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Monday, June 27, 2011
Nolan's first upper GI barium test was a little bit of an ordeal - he wouldn't drink it, so they had to administer the barium via NG tube, and then we had to wait around for a while to make sure the barium cleared his system. Plus, the radiology waiting room was way overbooked, so there was nowhere to sit or stand while waiting for the test.
This time was a complete 180 from the first test. There was no-one in radiology except for us (and one other family completing an upper GI), and we were called back at exactly 9:30am for the test. They did one "pilot" X-ray of Nolan's empty stomach, and then called him back for the barium test. While I can't stay in the room during the actual test, we had talked about the procedure over the weekend.
Nolan agreed to drink the barium while standing up (the table rotates to accommodate this), and was absolutely brilliant about the whole thing. He didn't seem to mind the barium much - his Zantac tastes much worse, and as long as he didn't have to get a "tubie," he thought drinking the barium was just dandy.
The test was so fast I could hardly believe it - within 15 minutes they said they were done and sent us on our merry way. We pulled out of the parking garage by 10:30am, and headed to the Buffalo Zoo. We spent a lovely afternoon as a family, looking at the elephants and gorillas.
The report will be at the ENT's office by tomorrow afternoon. It is most likely normal: his first scan was also completely normal, even though he had extremely severe reflux. For some reason, Nolan's reflux is off-the-charts severe on the probes, but never seems to show up on the scintiscans or the upper GI series.
At least it is one more appointment done and over with. The rest of this week slotted with lots of outdoor play and soccer games!