Barium? I say bari-yuck. This morning I had my upper GI scan to clear me for LAP BAND surgery. I could have thought of nearly 500 things I would’ve rather had for breakfast.
My appointment was at 10:00am and I got there right on time. I checked in, paid, and waited. When it was my turn, we went back to the x-ray machine and I took off my shirt and put on a gown. The nurse (I guess?) gave me a summary of what would happen and then called in the radiologist. Here’s what happened:
- First, I stood up on the machine to get a blank picture of my stomach to make sure it was empty.
- Second, the nurse mixed up a bubbly thing like alkaseltzer and I had to chug it without burping.
- Then, I had to swallow about 8-10 ounces of barium. It was incredibly heavy. She handed me the cup and I nearly dropped it because it was so dense.
- They took a couple pictures, and then they reclined the x-ray machine.
- I rolled over and over to let the barium coat my stomach.
- More pictures
as I tried not to puke.
Then, it was over. It only took about 20 minutes. Alden and Noah stayed with my in-laws and Alden was so happy to see me when I got home. I was hoping to get my surgery scheduled today, but the office closed at noon, so I guess I will be waiting until Monday.