so i had the barium meal yesterday morning. as per usual not as bad as i thought it was going to be. when i arrived i checked my pulse in the small, clean alcove that i was wheeled into. so as not to look like a hypo it took me several times, as when a doc or nurse walked past me i quickly folded my hands. well my pulse was 58bpm, not exactly an anxious pulse yet i still felt all the familiar feelings that go with anxiety. this was going to be a real test for me, over the past year ive put up with some pretty demanding tests, yet to drink some awful slop while laying down, well i convinced myself it wasnt going to be pleasant.
i changed into the fashionable gowns they provide, the jovial nurse tied the back up for me, then i climbed onto the flat metal table. she talked me through what was going to happen, then came the mixture. didnt look too bad, considering i had to drink two lots of potassium tablets last year, (worse possible taste ever, cats pee would taste delicious in comparison) i just thought please lets get this over with. the doc walked in, asked whether i had ehlers danlos, yep i have, also pots, something which he hadnt heard of, he informed me that he must 'look that one up'. i was told to take a gulp of the mixture, i did, chalky, space dust, you remember the small packets of black with orange moons on that popped in your mouth well thats what it reminded me off. i had to take quite a few mouthfuls, the test was over in about ten minutes. kind nurse gave me some wet tissue to wipe my attractive white lips and i was off. i even managed a quick cuppa afterwards. so there you go, always thinking the worse. one funny thing, they told me it goes in white and comes out white, mmmmm. im not a fox!!!