I earned a few more gray hairs!
After Steph pushed the dye through the IV, she pulled the IV and Charlotte settled onto the table for the part she came for: watching 101 Dalmations (Betcha thought I was going to say Mary Poppins!).
Charlotte’s point of view during the test. She was actually irritated when the test was over because she hadn’t gotten to watch the movie to the end. (And she was hungry.)
There have been some incredible process improvement since Charlotte’s last lung perfusion test June, 2006). To begin with, Nuclear Medicine has a new, beautiful room within the radiology suite. It is bright, cheerful yellow; that in itself is a major improvement over the putty gray from last time. Even better, the machine is new. Rather than the donut that Charlotte had to be slid into, the new machine features two large rectangular cameras that angle around the patient, leaving lots of open space. To get the 360 degree view, these big rectangular cameras are rotated 60 degrees every 5 minutes. In one view, Charlotte is completely visible and not penned in at all. (I’m trying to find the last post and photos of the lung perfusion; stay tuned for an update to this post with a link.)Finally, and hands down Charlotte’s favorite part, the screen the technician uses for positioning and checking the medicine doubles as a video monitor.
Charlotte did tell me over lunch that she “didn’t want to do that again soon.” Who can blame her, really? But she was, as always, braver than brave.
My hat off to Steph, Emily and the digital imaging student. They made this a truly painless, happy 90 minutes or so.