They scheduled me at the Nashville, VA for a CT Bone Scan with Contrast, for that they insert an IV with a calcium solution that targets the bones and lights them up as all an white image. I lay on a table and a kind of gantry passes up and down the length of my body.
Now supervising Dr. Tang and signing off on all my charts was Peter Clark MD, a nationally recognized Urologist Cancer Specialist who primarily works across the street at Vanderbilt Medical Center Hospital, I found out many of the top doctors over at Vanderbilt also consults at the VA, ~~~ God bless them all.
After the scan they have you lay there as the radiologist reads the scan to see if they got what they wanted. The CT technician Jennifer came back in and asked me if I ever had a fractured rib on my left side.
I said not that I know of but did have a tractor accident several years ago (2006) that damaged my left kidney which they had to keep me in the hospital overnight to hydrate me with IV fluids as that injury sent me into kidney failure. If I did not respond to the IV hydration they would have to send me to Nashville to be dialysised , I responded well to the fluid challenge and was sent home after a couple of days.
She said the doctor wanted to know, I said I wanted to talk to him, (You ain’t gonna leave me hangin like that!) she said she would tell him.
Dr. Shah came into the procedure room and we sat at the computer and looked at the results, what I saw was all my bones all lit up and white, there was a very black circle in my groin area, and a small black spot on my 7th left rib.
He said because of a history of possible injury it could just be a small hairline fracture I did not know about, but he would look at it closer.
He asked me if they had scheduled me for a Abdomen Ct Scan, I said “yes, in December,” He said “that’s too long, wait here” He came back and told me to follow him and he walked me to the CT Department, and said they would take me in now.
Now here’s one thing a lot of people do not know, our VA System are the finest medical institutions I have ever came across, when you walk around any VA you’ll see a lot of the employees with a badge that says “I’m a Vet too!” I have NEVER ran into so many people really dedicated and go out of their way to serve veterans, I have never heard in my life so many people thank me for my service to my country! It chokes me up just to write this.
We have to take care of each other and ourselves, we appreciate each other, no matter where you served or what you did ~~~ we all supported each other in our service to our country.
I’m gonna speak my mind here, civilians, those that were the protected, complain, bitch and whine about how things are not the way they think it should be ~~` they need to just shut their mouths and go to a VA and talk to some of these men and women, get a clue! Think of someone other than themselves and their wants!
I say this cuz, when I was taken to the CT Department without a appointment they received me so graciously, not like I had put them out, or messed up their day ~~~ My records, they all read before they treat me, shows that I was a Combat Medic ~~~ they treated me with such honor and respect ~~~I cried~~~
They put me on a sliding table, that slid me into a machine that encircled the table like going into a donut hole. I lay still and the machine whirls and hums…then I was done
I drove the 120 miles home with no radio, in silence~~~ my mind bouncing all over the place.
What am I gonna tell Jennie and the kids?