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Discussion: Contrast fluid

in: Swampfox; Swampfox > 2020-08-12

Aug 13, 2020 12:51 AM # 
You're supposed to get COVID-19 first, so you can't taste it.
Aug 13, 2020 2:33 AM # 
That was the equivalent of a 1000K O course. Glad to hear that your prognosis is good.
Aug 13, 2020 3:03 PM # 
Glad you are out of the hospital and doing well.
Aug 14, 2020 12:05 AM # 
So glad you are OK. What an ordeal!
Aug 14, 2020 1:56 PM # 
In 2021 I suggest better vacations with better refreshments. Glad you are back safe and sound in the swamp.
Aug 14, 2020 2:35 PM # 
Thank you, Mr. Goop. Please pass on my regards to Gwyneth.
Aug 14, 2020 5:22 PM # 
One wonders when all gets quiet. Glad to hear you're on the mend.

Trying to remember what they made me drink when I got an Upper GI exam during OBC. Barium, maybe? I didn't puke it up, but I pooped white chalk for days after. I don't remember it being much fun, but nor do I recall anything as unpleasant as you describe.

Turns out the culprit in my case was a parasite I picked up either in Hungary or Russia. That wasn't identified until a decade later, which is interesting in itself. They didn't know it existed when they ran all the tests, but it showed up in my medical files when I retired. It apparently cleared by system about 18 months later (in Bosnia). Perhaps I picked up a bigger, nastier parasite that scared the first one away. Who knows?
Aug 14, 2020 6:04 PM # 
It probably gets down to how tough you are. I'm not very tough. Yesterday a yellow jacket ambushed me in my yard and stung my ankle. The sting reinforced how un-tough I am--it hurt.

Maybe you didn't drink enough of the barium stuff to enjoy it's full capabilities. Or, maybe over time scientists have labored hard to improve the fluid, so that it is even more unpleasant than it formerly was.
Aug 14, 2020 7:41 PM # 
When I was hospitalized a few years ago, they made me drink something before using a machine to check out my insides. In my case, it was pineapple juice. I won't recommend my unidentified ailment, but I will recommend the test that requires pineapple juice. And I got to listen to Grateful Dead music during the test, although it was hard to hear because the machine was so loud.
Aug 14, 2020 7:47 PM # 
Apparently you didn't dime your amplifier. That would have helped. 100w through a 4x12 cab will take care of about anything.
Aug 14, 2020 10:13 PM # 
Best wishes från Irland. Eat, drink and be merry.
Aug 14, 2020 11:10 PM # 
It is the time of year to be eating surströmming. How does the contrast fluid compare to surströmming? If you had to have one or the other, which would you pick?
Aug 15, 2020 12:12 AM # 
Look, I've never had surströmming. All I can say is that (some) people eat surströmming voluntarily. Nobody wakes up in the morning thinking: "Hey, I believe I will have some contrast fluid for dinner."
Aug 16, 2020 9:39 PM # 
One of the reasons for that may be that there´s no specific holiday related to drinking contrast fluid. Eating surströmming at least is a tradition that many people find important to keep alive. I´m not one of them though, but if invited I´ll have one or two but spend most of my time eating potatoes and bread. Maybe a shot of contrast fluid could make it to the table in due time?
Aug 16, 2020 9:51 PM # 
Maybe. It would probably be possible to substitute with either Red or Blue Bull, for an approximation of the desired taste, and which may have the advantage of being more readily available, even in Sweden?
Aug 16, 2020 10:13 PM # 
Red Bull is easy to find in just about every store that sells refreshments. I don´t think I´ve ever tried it though so I can´t tell what it tastes like. Since I haven´t had huge amounts of contrast fluid either there´s no way I could compare them.
The only Blue Bull I´ve heard of is Belgian Blue and for obvious reasons (mostly the name) it´s not considered to be Swedish.
Aug 17, 2020 1:30 AM # 
Mikell, glad to hear you are doing better!
Aug 17, 2020 3:03 AM # 
Apparently there's a second brand of contrast medium that doesn't taste so bad.

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