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Pet Scan for Type 3C


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Big cock up with my PET scan today.

When I got the phone call yesterday for a PET scan at 4.00 today I was told not to eat or drink after 12.00 and that my blood sugar had to be below 11.0 So at 11.30 I had a cappuccino and checked my blood sugar which was 11.2 so at 12.30 I had a couple of units with the novarapid just to make sure my blood sugar would be OK for the scan.

When I got there they wouldn't do the PET scan because I had had a milky coffee and the Insulin injection without food less than 4.00 hours before the scan! No one had mentioned anything about not injecting prior to the scan although I had said at the time of the appointment I was diabetic.

What makes it worse is that I am in agony with my back, I have just had 4 days in the xx, discharged on Monday to go to xx for an orthopedic consultation then home and then back up to the xx for this scan ~ it would have been so much simpler if they just transferred me to xx and then back to the xx without being discharged!

So my question is that given my next appointment is midday can I still take the Lantus at 7.00am?

It looks like I have to aim to go to bed with a value of 11.5 to make sure my level is OK for the scan at midday.

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PCUK Nurse Rachel R

Hi The_petal,

Sorry to hear that you've had a frustrating time and also about your back pain.

We're happy to advise you if you'd like to drop us an email or call us on support line?

Best wishes

Rachel & Support line nurses

Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse

Support Team

Pancreatic Cancer UK

email: nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

support line: 0808 801 0707

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