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#1 miocean

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:53 PM

I had a quantitation ventilation - perfusion lung scan today.

 

"Nuclear Ventilation/Perfusion Scan (VQ Scan) studies both airflow (ventilation) and blood flow (perfusion) in the lungs. The purpose of this test is to look for evidence of a blood clot in the lungs, (pulmonary embolus,) that lowers oxygen levels, causes shortness of breath, and can be fatal." Posted by Sweet 2011 in Sclero Forums.

 

This was a new test for me: it involved breathing in a radioactive gas through a mask and being scanned, then having a radioactive liquid injected and scanned again.

 

I now have a letter to carry around with me stating that I am radioative (in case I am stopped by homeland security!)   :D  Funny but true. Not that I would be checked here in my little beach town but being as I have to travel in and out of NYC and the heightened security I could be stopped at a checkpoint at a bridge or a tunnel. 

 

I also had a carotid artery scan and another "new" test for me, a stress echocardiogram with bubble. This test combined a standard echo, then an injection of saline and air, getting on a treadmill and walking until exertion, quickly laying down and repeating the echo. It is designed to give a better idea of how the heart is functioning than a standard echo. 

 

I'll be interested in seeing the results and hoping all will be good with them!

 

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#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 09:24 AM

Hi Miocean,

 

You know you're a really hot woman when all the Geiger counters flip out whenever you stroll by!

 

Isn't it amazing the obscure tests they can drum up for lung transplant evaluation?!  You will definitely be even more certifiably glow-in-the-dark by the time the process is completed. 

 

They even have a cool stomach emptying test where you get to chow down on a yummy bowl of radioactive oatmeal.  Gene loved it so much, he asked for seconds, and he will be passing the humor torch onto you when you run into that one. 

 

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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 07:45 AM

Miocean you are such a show off! :lol:


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#4 miocean

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:02 PM

Amanda,

 

You made me laugh...As my mother-in-law would say, "anything for attention!"

 

P.S. She had limited scleroderma and never lost her sense of humor. Her short term memory was another thing.... :rolleyes:

 

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:36 PM

Miocean you are an excellent example of someone who has a well developed sense of humour because of what scleroderma has put you through. That humour stands you in good stead and is a great example.

 

Keep on laughing...all of us!

 

Take care.


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#6 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:29 AM

Amanda and Miocean, you both set an excellent example of deploying humor to deal with life's woes!

 

I can't imagine even trying to cope with scleroderma without a very keen sense of humor, one which is willing to leap at nearly anything for a laugh, can you?

 

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#7 miocean

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:00 PM

Well, Shelley, I learned it from YOU!!!!

 

:you-rock:

 

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