Yesterday was spent dreading today. I managed to get the Hot Chocolate recipe up but that was about it. Cuz texted that my CIL would feed so I didn’t have to take care of Animals.
Last night, I went to bed earlier than usual. I was supposed to sign in at the hospital at 9:45 (someone called and left voice mail but her voice was so soft, I had to call back to find out what she said) for my CT and barium swallow.
My bed was colder than I like so I put on another blanket. If the heater is going out on it, it will be a major project to drain the bed, change the heater, then refill the mattress. Actually, I’d probably replace the mattress, too, since it’s stretched out a bit.
After I added the blanket, I got a bit too warm (maybe I don’t need a new heater after all) and I started coughing and itching. That went on until after 1 o’clock when I eventually got smart enough to get up and soak in a tub of very warm water.
That tub of warm water brought on another problem. I’d poured oil of peppermint down the drain earlier to chase away whatever is trying to make its way into my house. There was still some in the tub even though I’d rinsed it well. Take my word for it when I tell you it wasn’t comfortable on my lady parts. Liberal amounts of soap and flooding with water helped.
Back in bed, I went to sleep and was sleeping very well, thank you, when the timer started dinging. I rolled out, as much as I hated to, and was ready to hit the highway at 9:20. I had my printouts for price matching and coupons. I’d heeded the advice to drink plenty of water—after the test—and packed along several small jars of the wet stuff.
I was taken in for the CT a bit early. The tech had had a barium swallow done so she educated me, step by step, about what to expect.
There’s a red light on the CT that I was idly watching. After I’d gazed at it for several minutes, I read the little sign below it. It was a warning not to stare directly at the light since it’s a laser. Oh, well. Now I know.
The CT over, I kept the gown on and waited for the barium swallow.
I’d read most of an article about someone I had never heard of when the young man came to get me. He introduced himself and said he’d be assisting. That is, until a woman told him that no, he wouldn’t. SHE would. Personally, I didn’t care. I just wanted the ordeal to be over.
Said woman mixed up the barium and another person assisted me onto the platform in front of the camera that was going to photograph my insides. The doctor came in and we got underway.
I was told to take a mouthful of barium and hold it, then swallow on cue. “Perfect!” Again. “Perfect!” Turn sideways, take a mouthful, hold it and swallow. “Perfect!” I was beginning to wonder what would be said if I did something wrong. Then 180 degrees and the same thing.
The tech took the bottle of barium (it wasn’t something I’d drink for fun but it didn’t taste bad) and I thought it was over. No. I was to stand with my back against the table behind me and it would be tilted so I’d be lying down. Okay. Now, I was to sip barium through a straw and swallow on cue. Turn this way and that. All pronounced “Perfect!”
I put my clothes back on, went to the bathroom, stuck out my tongue at the mirror (it was completely white) and left. When I got to the car, I drank two eight ozzie jars of water.
Twinkle was getting low on food so I went to pick a case up. All of the coupons had expired on October 31. Shoot!
My plans to go to Walmart were tabled for another day. I did stop at Riteaid to get my flu shot. The lady there learned something new. I guess she’d never seen a Medicare Advantage card before.
Before I pulled out on the highway, I drank another jar of water. I was determined to get the barium outta my body ASAP.
Said barium is supposed to be constipating so I drank half a glass of grape juice when I got home. It was so good, I drank another half glass. It was late for breakfast (by that time it was around 1 o’clock). I ate a bagel with half an avocado mashed up on it. It was an ALDI avo and I don’t know where they get them but they are GOOD. I also had a cup of hot chocolate.
Cuz texted that no one would be here today. When I put on my coat to go feed, it convinced me I need a new one. It’s a medium and I’m not. I hope the large I ordered will be big enough. I think they run small.
It’s 29 degrees outside. I don’t blame the creature that’s trying to claw its way into the warmth but that doesn’t make it welcome. I put another splash of oil of peppermint into the tub drain and more into the bathroom register. At this rate, I should order a case of the stuff.
I’ve had another eight ozzies water and that much tea. Before I go to bed, I’ll drink more. What goes in must come out.