This is what my pumpkin basket looks like (It's a good size and holds a lot of candy) except I have a candy corn basket liner and a little candy corn tie on on the front of the basket. I have that maple leaf tie on too that I use when fall is over.
This is where we stopped for dinner - The Black Forest Inn.
It seemed that the moment my feet hit the floor that I could feel the butterflies in my stomach and trying to swallow some oatmeal was an effort so I just had some coffee. The scan isn't bad at all... it's just what this one represents to me, you know...like this IS "the one".
A good friend (She'd have to be to put up with waiting with and for me for these appointments/tests.) picked me up and took me to the urology office. They were extremely busy and so we waited a long time before I went in. We had fun though. Always something to talk about and actually we were cracking up like two school girls over my Bajingoland Brochure post. The laughing was a great tension reliever and got my mind off the test... sort of. I also got some ideas for a Bajingoland II Brochure post! ;) Also, I have such a good rapport with the women in that office that it feels like I am with friends when I am there which believe me has made all of this bearable over time. The docs are great too. :) If the staff was indifferent or cold, going there would have been a lot more stressful. But fortunately, while every bit professional they have also been the warmest group of people to interact with. I am going to miss them. I brought them a Longaberger pumpkin basket filled with candy and little Halloween toys/rings and some candy on the side too. It warmed my heart to see them enjoy it and when I left, to see one lady was wearing one of the bats draped on her shoulder. :)
I had the scan Wednesday and all seemed to go pretty well. I am fascinated by the way that test displays on the screen. Different views remind me of looking at galaxies... sometimes spread out like stars spanning the skies and other times clustered- at least in my R. kidney. Of course I have no clue what I am really looking at but I am guessing the cluster is indicative of the distal end where the stricture was. I believe my R. ureter is more narrow then the norm but still open. I have been drinking this particular aloe juice although I admittedly have cut back on it because it is so expensive, but I figure some is better than none. Anyway, it has been my hope that the aloe juice is further enhancing the healing process.
I really like the nuclear tech at this hospital. I had her in May too. We just get really chatty and share funny stories and other things too. Then predictably, a few minutes after the Lasix is in, I get real quiet because I DO get uncomfortable. I would give the pain level a 20! I'm kidding! That was for the medical people that pass through here cause I know that makes ya SQUIRRELLY when ya hear that! ;)
Seriously...I give it a 4 or 5. Starts in my flank but really it feels worse as it moves down in my rlq/rlb- a lot of pressure for a few minutes and then I am o.k. again. I'm not concerned about it because I already know the ureter is more narrow than it should be. Last may the scan revealed it seemed to be healing. I am feeling better. I probably drink 40 oz out of my water bottle while still in the waiting room and then the tech has an IV running into me too. THANK GOD FOR THAT FOLEY BAG!! I fill it before the test is done. I can't believe there are patients that do that test with lasix without a foley bag! They must have elephant bladders!
Then when the test is over I find it interesting that the tech takes a picture of my bladder, then of the foley bag after placing it on my abdomen and also the syringe. I wonder why? The other hospitals don't do that.
It was rush hour by the time we got out of the hospital and so we decided to take the more scenic route home instead of sitting bumper to bumper on the major highways. That lead us to A German restaurant that I have always wanted to try and I have been craving some German food. Perfect! :)
I had salad, sauerbraten, red cabbage, a potato dumpling and for desert, a to die for black forest piece of cake. I would have had a beer but that restaurant is still a distance from home and so I had a gin and tonic with a lime twist. It was a nice way to finish the day...a wonderful dinner, more good conversation and hearty laughter with a dear friend. :)
But then when we got home we decided to catch up on Grey's Anatomy that I had TiVoed, so we went to her house first so she could put her pajamas on, then we came back to mine (we're neighbors) and I put my pajamas on and we watched TV, talked, laughed until 2 in the morning.
I could've done all the medical stuff by myself and sometimes I do , but I sure do appreciate that she was able to be there with me. She has been an anchor of support through all of this and I am grateful for her shared insights, marvelous sense of humor and compassion. I am blessed to have her for my friend.
Thank you my dear friend. :)