Yesterday was the big day. Back to Rhode Island Hospital for my cat scan. My mom and I are starting to get pretty familiar with that parking lot and the sky bridge to Dudley Street. Now if only we could navigate those confusing hallways into the radiology department…luckily, we’ve made our chronically confused hospital navigation into a bit of a joke. Wait, if we’re already on level ‘G’, why are we taking the elevator? Take a left at CVS… Over the small bridge- never the long one! Don’t stray too far from the path!
When we finally located the radiology office, I registered, and not too long after that it was time for my “close up” (see what I did there?). To my surprise, I was actually allowed to keep all my clothes on (after stripping down and donning a johnny a few times a week for several months at acupuncture, remaining fully-clothed at the hospital seemed a bit like wearing sneakers in the pool). As I laid there on the stiff, shifting bed, letting my body be fed in and out of the big round camera-donut feet first, I reminisced on all of the fun times I’ve had while having my bones photographed. There have been countless rounds of x-rays, a non-descript MRI, and a full body bone scan. Oddly enough, none of that prepared me for how quickly this cat scan would go by. I laid there staring at two little happy face icons as a strange voice commanded me to “breathe in, breathe out, stop breathing”. Say cheeeeese. Two practice rounds and one long, drawn-out, holding-of-the-breath later and I was all done. Ready to hop down, shoes never removed, and be on my way.
I think it took us longer to find our way through the hospital than the actual cat scan itself. But I bet it takes triple our hallway trudging time to get the results…cross your fingers for me!