So last night I decided to delve back into the results of my blood work from Sunnybrook because some of the tests were time sensitive and needed longer to get the results. Probably not a good idea.
Apparently one the tests indicated that I was pregnant. I thought that was hilarious and decided to go downstairs (with my Ipad/video) to lay the big news to Bobo. “What are you doing?,” he asked me covering up my Ipad with his hand. “Oh, I have some great news! Are ya ready? Tell me you are ready. Remember the blood work I had from Sunnybrook? Well apparently, I’m pregnant.”
Stunned belief is the best I can describe the look he gave me. “Oh come on,” I told him. “There is no way. They messed up again. What else is new?” “Do you want me to go to Shoppers and get one of those pregnancy pee tests?” he asked. “Are you kidding me! Save yourself the money”, I told him. “It’s another fuck up. You should know by now not to trust anything they tell you.”
Oh this is going to be good tomorrow when I go to PMH to get my CT scan and they ask me if there is any chance I could be pregnant. Yup, here it is on this sheet!
Did NOT have a good day at PMH. Went in at 8:00 with Bobo. The secretary looked at my blood work, took the sheets to the technician, and then told me they would not do the test unless I got clearance from my doctor.
Well my doctor wasn’t coming in until Wednesday. My nurse told me that it must be wrong because I’ve been on ovarian suppression shots all these years. But the CT Scan secretary wouldn’t hear of it. Said I had to have PROOF that I wasn’t pregnant. Was thinking that Bobo’s idea about peeing on a stick was a quick and efficient way of testing it out until she said it had to be Blood Work Proof! I think I’ve masterminded the art of rolling my eyes by this point.
Had to go to the Dr On Call to put in a requisition for more blood work. This is what 1/2 the line looked like while I was there. It was all the way out into the hallway.
And this is the sign which says how they are improving their services so you don’t have to wait so long in line. Beautiful.
When I finally got in, the guy at the lab told me they had to send it across the street to Toronto General because they didn’t do that kind of testing here….2-4 hour wait. Grrrrr. And I wasn’t allowed to eat anything either.
Just after 11:00 my ipad dinged and I had a message from UHN telling me, guess what? I’m NOT pregnant. Ohhhh….Big surprise there!
Took my ipad to the CT secretary who, as soon as she saw me said, “The results aren’t in yet”. “You wanna make a bet,” I told her, throwing my ipad in her face. She ran to get my contrast dye drink.
Now here’s a helpful hint if you are ever in a situation where you have to have that CT Scan drink that tastes like orange toothpaste. Tell them you are allergic to it and then they will give you another more expensive one that tastes like weird water. They both give you diarrhea, but drinking orange chalky toothpaste is not my idea of a good time. My scan wasn’t until 1:00. Waiting again.
They told me to get into a gown. I told them not on your life, it was freezing in there. I would take off all the metals on me, including my bra and go in with my track pants/top, but that was the best I could do. I was not going to get into one of those flimsy gowns today. Thankfully, he didn’t object.
When the technician felt my hands to put in the needle he said, “Boy you really are cold”. Yup. It was really chilly outside (-16) and inside the hospital too. The only good thing about this freezing weather is that my cough has improved now that it’s not so damp outside.
Anyhow, got the Ct Scan done. I got back 3 out of the 4 tests. The one I really wanted (lung) has not arrived in my inbox. Sigh.
Here’s what I did learn….
- I am not pregnant.
- There is nothing new in my abdomen.
- There is nothing in my pelvis….maybe an spot on bone L5 but that wasn’t mentioned in my Sunnybrook MRI.
Now I just have to wait for the lung one. I’m expecting it to say I have pleural effusion because I am still coughing up mucus. The last time they saw that my oncologist said I would be returning in 3 weeks to get the cancerous fluid drained from my lung. I told him it was allergies. I was right…the pleural effusion disappeared. However, I want to know about the spot(s) they they found on my right lung and fissure line the last time I had a scan. Hoping they disappeared like the IMPN on my pancreas. Oh, that would the a miracle I am searching for.
My family drs office phoned re: blood transfusion. Told them I’d phone back later if I was interested and did they know I was pregnant? And tomorrow I get to get up bright and early to visit my surgeon who put in my metal rods in my back in 2012. I’m going to bring him a bottle of wine and thank him that I’m not a paraplegic.
Sometimes I just wished all this would JUST GO AWAY.