Had to go to Orillia Hospital for a cardiolite stress test as part of work up for transplant consideration.
With an IV in my right arm I got some cardio sensors and climbed on the treadmill. Once I got warmed up and they increased treadmill speed, the radio isotope was added via the IV and then to full speed very briefly. My “training regimen” of extra walking with a dash of hill climbing at the off leash park helped.
Then a couple of glasses of ice water in the cafeteria and a stroll over to nuclear medicine where they took photos to track the isotope. I have to go back to tomorrow morning for the second set of photos. And then it is done.
Don’t worry it isn’t happening anytime soon. But today was another piece of preparatory work up for a kidney transplant. It was an electrocardiogram. I have another piece to go for sometime soon, a radioactive dye stress test. These will be followed with some kind of interview to be held down in the big smoke, Toronto, or so I assume. This workup is repeated annually to ensure that when a donor kidney is available and when my name is at the top of the waiting list, I am actually ready and still healthy enough to have the transplant with a good chance of success. I have been told the waiting time in Ontario for a cadaverous kidney is eight years.