Friday, 21 July 2017

Bone scan #4: healthcare appointment #59

UPDATE: 11:00 a.m. Friday– Our GP's office phoned. The bone scan does not show an cancer.

Thursday, July 20th, 7:00 a.m. – Departed home, for Ottawa. I let JB drive. I'm glad I did! There was some fog, and it looked beautiful. We've had a lot of rain in southeastern Ontario. You can see some fields are still wet, others with bare areas where seeds didn't germinate.

 I forgot my water bottle, so we stopped in Manotick at Timmy Ho's. I thought the dump truck was going to hit me! It's fun seeing the cows on the farm behind the coffee shop. 

On the road, was morning rush hour!

Up Riverside Dr., it was foggier, and pretty. The beach was quiet then, but very busy when we drove home past it!

8:45 a.m. – arrived in the parking lot, checked in for 8:57. Waited for our 9:30 appointment. They say to get there 20 minutes early. We were! JB had his injection of radioactive material, and off we went for breakfast.

The roads were crazy: construction and people going at the speed of light.

 9:50 a.m. – ordered breakfast at Cora's, across from an OCTranspo garage. JB had a questionnaire to fill in, then back for 11:30 bone scan. What a zoo, the restaurant! One little boy fetched a helium balloon, gave one to his sister. He promptly kept playing with it in the aisle. Banging and banging it, over and over.
His sister kept turning to stare at me. I threw a straw at her. She stopped.

Another boy was playing with his pancake, under his family's table, on the floor behind me! I didn't see him. Thankfully.

I told JB to turn around and poke the fork in the balloon. He refrained.

The breakfast was lovely. You'll note I had them hold the potatoes, and they added tomatoes. They were very accommodating, even though hubby had to bring his own almond milk. He had porridge.

 A cop was marking potentially illegal parkers on the road. They can park there two hours. We simply bought a day pass for the hospital parking lot. You can claim meals, parking and travel for sickness on income taxes. It has to worth your while, for the time it takes!

We drove around, and saw the allotment gardens.

11:10 a.m. – Back at the waiting room,  for an 11:30 a.m. schedule. JB gave me watch, keys, billfold. Lots of sick people, stretchers, bandages, wheelchairs. It gives me the willies. I don't know how people cope with all this.

A full waiting room. Three men, two women, then more arrived. Why one woman needed four people with her was crazy! She was a character. This biggest hair I've seen since the 80s, platform shoes, long red acrylic finger nails like talons! A discussion of Trumpcare are vs. Canadian Healthcare ensued. "At least we're not in the US."
One guy disagreed, we 'still have to wait.' (BUT we don't have to prepay!) With a bone scan, they inject the chemical and we disappeared for two hour. This is the way it works!
Next topic, letting in terrorists, and then paying terrorists...
I clenched my teeth.
I refrained from correcting their egregious arguments, and did my cross stitch, read a book chapter, and playing solitaire on my iPad. I used the beautiful, quilted carrying bag my friend, Jean, made for me!
They carried on, the hour I was sitting there, with bizarre conversations.

11:55 a.m. –  in JB went, he was given an apology for being late. He abandoned me in the waiting room. He was in there until 11:45. I was going nuts in the waiting room with people nattering on and on.
The parking lot was another zoo. A line-up 9 or 10 cars. Somebody didn't have their ticket validated...
Then the guy got out of his bus, and waved me around him. There were 3 cars behind me.

1:45 p.m. – On the way home we stopped in Manotick, to check out their new park. More on that later! We drove by a house I used to rent back in 1994. None of the trees were there then. The bungalow was built for the mansion owner's parents. They lived behind, 3-car garage, indoor pool, Lamborghini, on the river.  The father died just after it was built, and mother didn't want to live there alone. They rented it until I moved out, then put it on the market again. It was a nice interim location for us. I created the garden in the front, with plants from our old home. It's been enlarged.

A deer crossed our path along Rideau Valley Drive.

In case you wonder what it looks like... this is from the Civic Hospital.
Nov. 2013
Here he is. Radioactive material in his body.
They slide him in.

This was three years ago.
Bone Scan from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.


Anvilcloud said...

I feel for you having to do such trips. I wouldn't cope well. Or I guess if I had to ...

I've heard about Cora's and thought it migt be worth going since our fave breakfast place in CP has closed down. But now I don't think I ever will go there.

Nancy J said...

You coped so well!!! Love the day trip story, with all photos along the way. Yes, injection of the unseen stuff, then wait, then scan, all good things take time. I had that for my heart a few years ago. They told me the injection was very expensive, so to make sure I would attend!!! A small amount, then another when I did the treadmill and an ECG at the same time. That kid and the balloon, I would have called for immediate confiscation . Hugs from a very wet NZ, flooding severe in so many places.

Christine said...

All the best on the bone scan guys!

William Kendall said...

Quite a hectic day for you.

Debbie said...

i like being the passenger on road trips, never missing a photo op!! good news on the c...i don't like to say the word!!!

it is difficult to control kids in restaurants, i'm not sure why they always misbehave there!!!

Cloudia said...

Wishing you both the best! A most enjoyable Ontario trip

Red said...

You didn't miss much on that trip!

Denise inVA said...

That is good news about the scan. Very happy for you both. That looked like quite a trip. Bet you were happy to get home and have a nice, quiet cup of tea.