Alright, let's look at this CT scan here. I went in totally calm, ready to drink what I remember as 'not being so bad' last time. Oh well on THAT! Since I ask to have the dye mixed with plain water to avoid the artifically sweetened fake lemonade they mix it with, THIS stuff TASTED like iodine. Blecch. I was told they were using a new supplier and it did taste somewhat different. Immediately upon drinking it, my cheeks flushed bright pink. I pointed it out to one of the scan techs as a possible PRE-reaction and of COURSE everyone said they'd NEVER seen anyone do that before. Yeah, well, welcome to ME. I did manage to drink two HUGE paper cups of the horrifying stuff with my cheeks getting darker pink, but no itching or hives, but I was WORRIED about the IV injection. The tech doing my scan said he was ready if I DID have a reaction, but felt confident that I wouldn't (based on WHAT???) If this wasn't such a really IMPORTANT SCAN, I would have said to forget it. The injection only caused the 'normal' heat sensation running all over my body and faded quickly.
He did 3 scans. One without the IV injection, one with and then another encore scan of my (hopefully smiling) liver which should have been done LAST time to see if anything that showed up on my liver was REAL or just being silly. Things come and go on livers all the time.....
But DURING the scan, I could feel Stella getting all KINDS of busy and by the time I got OFF the table and back to the dressing room, her bag was FULL and my bandages were soaked. I scooted straight to Amazing Gail's office who only knew I might be coming for a visit after the scan just to tell her how it went, but now I needed an appt to change the bandages (I need to be lying down with LOTS of supplies, which I BROUGHT, but the lying down thing was a little hard to pull off)
My body was having FITS. Stella had the shrieking runs (one of the ONLY times to be grateful for a colostomy - all in the bag), the SewerRat was SO hysterical it was blowing bubbles and yellowish liquid was oozing out of me constantly. What a mess.
I had to empty Stella again before I left, we put on the larger-sized bandages and I started the half-hour drive home (yeah, in 5:30 rush-hour traffic). Once home, dinner was tea and toast and I was sound asleep before 9pm. Woke up at 2am for no particular reason, had more tea and toast and slept from 4am to 8am. I am WIPED out.
I spoke to my older sister (keeper of the Family Allergies) and she said DEFINITELY, the red cheeks thing is a pre-allergic reaction. Definite warning signal. I'm going to call Oregon Imaging and find out EXACTLY what is in the drink as I may have been reacting to something other than the iodine. I was told that the NEW IV injection has the iodine molecules bound to a larger molecule to 'make it more inert' and so cause far fewer reactions. But I'm thinking this was my LAST CT scan with contrast dye. Next time, I could go right into anaphylaxis.
So. I'm taking it very EASY today, not asking much of myself. How much RECOVERING can any one person do?? So now I WAIT until next Tuesday to discuss the results with the new surgeon (who, btw, is the medical director of surgery and trauma, a colo-rectal specialist and on the tumor board, so it was a solid choice, not really 'shopping'. I do feel confident in him. And Tuesday we'll come up with a PLAN.
Let's hope my liver SMILED for the camera!!