Saralyn is a fine, if somewhat less-than-flexible girl.
So says the radiologist at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital.
The aforementioned appointment for an ultrasound of her hip is now a thing of the blessed past. All in all, it was a pleasant experience for us, and Scottish Rite is a fabulous hospital, may you never have to go there (pthu pthu). It’s a super cheery place, with lots of video screens and bright colors and friendly people (oh, and sick kids and worried parents, but hardly affect the decor).
We were quickly whisked from the registration desk to the radiology waiting room. There was a sign on the door to radiology that said “Hungry Kid Zone, please do not eat food or drink in this waiting area.” Interesting… It occured to me that I had been asked not to feed Saralyn for 2 hours before the ultrasound, so, I guess that all the kids get similar instructions. I can just imagine some kid, deprived of snacks, going into a full-on meltdown over some schmuck walking through with a Snickers bar. It’s just as well that the hospital keeps things going on schedule. We were right on time for the ultrasound, and the technician was just a gem.
However, there was a little mix-up about those feeding / non-feeding instructions. When I made the appointment, the instructions were not to feed Saralyn for 2 hours before, and then I was to feed her when I got there so she would be nice and content for the scan. I asked about breast feeding and would that be OK there, or should I pump. They said, I need not fill a bottle, I could nurse her there. These directions I followed. Color me unprepared for the tech to tell me to go get the bottle so she could get started. Bottle? No bottle here. That’s when our tech said, “Oh, NO!” Our little Saralyn would have to just suffer through with a hungry tummy. Which she did, and with little to no fuss. Even when the tech came back and needed to do a second go around with the goop and wand, she bore up well.
And, true to her nature, her belly may have been empty, but her pants were full.
In the end, we were in-and-out in about an hour, and it was all just fine. (Whew!)