Thursday, February 14, 2013
I had the CT scan this morning after many phone calls regarding the dye. I got what I'm calling a "dry" scan with no dye. I'd reacted to the Ultravist contrast dye a couple of years ago when I was tested for lung cancer (um, turned out to be GERD) via CT scan. I had an itchy throat which was closing up, heart palpitations/racing, anxiety, dizziness (I've since come to learn that all this is due to histamine intolerance). I was given IV Benadryl (an anti-histamine) and not allowed to drive home by myself. Dh picked me up. It's now forever possible to have a bigger anaphylactic response, ie I could die. That would be a Royal Bummer. The tech said I was therefore likely allergic to iodine. I'm so fuzzy about understanding iodine and my Hashimoto's and being allergic to it.
I asked the tech if I needed to take off any metals (last time I had to take off my bra which was embarrassing) and she said no because she wasn't going to scan that high. I took off my necklace anyway. She scanned w/my pants on and it turns out my pants had metal grommets which interfered w/the picture: I had to rescan. If you know me, I try to minimize my exposure to radiation and this was UPSETTING. grr. (And you could see where I'd have worn the necklace.)
Results early next week.