Today I had my first PETSCAN, another $400 out of pocket that is ok I am heading up to $50,000 now still one surgery to go. Still people argue we have a fantastic health system. Well I think it sucks actually. (for cancer patients anyway) As I am a cancer patient and whether you have medical fund or not you will pay big dollars. Out of pocket expense not covered by medicare or health fund. But Australia citizens pay for drug addicts, young girls whom fall pregnant to stranger's on the street get $5,000 plus the pension. WOW what a great system. Look at it!
I urge you check out what your covered for???? you may get a shock.
Anyway today my experience: Its good to know, I feel what happens. I have suffered no pain at all.
I have not solved why I have massive chest pain, breathing difficulties and giant welts on my body.
Well PETSCAN drink plenty of water and fasting for 6 hours. Thats ok, I did that my test was 12.30pm. I was totally hungry and lost, but full of water, Great news is you can go to the toilet, atleast that water can go..It is hard to have a full bladder, we all know from being pregnant that is hard to do. But today all good. The scan place only running 15 minutes behind too, that is fab sometimes you can wait up to 2 hours and that is hard..
I got an consultation talking about the facts and history great 20 mins, then I had to have to radioation for an hour, that was ok. Just stay warm I had a little nap in this time, in a room on my own feeding radiation into my blood. After that go to the toilet and the actual test takes 20 to 30m mins. They tie your feet still and your arms. Make sure you are in a comfortable position before you are straped up as you cannot move. Really I was ok. Just I fasted since midnight so no food and drinking heaps water affected me. It basically took under 3 hours all up, I had a bite to eat and headed to a girlfriends. She said I was pale and shaking, that happened today I am ok. Results monday I hope. So no pain, a little long but ok. Reassuring to know its easy actually the fasting is the worst bit. Life is great I am here drinking a wine and telling you not to worry.
So don't it is ok!
The thought of these tests is much worse than actually going through it...