Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 2558 - The Lovin Life Linky - Nuclear Medicine Edition

Beware! I'm radioactive.


As you know I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 10 years ago.  You may also know it's been flaring up quite a bit these last few months which I blame on the frustratingly long Canberra winter.




So a couple of weeks ago, in an attempt to get a handle on my health, I fronted up to the ridiculously good looking doctor (I blogged about that here) and he sent me off for blood tests and a bone scan.

The idea is to ensure this is actually fibromyalgia we're dealing with and not something else that may be either (a) more treatable (yes please) or (b) more deadly (no thanks).

Anyway, my bone scan appointment was on Friday and I thought it worth writing about.

Keeping in mind this is the Lovin' Life Linky about all things positive in our lives.  This post is definitely a "taking control" post about ageing positively.   

So a bone scan is a nuclear medicine test where they inject a very small amount of a radioactive "tracer" into the blood stream.   Areas where too much or too little tracer has been absorbed by the body might indicate tumours, infection and fractures.

Apparently it can show problems days to months earlier than a normal x-ray.  Of course there are risks.  It's not recommended during pregnancy or when breastfeeding and there's a very small chance you can develop cancer in the long term from the radiation.

So on Friday I fronted up and got injected with radioactive liquid and had some quick scans done. I was then sent away for two hours before returning for another hour's worth of "don't move, lie perfectly still" scans.

The scanner itself was not unlike a CT machine.  You lie on a bed and get moved through a tunnel where a gamma camera takes scans of your entire body.  At one point the tunnel rotated around me to get a 3D image of my whole body.  The gamma camera works by detecting a radioactive energy that emits from the body and converts it into an image.

Isn't that interesting?

So on this Lovin' Life Sunday I could chat about the many other things I've done this week, but to be honest, right now what I'm lovin' about life is the ability to take my health by control by managing every aspect of it, including guiding my doctor through the next steps.



In other news I got to hang out with one of my lovely lovin' life linkers this past week.  Sydney Shop Girl and I caught up for a real life hug and a cuppa.  I'll write more about my in-real-life catch-ups soon. It was so great to meet you SSG! 

So instead of giving you boring pictures of nuclear scans, I'll give you BRUNCH! The brunch I had with SSG.

A salmon, egg and spinach roll with a blogger I've been following for almost as long as I've been blogging.
Thanks for the catch up SSG!  


Have you ever had a nuclear medicine scan?

Caught up with any bloggers in real life recently?

What are you lovin' about life this week?

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It's linky time! 

If you're a blogger then feel free to link up a post that reflects what you're lovin' about life.  It could be a moment, a picture, a conversation, some food, a product, a dress, a hobby, an event, a place, a memory or a person - it's all about reminding ourselves what's good in our world. 

All bloggers are welcome! Fashion, food, beauty, business, personal, parenting ... whatever ...

If you're not a blogger then feel free to use the #lovinlifelinky hashtag to tag instagram photos or tweets about the things that are making you smile.  You can also click on some of the Lovin' Life links below and see what else is in the blogosphere.  You might be able to add a few sites to your reading list! So much to love ...



20 comments :

  1. I hope you get some GOOD news from your radioactive experience. Yes, I too have had those. All good for me. Nice seeing you got to catch up with SSG. How exciting. Enjoy your Sunday. Going to be a warm one here.

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    1. Glad you got good results on your scan, I am sure I will be the same.

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    2. Thanks for linking up for Life This Week Leanne!

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  2. I've had a bone density scan but not sure if that's the same thing. It was something i had to do after being diagnosed as coeliac a decade or so ago. (As the disease - undiagnosed - can cause problems in terms of bone development etc...) I think it was more like an xray though.

    Love the positivity here and that you're taking control of your health. Something we all need to do!

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    1. I'm not sure if they are the same or not. Similar I expect.

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  3. I hope that your results are all good news for you Leanne.
    As I have only been blogging for less than a year, i haven't met any blogging friends yet, but I have made some really lovely friends as a result of blogging, which I am so grateful for.

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    1. Blogging is a great way to meet people, that's for sure.

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  4. The brunch looks yummy and fingers crossed for some positive results. It's been ages since I've met up with any bloggers!

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    1. I made this year my year for in-real-life meet ups. So far I've met heaps! So happy I made that decision.

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  5. Hoping for good results for you, but yes, being able to be involved with your health management is priceless.

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    1. Thanks Jo. I'm sure it will all be fine. Just a precaution really.

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  6. Best of luck with your scan result and it was so lovely to meet up! Need to do it again soon!

    SSG xxx

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  7. Best of luck with the results Leanne. Hopefully they're fast and have good news. All of that dye injecting and lying completely still are not the pleasantest things in the world. I've only ever done an MRI and CT Scan and those were enough for me!
    Meanwhile, I'm so very jealous of that pie, it looks delicous!

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  8. I love when you find the right medical care team and can be proactive with your health. I'm wavering between reactive and proactive right now! And that pie looks amazing.

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  9. Like Deb, I've had a bone density scan done, which is different and thankfully I have good bones. If only I could say the same about my blood pressure and cholesterol, sigh ...

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  10. I've never had one of those kind of scans, but I had 'mapping' done before my cancer surgery and then, of course, radiation treatment. I hated it. Hate the feeling of being trapped on those machines...*shudders* Anyway, all the best for your results. I'm sure it will be fine. And your brunch looked really yummy!

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  11. I have never met any bloggers in real life. Maybe I should go to a blogging event one of these days.

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  12. That does not sound like fun :( I hope your positive thinking brings you good news very soon x

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  13. Never had a scan before. Sending you positive vibes... Never caught up with bloggers in RL but plan to change that next year! Thanks for hosting #LovinLifeLinky

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