Actually today wasn’t a rough day…just a blah day…one of those “Go to Anderson, hang around waiting to be called in, hang around some more, go home.” We’re pretty used to it but it isn’t as much fun as going to the beach (is anything?)
For those of you who have never had a PET scan, here’s the drill. NO eating for six hours before. TRY to load up on protein the day before. Avoid carbs the day before. And DRINK as much water as you possibly can the day of the scan. Then when they finally call you in, they hook you up to an IV, shoot you up with something interesting and you sit back in your recliner and relax for an hour WITHOUT a book or iPad or iPhone. (In Venice they let me read. Here they say it stirs up too much brain activity)
So I meditated…for about five minutes. Then I stared at the gorgeous photograph on the opposite wall (spring flowers) for about ten minutes. Then I meditated ….for about ten minutes. Then I started thinking about things we needed to get done this week. Then I decided that was too much brain activity and started counting the flowers in the picture…49 daffodils, 13 tulips, the rest too blurry to count. Then I closed my eyes…decided maybe I could take a nap…NOT. (no wonder…I think I slept 11 hours last night) I did fine probably until the last ten minutes alternating between paying attention to my breathing and saying prayers but if they didn’t come when they did, it wouldn’t have been pretty . I’m not used to being in a place where I can’t read for that long a time.
We stopped at Paneras for lunch…love their macaroni and cheese. I’m planning to go out to a lecture tonight over at Anderson…Mindfulness in a Time of Serious Illness. If only Anderson were closer…If only it weren’t rush hour. I want to go but it will probably take at least an hour each way of bumper to bumper traffic. However, as you can see from the paragraph above, I could really USE a talk on mindfulness. Let’s see how I feel at 5:00.
PET scan results by Wednesday if we’re lucky. If not, we’ll get them from Dr. Ho on Friday. Endoscopy and biopsy tomorrow…also not as much fun as the beach but at least I’ll be under anesthesia so I won’t be looking for something to read.
Photos below: Declan is playing T-ball. He’s on the Pirates which is so much fun for us since Sean was on the Pirates when he was a little guy too. T-ball is hilarious, by the way. If you’ve never been to a game and need a good laugh, just go. The other photo was taken on St. Patrick’s Day. A group of us from yoga went out to breakfast. I caused a scene with my hair and Jerri had on a shirt saying “Irish yoga” with three different poses and beer bottles all around. We’re such a serious group.