Tuesday, November 01, 2005

MUGAs at Bergdorfs

just got a call from MSK
i can't schedule my tests until i'm registered
but i can't register until the day i see the doctor (friday)
but i can't start chemo until i have my tests
but i can't have my tests until i'm registered
which means that perhaps i will register friday, see the dr., get tested monday, then start chemo later in wk???
...
they just called back - i'll go early friday to register, try to sneak in the blood work, see the dr., and hopefully schedule my test for monday or tuesday, then do the *$&E#*# chemo.

the other choice was to shop around at other facilities to get the heart scan done. jesus.
not the kind of shopping i was thinking of. unless i can get a MUGA at bergdorfs?

5 Comments:

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12:07 PM  
Anonymous Beth Rosenberg said...

from your ludite friend beth..what is a MUGA?

xob

7:33 AM  
Blogger Eva said...

Sarah, May I answer this one ?

The MUGA is a test that is used to check the heart since some chemo drugs carry a slight risk of heart damage. The test is given before chemo starts and then done again weeks later to check to see that all is well with the old ticker.

Basic Procedure: Electrodes are placed on the chest and an intravenous line is placed in the arm to inject a radioactive isotope. Radioactive isotopes attach to red blood cells and pass through the heart in the circulation. The isotopes can be traced through the heart using special cameras or scanners. A camera is placed over the chest area to process the images.

The whole thing takes about an hour and it’s not so bad as tests go. The main challenge is just
staying still. Hopefully they will not be playing any New Age muzak for you.

If Bergdorf offered the MUGA, the gowns would be cuter.

Eva

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Beth Rosenberg said...

Eva..
thank you so much..i guess i got lazy and should have looked that one up..i really thought it was some kind of design/clothing item....i'm glad you clarified this...i will try my best to learn the bc lingo as it truly has its own language which i want to know about.

thanks...beth

2:59 PM  
Anonymous photo mugs said...

Ha ha… I was just surfing around and took a glimpse at these comments. I can’t believe there’s still this much interest. Thanks for posting about this.

3:46 AM  

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