It’s a radiation vibe I’m groovin on

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It’s a radiation vibe I’m groovin on

Image by Sidereal
I don’t go to the doctor every time I get the sniffles, because I’m a tough guy. Yeah. That’s right. So what happens is, I don’t go for years and years, and all sorts of little things silently pile up, and then everything goes wrong all at once.

I’m fine, I just need a bunch of tests, it’s cool. Some observations from today:

I have been given strict orders to get in bed and stay there…and I have four (4) appointments to go to in the next 48 hours, so maybe I can sleep in the waiting rooms?

My eyesight is pretty much the same as two years ago. I still need glasses. Hey, I made it to 45 without needing them, so that’s not bad.

There was a bit of a row at the blood diagnostic place this morning. The closest office is in the economically depressed area where I live, about five minutes from here. Apparently no one else visiting this morning was aware that you could make an appointment, or knew what the World Wide Web is. The clinic takes walk-ins, but web appointments supercede walk-ins. So when they called my name ahead of the seven people that were already waiting, there were some immediate vociferous objections. It was pretty awkward, and not a little hostile. The invective was mainly directed at the clinic personnel, though I got a healthy dose of skunk-eye myself from the patients. I tried to ameliorate the situation by deflecting the criticism away from the techs and to the patients’ doctors. Your doctors really should tell you that the clinic takes appointments, even over the phone, and they should not simply characterize the clinic as oh-just-walk-in, because that implies that’s it’s walk-in only. I think this helped save the techs from the torches and pitchforks a bit. I felt pretty bad for them.

At the heart place I got injected with iodine and stuffed into a giant donut! oooOOOOooo! At least it looked like a donut after 18 hours of fasting, like those two guys in a rowboat lost at sea who start looking like turkey drumsticks to each other. The iodine injection briefly made my whole body feel like it was 150°F, which was actually a pretty pleasant feeling. No trouble at all. I kinda wanted it to last longer. Also, no outstanding indications in the result, so they let me leave and will send the results on to the doc.

The bacon mushroom swiss cheeseburger joint is RIGHT NEXT TO the heart scan offices.

Fasting + venti cafe americano = OMG LET’S RIDE BIKES NOW NOW NOW

DVDs from NetFlix should arrive today, so I’ll see you all on the couch. I’ll be under the afghan making new platelets if you need me.

Radiation Vibe


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My right foot is swabbed with povidone-iodine solution before surgery. The tourniquet around my leg is inflated to 160mmHg to minimise blood in the surgical field.

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25 Kommentare zu “It’s a radiation vibe I’m groovin on

  1. Sidereal Autor des Beitrags

    I’m sure I’ll be just fine, thanks for the kind words! I just need to stick with "doctors are good" for a while.

  2. mirsasha Autor des Beitrags

    I’m the same way – hate doctors – and when I do finally go in, it’s like they want to make up for all the testing opportunities missed. Enjoy the forced relaxation and don’t sweat the test results.

  3. Sidereal Autor des Beitrags

    @mir – Ha! You get it :) Pay me now or pay me later. I tend towards the latter, so it goes. I’m not worried (anymore), whatever’s going on I’m sure I’ll straighten it out.

    @norma – hangin’ :)

  4. kazandco Autor des Beitrags

    goodness..positive thoughts your way..your story is poignant to say the least, may I share it with that daughter of mine that wants to be a doctor? you have some good books to curl up with as well?

  5. Sidereal Autor des Beitrags

    @kaz – You can share it as you like, and I’m an expert at entertaining myself, no worries. I definitely have some good books here.

    I hope your daughter is ready to care for everyone who crosses her path, regardless of who they are or how they treat her. That’s a real gift, being able to do that.

    I wouldn’t last a day. That one nasty woman this morning at the blood clinic? Who enjoyed hollering about taking her "business" elsewhere? I’d have said, don’t let the door hit you on the ass. Oh, man, it takes a special kind of constitution to be a real doctor and treat everyone the same, to comfort them and heal them no matter who they are. I wish your daughter the best. :)

  6. suttonhoo Autor des Beitrags

    platelet power: ACTIVATE!

    (pulled a justice league wonder twin action for ya: you should be all fine in just a little while.)

    heal up. enjoy the flicks.

    p.s. you know what’s good for manufacturing blood, of course. MEAT.

  7. revdode Autor des Beitrags

    I hope your relaxing and recovering from the investigations. I hate visiting doctors, they seem to make it their business to find something wrong with us.

  8. auntsmack4u Autor des Beitrags

    well my friend..i know what you are going through cause ive been stuffed into that machine 2x in the past 2 weeks not to mention a whole host of other annoying ( and some invasive ) tests…

    my brain is a bit numb and getting old is not freakin EASY . . im with you and hope all will be good!

    - ooh.. i can’t beleive you got your camera near the MRI – i had to lock up everything in the lockeroom!

  9. mcdew Autor des Beitrags

    its a good day to flop on the couch and watch some movies! it’ll be nice and hot today so keep your cool on the couch and get your nap on!

  10. jeff.corwin Autor des Beitrags

    All my best to you buddy, here’s hoping that the tests go well and whatever is wrong is an easy fix. You sure aren’t missing much at work today, that is certain.

  11. work2snap Autor des Beitrags

    Bummer… when they put me in the donut and injected the die I thought I had peed all over myself… I think the 150 might be better…

    if something is up and you know .. better then having thing lurking in your body!!
    Hang in there under the afghan on the couch and be good to you!!!

  12. Sidereal Autor des Beitrags

    @smack- wow, a lot of people have done this! Good luck to you too!

    @work2snap – I know what you mean, most of the perceived heat was centered in my, um, crotch. It was a surprising and unique experience!

    Thanks all for the well wishes! I hope to wrap everything up today.

  13. chelseagirl Autor des Beitrags

    whoa, Sidereal, take it easy! I don’t understand the long bedrest– is it because of the heart test or the bloodwork?

    My favourite line was this:

    Fasting + venti cafe americano = OMG LET’S RIDE BIKES NOW NOW NOW


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