First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Hawkettes happy hour fundraiser last week, and to everyone who donated online to our Revlon Run/Walk page. We raised $700 at our fundraiser, and last I checked our team's online donations had raised another $1100, so that is $1800 we've raised for this good cause! I'll be walking proud on Saturday at the Run/Walk. Thank you all again.
Yesterday was my long day (almost 6 hours!) of tests, but the true "test experience" really started the day before.
To prepare for a PET scan - one of the three tests I had yesterday (the other two being a breast MRI and a CT scan) - I had to follow a low-carb diet the day before. It's restrictive enough that instead of giving you a list of things you CAN'T eat, they give you a list of the things you CAN eat. If it's not on the list, chances are you can't have it. I couldn't even chew gum!
Here's the list (yes, it's short enough that I can type the whole thing pretty quickly):
Veggies: green leafy veggies, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, beets, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and cauliflower.
Protein: tofu, beef, poultry, seafood, goat (Seriously? I can't chew gum but I can eat goat?), lamb and pork. (Note, being a vegetarian who doesn't really like tofu, this entire category was eliminated for me.)
Dairy: cheese, butter or margarine, milk, cream, fat-free yogurt and eggs.
Fruit: lemon, tomato, avocado, apples, plums, blackberries and olives. (NO fruit juices)
Yep, that's it. Actually, it wasn't really that bad. I had to forego my usual oatmeal for breakfast in favor of yogurt and blackberries. I had a salad for lunch (balsamic vinaigrette is the only dressing allowed, and that I only found out via Googling, since there were no dressings on the list), and I even went to a couple different places near my office before I could find milk sold in a single serving (since Diet Coke was NOT on the list). And then I made an omelette with cheese and veggies for dinner. Special thanks to my brother-in-law Kevin for giving me "omelette lessons" over the holidays this year - who knew they would come in so handy!
So anyway, I followed this diet on Tuesday, and then I wasn't allowed to eat anything at all after midnight, and couldn't even drink water in the 4 hours prior to the exam.