We traveled from Saint Louis to New Orleans and stayed at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge. There is no doubt this place was a godsend, this trip would’ve been impossible without it.
On the first day of scans we tried to find the hospital by following the GPS. Unfortunately, the city had two streets with almost the exact same name and so we were taken to the other side of the city. It was frustrating to say the least but we managed to make it to the hospital to get a whole truck load of scans.
Inside of the car it was cool and comfortable, but stepping outside into that muggy air was incredible. It was strange to go from quasi spring/winter air to the summer heat. There were stingy and buzzy bugs flying this way and that. We walked in and registered, they told us to follow the fancy blue line. It was the guide that would take us to the testing area. I felt like it was like the yellow brick road, only a different color and much thinner.
They gave me a cool salmon colored bracelet. It was that fancy stretchy tape stuff, they used it to hold the IV in my arm in place because I have a latex allergy. Then they gave me my octreotide dose and sent me back into the waiting room to hangout. For the next hour and a half, I drank pool water flavored beverages until it was time to get tests. I had some conversations with the locals. I was attempting to ascertain some good spots to eat fooduals.
Finally, the time came and I headed into the special room and laid on my back in the machine forever. I surprise myself by the extent that I’ve gotten used to these devices. For the rest of this day and the next I spent a great deal of time in these tubes chilling out to the sound of clicks and pops. All in all, the time spent getting the scans was quite pleasant. If there is one thing I must say about Ochsner is that their employees are very friendly. The hospital was quite pleasant.