23 February 2013

Glow in the Dark (the Update)

I'm heading over to the cardio clinic in 90 minutes, for nuclear imaging of my ticker before & after time on a treadmill. The cardiologist tells me the radioactive dye which they'll put in me is the equivalent of a chest x-ray.

But I had multiple x-rays done 3 weeks ago, after the accident. Why do I need more radiation, again?

Scientists/enviroweenies/talking heads are always 'splaining how radiation is harmful ... so why then are medical folks in such a huge hurry to introduce large doses of the stuff?

I'm kidding. I think.


Update: It was - of course - no big deal. I'll get the results sometime in the coming week, at which point we'll know whether I need a) more stents, b) bypass surgery, or c) nothing.

I'm guessing you know which option I'm rooting for. :^)

17 comments:

PolyKahr said...

You probably get more cosmic radiation way up North there, than a chest x-ray. And you know the talking heads are just trying to scare you. Relax...

Hope that helps:-)

Best wishes,
PolyKahr

eiaftinfo said...

Perhaps better resolution of the x-ray. And, I suspect it isn't an "xray" but some kind of imaging system that detects the radiation - perhaps even in real time that would yield a moving image for assessment.

Most my customers (I spend my real life selling my products to hospitals and nursing homes) have given up the "Xray Department" for the "Imaging Department" now-a-days.

Hopin' & prayin' for good news for you today.

Old NFO said...

They're going to check all the veins/arteries, lot easier to do that with the dye than trying to do it with ultrasound!

Rev. Paul said...

Gentlemen, I thank you for the encouraging words. I knew the purpose of the test, going in ... just needed to fuss a bit. Helps relieve the tension.

Mrs. S. said...

Hope your insurance covers the imaging part. Otherwise expect to see approximately $1000 bill in the future.

Rev. Paul said...

Mrs. S, you're an optimist: it's a $3,400 test. But after the hospitalization/E.R. visit/cardiac cath earlier this month, my out-of-pocket has long since been met.

Six said...

We'll be praying for option C. And hey, now you can read at night by the light of your glowing veins!!

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Six - I receive that. And I don't need a nightlight, either!

armedlaughing said...

Keep cool.
Had glow-in-the-dark stuff with my lymphoma.
Only received the 'here's a doc business card to give TSA if you set off the Geiger counters' one time.
And I'm still here and don't glow.
Hang in there!

gfa

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Guffaw.

Groundhog said...

Hmmm, you might end up channeling the Aurora and becoming a super hero or something. Or, maybe you won't need a shovel to shovel snow. Just stand there and it melts around you? Could have possibilities! Hey, hope you need nada and are good to go. Take care.

Rev. Paul said...

Too funny! Thanks, Groundhog - me, too.

Cathy said...

You've got some seriously funny commentors, so I won't even try to out-do 'em, but you've got my warmest wish for an 'all's clear' from the docs.

joated said...

I'm a little late to this party, but I turst you are doing well. Like you, I'm a big fan of Plan C.

BTW, Were you able to sleep last night, or were the insides of you eyelids glowing?

Rev. Paul said...

Understood, Cathy. It's best to just stand back & let 'em have at it. :^)

joated, thank you. The dye had a half-life of six hours, so it was mostly gone by bed-time. Heh.

maddmedic said...

Praying for the best.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, sir.