missed you!!
After the tests, off we went to find more FOOD. I could finally eat, and eat we did. The Old Crow in Lacrosse is AWESOME. If you are vegan or vegetarian, they have a VERY friendly menu for you. That’s why Kayla was all smiles.
Here’s my food. Ah, yummy restaurant food. How I have missed you. Remember I’ve been on that low iodine diet this week?? I’ve missed food with flavor. There are LOTS of flavors here and I loved them all.
I did learn that my tummy has shrunk though. After two weeks of eating mostly fruit and veggies, my tummy did not have room for all of this. So I ate half and took half home for later.
From there it was off to the scrubs store so Kelli could buy new scrubs for work. From there back to the clinic for my appointment with Dr. Thida.
We waited for a bit as we were back early but then we were called back and I got the news…. The news is…. Continue reading