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mental prep for tomorrow’s PET scan

Posted Aug 26 2011 1:37am

Trying to relax before my PET scan tomorrow. I took only one glucose reading today; it was 122, a good reading for me and well below the maximum for the PET scan. I am taking the approach that the less I think about it today, the less I will be overly fixated and jittery about the whole process. PET scans make me hyper, anyway, when my tumor markers are rising, but I cannot afford to have stress interfere with the scan by driving up my glucose reading. What can I do at this point when I am eating only protein, fasting as required, drinking water and doing anything I can to relax. Deep breaths and visualization.

Since the tech squeezed me into the schedule this week to ensure I get my scan as soon as possible, he got me in before any of the regularly scheduled patients arrive at 7:00 am. That means I have to be at the imaging center at 5:00 am. I went to the infusion center today to access my PowerPort for the scan since the center opens at 7:00. In days of recent past while I was still working, I would get up around 4:30, so this would not be a challenge. Tomorrow, however, after a year of sleeping until six o’clock or later, it will be quite a feat for me to be out the door by 4:30. Thank goodness Marvin keeps a regular schedule of very early bird. At least one of us will be awake on the ride to the cancer center. Even better that he’s alert so early as he will be driving.

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