The radiology office uses two different forms of contrast, the ER only one as they told me they don't have the time to wait for both. But whatever they did, nothing of an emergency nature showed. I do have diverticulosis, the majority of people over 70 do. What happened to me 3 years ago is a long, complicated story, so they wanted to be careful. But I am still not feeling right.
The contrast business is unsettling. The girl at the front desk of the radiology office where I'd stopped in the other day to make the appointment gave me two large bottles of contrast material to drink before I was to come in for the test. I told her of my past experience and "my problem," and she gave me a sheet of instructions on how to time and drink the contrast. When I got home, I googled it to see what it was. It said it was contraindicated in anyone who had a perforation, or was suspected of having one. And that was the reason they were doing the CT. It is very scary. We are all in trouble. We patients are at the mercy of incompetents.
The hospital ER said they never use that contrast regardless, because it takes too much time, so not to worry. They used something else. Just hope it was good enough to see what they needed to see.
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