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Thursday, April 23, 2015

all over red rover

I had the ultrasound this morning, I was a bit worried about it, not because they might find something, but because I had to have a full bladder for it. 
The machine gets a clearer picture when the bladder is full.
My instructions were to empty my bladder by 9.40am then drink a litre of water (a whole litre!)by 10.30am and hold it until the ultrasound at 11.10am. 

Normally, my bladder doesn't like holding on, but if I haven't been drinking coffee (with sugar) then it is easier. So I had no coffee after lunch yesterday, and drank a litre of water between leaving home and arriving at the medical clinic. Then I sat and waited. 

I was just beginning to feel that if I didn't visit the toilet soon, there'd be a puddle on the waiting room floor, when S called me in. The ultrasound didn't take long, then she showed me to the nearest toilet and asked me to come back in so she could take images of my kidneys as well. 
Talk about double checking! 

After she was finished, as I was rearranging my clothing, I asked if the images looked okay to her. She said they did, but a radiologist would see them later today and send the report to my doctor. 
I know she isn't the right person to ask, but she takes many, many images, so by now I think if something was seriously wrong, she'd have an idea just by looking, but I was reassured by her answer and her manner.

All that's left now is for me to wait and see. Dr L said if he needed to see me again, he'd call, if I don't hear from him, then everything is okay and I can just go about my life as usual. Yay!


  1. I'm glad there was no floor puddle. :) Hopefully you won't get a call. Though my doctors surgery always calls me when test results come in, especially when the tests come as a surprise to them. I had some weird tests done via my lung specialist last year, and they called me and said my doctor wanted to see me, when I got there he had no idea why they had done that!

  2. I think it's better if they call you either way--that way you don't have to worry unnecessarily for an undetermined period of time!!

  3. Here's to 'as usual'.....fingers crossed.

  4. I hope the news you receive in return for those uncomfortable few hours is all good, River.

    I thought I'd posted a comment here...I wrote one...but must have made an error when clicking on "Publish".

  5. Hopefully, what ever was the problem it has all been flushed out.

  6. In this case, no news is good news. I am reminded of the height of HIV testing in the 80s and 90s. A patient always had to visit the doctor's surgery for the test result. There was no such thing as no call, you are ok. Nor would they tell you over the phone. If you were told over the phone you were negative, then the assumption would be that you were positive if you were asked to visit the doctor's surgery. I don't know what the procedure is not. Back in the 80s and early 90s it was almost a death sentence and so that is why doctor's wanted the patient in their surgery.

  7. Snoskred; I'm glad for a different reason. I hadn't taken spare pants along! my surgery will call for some tests either way, but it depends on what's going on and the usual health of the patient. Dr L knows me pretty well after 11 years.

    fishducky; if there were other issues going on, I'd appreciate a call either way, but in this case it doesn't seem necessary.

    Delores; I've been carrying on 'as usual' all along, but I'm pleased to say there has been no phone call so far. I'm pretty sure I'm in the clear.

    Lee; wasn't as uncomfortable as I expected until the last 10-15 minutes. As Joanne says, no news is good news.

    Joanne; I've had no news all day, so I'm really happy about that.

    joeh; all flushed out? I'd say so, there's been no more incidents, and nothing showing up on the tests.

    Andrew; I didn't know anyone with aids, so didn't really pay attention to all that was going on about it. I would say the patient had to be in the surgery in case he/she went into shock at the news and needed reviving, or perhaps got overly angry over something they couldn't control and needed restraining. There was a lot of fear about it all back then.

  8. By your replies River, it's looking good girl! Thinking of you!

  9. By your replies River, it's looking good girl! Thinking of you!

  10. So glad to hear that no follow up procedures needed! I hate ultra sounds and I can't hold my bladder shut for very long!