Gastric Emptying Study

This morning I had to get up at 6:00am. That’s pretty darn early for me!! Considering that I was putting a load of laundry in at 1:20am in the morning, I didn’t exactly get a whole lot of sleep last night!! My daughter really wanted her laundry in last night, but she was waiting for me to get out of the shower. However, somehow I ended up taking forever to get into the shower, so she just put what she wanted washed on top of the washing machine. Then when I got out of the shower, I went downstairs and added my clothes to hers and started the wash. Then I went back upstairs and went to bed. Needless to say, I was super tired this morning. I arrived at the Royal Alex hospital at 7:45am and parked in the very first parkade that I saw. I totally fluked out, because I payed the ridiculous amount for parking at the machine then went up an elevator and through an entrance that seemed like a bizarre, back entrance. I thought that I would be lost for sure! It just said hospital and had an arrow, so I followed it. There was a tiny information desk so I showed them the form that I received in the mail, that said I was there for a “Gastric Emptying Study” (yes, I had never heard of it!) I just knew that I needed to find the diagnostic imaging main reception desk. Here’s the total fluke: the lady tells me that I just have to walk straight down the hall about 50 feet and it’s the first room on my left!! In the entire hospital, there are about 4 or 5 parkades and there also is general street parking, and there are also several different entrances to the hospital from the parkade that I chose to park in!! However, I just happened to turn into the very first parkade that I saw and I parked and bought a ticket saw a sign, with an arrow that said hospital entrance, I shrugged and followed it – with absolutely ZERO clue where the heck I was going!! Crazy!! So, anyway, I had to check in at the reception desk. Then a volunteer student walked me over (not very far) to nuclear medicine). There, after I filled out a small form about my menstrual cycle and whether or not I could possibly be pregnant (not, most definitely not!!) a girl called me in and sat me down and pulled a table up to me. She asked me if I had any food allergies. She made me some food that I had to eat. Some egg whites, that had some kind of radioactive stuff in them that I wouldn’t be able to taste, some toast with strawberry jam and a small glass of water. I had to eat it in 10 minutes. If I couldn’t eat it all, the eggs were the most important thing to eat, because whatever they put in them was what would show up on the pictures that they were going to be taking afterwards. I had to eat with gloves on, (weird!!) it was not easy, since I still feel just as nauseous today and I really haven’t been eating a lot at all!! I tried really hard to focus on the eggs. I managed to eat all of the eggs and most of one piece of toast. I drank all of the water. Once I was finished, she brought into an x-ray type room. I didn’t have to change into a gown or anything. She just put a sticker thing on my right hip and on the right side of my neck. Then I just stood between these big things that looked like an x-ray machine, but she said it was different then an x-ray, because the radioactive material is already inside me, not going inside me from the machine. Once she was finished, it took only about 45 seconds, she made marks on my skin so that she could put the stickers back in the exact same spot. Then I went to the waiting room. An hour later she took another picture, exactly the same way. An hour later, another picture. Then I had to wait 2 hours, during which I most definitely fell asleep in the waiting room!! Then she took the last picture. It was about 1:00pm by the time this final picture was finished. I was quite thirsty. Most people probably would’ve been hungry, since you can’t eat or drink during the whole time, but I haven’t really been eating for weeks it feels like, so I was just thirsty and tired!! They don’t let you eat, because they want to see what your body looks like as the food goes through it, because they’re trying to figure out why I’ve been losing weight and feeling crappy. However, I know my luck and history, the test is going to come back completely normal… Anyway, I quickly found my way back to my van and drove back to Beaumont. I went to Shoppers and bought some bleeping monthly supplies yet again!!(which, here I go with TMI again, and using the word “bleeping” again!!) I mean, come on! Who gets their bleeping period every 2 weeks for 3 months straight?! You know how expensive that gets?! Tampons and pads aren’t cheap you know?! No one wants their period once a month, so who in their right mind wants it bleeping twice?! Who?! Not me, I’ll tell you that much!! Anyway, after Shoppers I got gas in the van. Then I went home, did another load of laundry for my daughter and then I laid down for a whole hour…which doesn’t make up for only getting 4.5 hours of sleep!! But, I got up anyway and I got dressed again and I drove my daughter to dance. Once I dropped her off, I drove to Timmy’s and bought my earl grey tea (2 milks, 1 honey) and a muffin. Then I drove back to the studio. It was surprisingly nice out today. After the freezing cold weather we’ve had it felt downright balmy at only -3!! I was easily able to shut off the van while waiting for her. I only restarted it once to warm it up and not for very long, environmentalists would have liked me better today… When she was finished, we drove back to town. I had to go to Shoppers again to pick up a prescription. Then we went home. My hubby had supper finished. I didn’t eat. I was feeling tired and nauseous. I got everybody’s water bottles ready while they were eating. Then I drove my daughter to her friend’s house so she could work on a school project. Then I came back home. I let the dogs out and then I went upstairs, the dogs usually come up with me, which is why I let them out before going upstairs. I changed into my pjs and hopped into bed. My oldest daughter came upstairs a little while later to say goodnight, she has to work early tomorrow, so she was going to bed. Then my son came upstairs and wanted me to get him ready for bed. Once he was in bed I went on my phone for a while. Now I’m totally beat! I’m going to get ready for bed.

Night All! 💤😴

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