Nuclear Brain Scan
I started my 4 day Nuclear brain scan. I couldn't really prepare myself for what was going to happen. I've been nervous about this test for a while....and rightly so!
The morning started early....Hubby drove me down to the clinic and we sat waiting for 1/2 hour before we were called back.
I changed into a gown and met with the anesthesiologist. They went over the procedure and got me into position.
I laid on my stomach and my back was washed over with iodine. It was cold and felt good. But my exposed back, made me feel very self conscience. I hate being exposed in any way, and being surrounded by Drs, just made me cringe. These tumors make me feel horrible about my body.
The Dr shot me up with some numbing medicine, that stung like a million bees. With the xray machine in place, the Dr inserted a 8 inch needle into my spine. He checked the spinal pressure (which was within normal range) then injected the nuclear medicine into my spinal space.
It hurt so much. The electric shock type sensation, tensed up my body, and made me feel sick to my stomach. I was assured that this was normal.
When the Dr was finished, I rolled onto the other bed and was wheeled to recovery. There I stayed for the next 3 1/2 hours!
The Xray tech came and got me, to take pictures of my head. I experienced my first spinal headache....this happens when spinal fluid leaks out of the spinal column.
The brain pictures took about 40 minutes.....No real results yet.
More Xray pictures tomorrow.
Thanks for all the support ...I love you all!