Just say, 'No' to barium

Good morning everyone,

It's looking like we won't see any rain for the next couple of days...which is nice, because I want to do some laundry and get my bathroom cleaned before the summer humidity sets in and makes the war against mold a daily battle. If you're the kind of person who likes rainy season, don't fret, the rain will be back on Tuesday and continue through most of the week.

So, as anyone who has been reading my blog knows, I get a health check every year and do the barium swallow and then every year I swear I won't do it the next year...until the next year rolls around and decide that making sure I don't have any cancerous polyps is worth the price of drinking barium.

Well, as it turns out, the person who told me about barium was either mistaken, couldn't do the translation properly or just wanted to convince me to do the barium...whichever it was I'm not sure. But it doesn't check for cancer. It's just a test of your gastro-intestinal system. Of course, it's important, but mine is working just fine...I hope.

Which means, I won't be going through the hell of a barium swallow test this year. Instead, I've signed up for a number of cancer tests. Basically, they'll test my blood for a few different kinds of cancer and it'll cost me the same as getting the barium swallow.

I get tested for cancer and I don't have to do the barium swallow...that sounds like a good deal all-around for me. The only thing that sucks is that the morning is completely booked and I'll have to go a whole day without eating anything...I'll be starving by the time I get out of there...ha ha!

It's not till the end of July, so I'll let you know how it goes.

Have a great day!

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