Monday, January 25, 2010

Pilot Medical madness.....

Well today was the day, Nuclear testing and a touch of eco-cardiograph to finish things off.....
The day started with not being able to eat, drink. To those who know me, thats a tough start to a day. I had been instructed to fast for the day of the tests and then report to hospital for 2pm.
After a few forms to sign, to basically exempt the hospital of any responsibility for what they were about to perform, I was ready to strip down to my shorts and was put into a small room to wait for the nurse.
Always a nice sight at this point is the nurse walking through the door with 2 HUGE syringes.... my heart rate is already racing and I now know why they call this a Stress test. All I keep thinking is that I had passed my PPL a month earlier I would have missed out on all of this pleasure, I also have a few choice words for the Bloody french DGAC medical board for changing their rules.
"So are you normally generous with giving up a vein Mr Morton ?" Nurse Terror asks.....
"I've got to give you a vein as well as $1000 dollars for this pleasure ?" the cheeky patient asks...
Stab in the arm, with a stern look into the eyes. Mental note not too crack many more jokes. At this point I start to feel strange, i can hear my pulse in my ears and feel quite queeze and nearly fall on my back side, a rather strange experience I must say. I realized that i was about to faint. Apparently a mixture of fasting and me being a big girl's blouse....
I then had my chest shaved and gluey electrodes stuck all over me.
So the first test is to lie down after having the first syringe full of Nuclear fluid pumped into me and stay still for 16 minutes whilst going into a big tube to have my heart scanned.
After the 16 minutes its time to get on a treadmill and each minute gradually go faster and faster and at more of an incline until my heart rate reaches a certain speed and whilst speed walking I am injected with another syringe...... from that moment I have to keep on the treadmill for a further 10 minutes whilst the machine keeps churning out paper with my heart rate on it.
After the puffing and panting on the treadmill has finished you have to wait and sit still for 45 minutes whilst the chemicals spread through out my body, and then its back into the big metal tube once again to have the second set of scans of my heart. The strange thing is I then proceeded to fall asleep in the tube, but I am sure that was because the tube nurse guy, realizes I was english and proceeded to tell me about every town he had ever visited in the UK, by the time we was walking me through the white cliffs of Dover i was snoozing....
Anyway after the, napping the paperwork and a Eco cardiograph, which involved a large man rubbing blue gel over my chest, and scanning me with the same machine that pregnant women have their babies checked over, all of my 4 chambers were pumping correctly and in the right order so hopefully in a few days I should have a doctors report and leave this medical episode behind me......

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