Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I've had better drinks

So, in case you ever get the itch to drink barium sulfate (ok so the doctor told me to) some things to keep in mind:
1. Refrigerate it - no really - I almost didn't and I'm very, very glad I did.
2. Apple is better than Berry and Berry is better than Orange (no I didn't drink three "smoothies" - was tauted on label as Apple/Berry Smoothie, and well it was thick and creamy but something was missing. I got a "double shot" of orange upon arrival.)
3. If given 30 minutes to drink all super gulp ounces of it - under 10 is best, I can't imagine prolonging the pleasure.
4. Once you're able - drink lots of water (you can use your imagination as to why that's a good idea).

But all told - now that the mystery of what drinking that stuff would be like; I'd rather drink this stuff then have it infused into my veins any day.

Gives new meaning to being enlightened - ok bad, bad pun.


Lee said...

Sorry you had to go through that, JSD! I've never had the barium stuff but I had the colon cleanse...that's no fun either and last way too long. I hope everything was fine.

jsd said...

Lee: all is well - it was a just in case CT Scan.

Susan Palwick said...

Oh, how I can relate to this! I had a just-in-case CT scan one winter during a blizzard; my appointment got rescheduled because of weather, and I wound up chugging barium in my car while trying to navigate through swirling snow.

This puts the real in surreal, you know?

jsd said...

Hi Susan, I think I understand (though by far yours was much more of a surreal moment). I didn't have to drive through a blizzard, but on my way to the imaging place I got lost. It was still very dark out and somehow I missed a turn. So I'm on the cell trying to get directions (ok, not the safest thing) chugging the second bottle of barium - hoping I still get there in time so that I don't have to go through this experience twice. Two hours of prep for a four minute scan, ya just gotta smile.

Marshall said...

Well, we're getting better with flavoring. I do remember some years ago getting a chocolate barium milkshake that actually tasted like a chocolate milk shake - or at least close enough to make it easy to take.

Of course, I'm still looking forward to that Star Trek tricorder scan....

Thanks, by the way, for looking in at my blog. I'm glad you found it interesting.

jsd said...

Marshall: If only I'd have known - I'm a fan of chocolate.

...Oh and the telaporter...

Your blog has given me lots to think about.