Posted to Facebook on 11/30 at Roughly 4 p.m.
The scan is finally over. Ana was transported by ambulance to the building with the PET machine even though it’s around the block. This was for legal/insurance reasons because admitted patients aren’t allowed to leave the building (though obviously she did leave, so…it’s all pretty absurd).
We walked through a labyrinthine post-apocalyptic hellscape in the basement of the scan building to get her to where she needed to be (she was being pushed on a gurney the entire time – all very official like). The nurse who administered the contrast was amazing. She had to put a new I.V. in because Ana’s had been in since Friday and was actually leaky which you REALLY don’t want when injecting radioactive contrast into someone’s veins. Ana got very upset because they had to use her right arm and she always uses the left for an I.V. but the nurse was extremely patient.
By this time it was about 2 and Ana hadn’t eaten since 10 p.m. the day before, so she drank down the gross contrast in 5 minutes and then we watched The Office for 45 minutes until it was time for the scan. And that was that. They took her back through the hellscape and into the ambulance. We’re in her room once again (I made another chipotle run) and now we wait for the results, though since it’s already 6:30, I’m not especially optimistic that we’ll have them today.
Her pain seems barely controlled. It hurts when she laughs, sits up from a reclined position and walks. She’s expressing a lot of anxiety about performing at the show, but still really wants to do it. I’m going to ask to speak with the pain team again hopefully tonight.
Tomorrow will look a lot like today except instead of a scan she’ll be getting the biopsy. That means she’ll be under general anesthesia and in recovery for about four hours (without eating). I’ll likely post an update tomorrow morning, hopefully with the PET results. Thanks, as always for your well wishes, prayers and love. ??