Stable Once More
Usually, Cleveland Clinic's scheduling department makes my appointments. The appointment notification comes complete with two bottles of the chalky delight known asReadicat, a barium sulfate contrast medium used with C/T scans. This last time, however, no Readicat - was I to be spared? Not likely; all these years of scans have made me unwillingly knowledgeable about the procedure. So, I called and was told to come into the scan center an hour or so in advance to pick up a substitute.
I don't know what the substitute is - probably also barium sulfate in a different medium, appallingly mixed with a diet drink flavoring that does nothing to disguise the taste. It's water soluble so it gets to work quickly. Unfortunately it made me quite sick to my stomach - the term "gut-wrenching" has taken on a whole new meaning - but 18 hours later I think I'm finally done with the stomach cramps. Much as I don't enjoy Readicat, I much prefer its chalky texture to the dilute horror I worked with this time.
We lost our wee Maggie on Saturday. Those of you who have children (furry or otherwise) understand how I feel right now. I know that the ache won't go away, ever.