Sunday, 13 January 2013

Life, the Universe and Everything

Yes I have been thinking again – always dangerous!

Both Alan & I have been hit with some sort of bug this week, abdominal cramps and overwhelming tiredness – perhaps it was sleeping sickness! No temperatures or sickness etc but it laid us low for a couple of days. During my enforced periods of rest I got to thinking:

I was told by my thoracic consultant that 1 CT scan was the equivalent of approx 300 X-rays in terms of radiation. Now during 2012 I had 6 CT scans – equivalent to 1800 X-rays – works out at approx 4.9 X-rays per day for a year! This is still well within the radiation safety limits and the very small induced cancer risk does not make any difference to me with my condition. These 6 CT scans were all with a contrast dye which must do something to the body even though the benefits far outweigh the risks. Makes you think though doesn’t it?

My next thought was regarding the storage and availability of my CT scans. The scan I had in October was compared to one I had last January (both done in the same hospital). I asked what had happened to 4 scans in between but these had been done in a different hospital in a different Health Authority for the purpose of the drug trial I was on and therefore do not appear on my computerised medical records or so it would seem as otherwise why else would the radiologist ignore them? Where are the paper notes? Questions will be asked next week.

Still on the topic of scans I also found out this week that if a scan is sent from my local hospital to another in a different health authority they are deleted if not uploaded within 14 days. Why? 

Why has my taste for certain food changed? I guess my body is telling me something. Until recently I really disliked Baclava and Pilchards ( not together) but now they are my favourites and now I really dislike crisps and not keen on bread. Hmmm no more thinking for now but the answer to all these questions must be 42! 

Both Alan & I are on the up again so I can ease up on the thinking for a while! Hoping the forecast snow and ice is not too bad as I do like my chef to be able to get out and buy fresh produce!

It is with great sadness that I offer my condolences and love to the family of fellow Mesowarrior Cher Bright who passed away on 5th January – so young, so beautiful. RIP Cher.

Tess x


  1. It sounds like you've been doing a lot of thinking Tess, shame the NHS don't do the same isn't it? Glad you and Alan are feeling better after your bug. So sorry to hear about your friend
    hugs and positive vibes
    Claire xx

  2. Way too much thinking Tess. Get yourself a hobby. lol
    As for your changing taste??? No - you couldn't be!!!
    Love and hugs
    Beryl xx