Rafe (etcet) wrote,

CAT in a series of tubes

That was a novel and not uninteresting experience, getting a CAT scan.

Fill out paperwork, get called back, phlebotomist hooks up a feed line and tapes it off, wait, get called further back, remove glasses, get on movable table, get shuttled into and out of magnetic donut.

Then the fun starts.

"The Iodine injection is going to feel a little weird. There's a chill where it goes in, then you'll get a hot flash from your head and moving downward. You may experience a metallic taste and a tiny bit of nausea, and then it will feel like you've peed yourself. You won't have. Just don't move until I tell you to."

That was actually a pretty accurate description - the flush is not quite as powerful as the niacin/beta-alanine one that says my pre-workout has kicked in, the phantom taste didn't really overpower the cough drop residue in my mouth, the nausea was "I haven't eaten in 24 hours and just drove downwind of Krispy Kreme, gimme something NOW" rather than "I just got a double wallop of a week-old restaurant dumpster" and the "wet yourself" sensation was more "my anus is attempting to impersonate the fixture for a 40 watt incandescent bulb being turned on" - it's a very *warm* feeling, just shy of unsettling.

My biggest complaint, other than the hellacious traffic getting there from my office, and then going home afterward, is that the CD with my imaging results on it only shows me the full-size shot of the first one in the series; I'm wondering if playing with Win7's compatibility modes will allow me to view the more informative shots before I take them in to the ENT for his review at my biopsy appointment on the 17th.
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