November 8, 2013 (CT Bone Scan & Abdomen Scan)

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.


Bone Scan  My Whole Body Scan, notice that Black area in my groin area and on the first and second film my left 7th Rib~~~those are “Hot Spots” of cancer

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.

Abdomen Scan  Showing my Abdomen Lymph Nodes as being “Hot”

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?

2 thoughts on “November 8, 2013 (CT Bone Scan & Abdomen Scan)

  1. Cindy Murphy says:

    Thank you for your service in the vietnam war, my brother also served in the army and was in that war and he told me about the agent orange being used he is now 70. God bless you.

  2. Ronance Lynay Jackson-Hammond says:

    December 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm (Edit)
    Dad you have strengthened me with your Prayers,
    Blessed me with your Love and encouraged me with your hope
    I am blessed because I have a Dad who showed me how to be independent.
    I am blessed because my Dad knew his job was to make his daughters be Courageous & Fearless, to know what was right and what was wrong (whether we liked it or not). To always stand firm on the word of God, for this Dad you knew we could never go wrong and I Thank you!!
    You made us feel Beautiful (even if we thought the mirror was lying); you knew to give us, a sense of adventure, to make us feel secure and confident for through you, we are the daughters of Nathanael.
    The relationship between a dad and his daughters is very simple. She will Love her Father and trust him completely!, forever! because he is her first love, her first hero, the first Man in her Life.
    *********************************** Proverbs 14:26
    He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge ****************************************
    Psalm 127:3-5
    Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

    ****************************************Proverbs 22:6
    Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ************************************** Psalm 103:13
    As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

    I Love you Daddy, I Love how strong you are, I love that I have your blood running through my veins, I am proud you are speaking upon this testimony God has placed you through, to be the Strong Powerful voice in hope, to save a life, something you will always have a passion for!! I am right beside you through it all, I will be your cheerleader (I always was the one with my Fathers loud mouth) which I AM PROUD AS A PEACOCK TO SAY!!

    p.s. this one also made me cry!

    Love your Rootin ‘ Tootin

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