PET Scan

Monday (1/30) at 6:15 am, I had my first experience with the PET scan. First of all, the contraption you have to lay on during a PET scan is TINY. And, not only that, but you are put into an awkward position and told to remain completely still for as long as it takes them to scan you. For me, it was about 30 minutes to an hour. I, of course, did not have a clock in my range of sight, so I couldn’t tell you for sure. Oh, but I did have a lovely false sky scene on the ceiling. I actually felt like I was laying down in a field of flowers looking up at beautiful clouds in the afternoon sky. NOT.

Rewind. Before jumping into the PET bed, I was secluded in an itsy-bitsy room. Luckily I did have a very comfortable recliner to relax in. <–No sarcasm there, folks. I was injected with “radioactive fluid” (Yes, that’s what my technician told me), and was told to relax for 45 minutes while it spread to all of my cells. In addition, I was given a very large cup full of Barium. If you don’t know what that is, google it. It’s disgusting. Very thick, white liquid, similar to Maalox. I was instructed to drink the entire thing. That was no small feat, my friends. I gagged with every swig. I asked my technician if I could read while I “relaxed”. He said no, to which, I began laughing at. I soon found out, he was not joking. So, not only did I have to ingest liquid chalk, and be injected with radioactive fluid, I had to remain completely still for 45 minutes. At least I had that comfortable recliner… and someone to talk to.

Matthew 6:6 (Message Version)

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.”

3 Comments on PET Scan

  1. KC Dierenfield
    February 2, 2012 at 8:39 AM (12 years ago)

    Wow! Thanks for such a detailed blog of your journey! What an incredible writer you are…and of course what incredible woman of faith you are! We are all standing in prayer with you and am sharing your situation with anyone who we know that will pray.
    Love ya Steph…keep those blogs coming…I am sure this is good therapy for you as well.

  2. Susie Goodew
    February 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM (12 years ago)

    Stephanie, it is so good to get the full picture of all that is happening. Thank you so much for taking the time to write all of this out for us. I feel like I am now better able to be on the journey with you and understand the details. THANK YOU!!
    We love you and are praying for you two to have the Lord’s strength and wisdom. God’s truth is such a rock and shelter in these days. I am amazed, even though I shouldn’t be, at how God always gives you what you need when you need it. His lovingkindness is so evident. He truly does walk with us.


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