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Well yesterday I got a call with our son Ethan's ct scan date Mar 19th I will have to change it to a few days later as the twins have their first appt with the new ped that day. I am now a ball of nerves all over again.
What can I expect at this appt? We are not sedating, but were told we could help hold his head still. He will NOT be happy with no food in his tummy! I'm going to try to get it for 9:30am like the original appt.
03-09-2007, 11:51 AM
How old is Ethan again? Are they having you do no food incase they need to sedate him?
First off your little one is SO cute!!! I love that pic of her.
Our twins are 22 mos. I discussed sedation options this morning with the diagnostic booking lady and we've decided to not sedate(food/drink only until 3 hours prior to scan) and if it doesn't work reschedule. She said they don't like to sedate little ones if they don't have to and it is an IV, which would be worse for Ethan imo. So I guess we'll see how it goes.
I rescheduled for next Thur 15th in the morning. I'm very nervous for the results. I'm putting it all in God's hands.
Hi Addy. My grandson had this scan recently. He is almost 7 mo. now. He could not eat from midnight on, with the scan at 8am. The no food no water is a precaution for the sedation. He did not need it anyway as he was good and did not fuss about it!
Good call on your part... As, the problem is... When a person has had no food and especially no liquid, the veins constrict... they disapear.
However is is very important to not eat or drink before sedation. The meds. used can cause vomiting, if there is anything in the stomach this can cause serious problems while the person is under.
( In the event of a fasting blood test, do drink water! You can even have black coffee!) No cream, no sugar! but certainly drink water as this will help greatly when they go looking for a vein.*This does not apply for a glocose tolerance..onluy sips of water for that one.*
With the little ones, always keep them warm before a blood draw as if they are cold the veins will also disapear.
OK I'm done with my tip of the day! Good luck!
Thx for the pinters Lor, much appreciated!
Did you find the results from your grandson's scan? I hope all is ok.
03-13-2007, 09:54 PM
If I didn't have the sedation for the cat scan then maybe you might want to ask if he can have a little tynenol before hand to make him a little bit sleepy.
Ethan had his scan and it went well with no sedation yay! Now the nerve racking part-the results(3-5 days approx). Prayers appreciated :)
I'm glad the scan went well! Just wanted to let you know Ethan's in my thoughts. I know how hard the wait it. Just try to keep yourself busy.
take care ((hugs))
03-16-2007, 11:52 AM
:cheer I knew he could do it, it's not impossible to have a CT without sedation Matt had it done two times! Great job little guy.:icon_mrgr
03-16-2007, 12:58 PM
Way to go Ethan! I'm glad you didn't have to add sedation to the list! Now more waiting- sometimes the hardest part. Our prayers are with you!
03-16-2007, 01:50 PM
I'm so glad that Ethan was able to go without the sedation. The waiting is the hardest part. I will keep you and Ethan in my thoughts.
Thx so much ladies and I'm so proud of my little boy! He was very brave even when his mommy didn't feel so brave herself LOL The waiting is the hardest part and also the finding out unless it is good news of course. To think we may have to go through this process twice yikes. I guess God doesn't give us anything we can't handle. Thanks for all your support :)
I'll let you know when I find out anything.
Glad to hear it went well. The waiting is hard,... and do they want to do a scan on your daughter as well? I strongly agree with, God doesn't give us anything we can't handle. I have brought this up for debate with him many times, and this was true for me. However, it's his sense of humor you've got to watch out for!
The twins went and seen their new ped today and he felt it was probably a combination positional/premmie why their head shapes are as they are and that not much could be done now. One thing he said which I don;t agree with is if Ethan's scan comes back negative that Lexi probably will not need a scan because it is rare fo both twins to have it and seeing they have the same head shape chances are she doesn't have it. Also he said sagittal synostosis is cosmetic...not from stories I've heard it can lead to pressure on the brain etc.
I think if it comes back Ethan has cranio I'll just wait to talk to the neuroseurgeon he knows best.
The ped is going to try getting the results for tomorrow and have his nurse call me, which I would've preferred hearing with my husband at the nuerologists, but I guess that's what is going to happen. I'm pretty scared to hear these results. One good thing the ped said is their frontals/soft spots feel open. What threw me is he said their head shapes look like a 26-28 wk premmies and ours were born at 34, which upset me. I can't wait till this whole thing is over.
I'll keep you all posted. Hope everyone is doing well.
03-20-2007, 01:08 PM
Addy, sounds like you and your family have had a difficult few days. I just wanted to say that I will be thinking for you all at this time.
03-20-2007, 01:39 PM
Sorry it wasn't the best experience. Who will be reading the scans? Will the pedi or will a nuerosurgeon be reading them? If you've had the scan done, I'd want to ensure it is read by someone who specializes in cranio (the nuerosurgeon).......
Sarah: Thx that means alot and I'm so happy to hear about Jack!
Jennifer: That's how I felt, I'd like the neurologist who ordered the scan to read the results to us. The ped is getting the radiologist's report from the scan and is having his nurse relay the results over the phone to me-more to worry about if it's bad news. I'd rather hear it face to face from the neurologist so we know our options and the report is read correctly. I tried telling the ped this, but he didn't understand why I preferred it this way-oh well now I wait till the phone rings.
03-20-2007, 02:15 PM
I'm sorry you are having such a hard time. Waiting is the hardest part. It sounds like there are a lot of hands stiring the pot right now. Will you eventually get to speak with the NS or does your Ped have all the control? I can't imagine having two babies to worry about. Good luck with everything. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
03-21-2007, 11:34 AM
The waiting part is hard but just try to keep busy and it will go by fast. The NS is better off reading the scan results because they know exactly what they are looking for I will pray for your family, take care.
Jukes/Mathews Mommy: Thx for your support and prayers I need all I can get right now. Jules, how I understood it is we will talk with a NS only if they or one of them has cranio. otherwise we go through the neurologist who requested the scan for Ethan. I also feel the neurologist should be telling us results not the ped's nurse ove the phone. Do you think it would sound odd if she phoned to say I want to wait till the neurologist follow up appt. ? I'm just scared if the results do say cranio.
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