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Stop breathing... ... ...ok, breathe away [Sep. 5th, 2008|12:56 pm]
Stephan
I think I understand why the word "cat" is associated with the scan. In the middle of the day you're required to lie on your back motionless with your paws up and wish you were protected from the draft by having more fur on your bare shoulders.

Handing in my referral as I arrived, I was informed that the procedure would take about 15 minutes and to remove my shirt, and lie on the platform (bench, table, whatever it's called - that "flat thing there"). At the moments when the "photographs" (whatever) are taken the radiographer(?) would instruct me via the intercom to cease breathing until told to resume (no wisecracks, please :P )

I checked my watch just before and after the procedure and it was actually completed in 10 minutes, yet felt like 30.

I kept my eyes closed nearly the whole time, which was probably unnecessary and made me feel sleepy. The machine gave me the cold shoulder (litterally) from the draft caused by its air cooling system.

Every few minutes I would hear a click and static hiss from the intercom system and the radiographer(?) instructed me then to "Stop breathing." Easier said than done because the platform's movements were not smooth as I'd expected by almost as jerky as a Cityrail S-class. Each unexpected movement pushed the precious air out of my lungs. Then a few moments later I would be told "Ok, breathe away" and I'd grab a much desired deep inhale. The first few instances of this caught me on the exhale phase. Gradually I became conditioned to notice the click from the intercom and time my breath, however I found that having full lungs was more awkward because of the platform movements.

I tried to entertain myself by imaginging what a cat-scan would look like with a foxaroo as the subject, and I envisaged a hammock arrangement in order to cope with the tail. Ultimately though my mind drifted and inexplicably I perceived myself as a male Bowman's Wolf being examined for defects.

When wall was done and I was set free I groggily strode out of the medical centre, adjusting my senses to the surroundings.

...and that was just the examination. I've no idea what conclusions are expected to be drawn, or treatment(s) recommended.
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2008-09-05 11:58 am (UTC)
im still hoping for the best for you :)

i had to stay in one for an hour and a half last year,at first it was cool and draft but after an hour those suckers get hot :O
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-09-05 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thank heavens it only went for 10 minutes in my case! :o
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-09-05 01:41 pm (UTC)
You can also imagine a big chocolate-fur dog as the radiology tech. Then, they'd charge you for the cat scan and the Lab work.

Hope the results are useful.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2008-09-06 03:33 am (UTC)
Manifesting good thoughts for a positive outcome and a solution to your discomfort.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-09-06 08:38 am (UTC)
Thanks Old Wolf. :)
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-09-06 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what wisecracks you were expecting. All I thought of was an "Animaniacs" Goodfeathers case of bad grammar: "Hold it till I tell ya to, capisce?"
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-09-07 02:03 am (UTC)
Example wisecrack: "Stop breathing... when you turn the right shade of blue I'll tell you to start breathing again."

Guybrush Threepwood (the Monkey Island adventure game character) can hold his breath 10 minutes. I couldn't manage 30 seconds. :(
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-09-07 08:00 pm (UTC)
The X-Man Beast said that he learned to hold his breath 10 minutes shortly after puberty. I inferred from this that his hairy mutation became particularly pungent at that time.
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