Yesterday I went to the hospital for a (scheduled) CT scan. Without getting mired in details, I’ve been having some unexplained abdominal pain as well as a few other intestinal symptoms, and my doctor decided to do a CT scan to look for both a colon issue or an ovarian cyst at the same time. Dependent on the results of that (I go in for a followup to talk about it next week) I might get the pleasure of either a colonoscopy or an ultrasound as well. Yippee.
But that’s not the mortality part I faced yesterday. When I went in for the CT scan, I had to sign a waiver that I understood that the contrast media they use in the scan actually is fatal to a small percentage of people (about 0.0007%), and a larger percentage (about 5%) have an adverse reaction to it. And then I got to sit for 90 minutes thinking about that before I had my scan done. Honestly, I hadn’t even considered the idea that the scan itself might be dangerous to me, and I got a slight bit panicky.
And so I did what any not quite rational person might do, I took out a piece of paper and wrote a will.
This is not the best of ideas. A good idea is to already have a will in the first place. Use a kit, hire an attorney, do something, and have a will in place. Don’t wait until mortality stares you in the face to actually do something about it. I’ve started researching options for creating a will, and my goal is by the end of the month, my spouse and I have something formal in place. And then by the end of the year, we see an attorney and spend the money to create something even better. But we need to start now. We’ve put this off too long.
It turns out, I was in fact one of the lucky 5% that have an adverse reaction to contrast media. Although my reaction was mild, the radiology department still got quite excited over it, and if I ever have another scan, I need to be medicated beforehand because once you have a reaction, it’s worse the next time. That makes me super excited to have another one, let me tell you. Hopefully it won’t be necessary… ever.
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