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Yesterday I had an ultrasound done on my abdomen to ascertain whether my spleen is enlarged, with reference to this possible polythycemia that I may have.

Normally, you have to fast before having an ultrasound done; no food or drink at least six hours before the procedure. The hospital sent me a letter and some information, and I thought, wrongly, that the fasting info would be on the letter. It was on the information sheet instead.

So, I had breakfast and lunch as normal and blissfully disregarded this instruction. Fortunately, the sonographer (person who performs the ultrasound), didn’t make any comment about not getting a clear picture.

Loads of gel was applied to the stomach and the back and the implement was pressed in to the back and stomach quite firmly. Lots of breathing in and out and after about 15 minutes, it was done.

Two observations from the sonographer. One, the spleen seems to be ok, but two, my liver is fatty. Well, that’s not a surprise, as my diet and lifestyle has been pretty rubbish the last 8 or 10 years. He advised me to consult my doctor for dietary requirements and a change of lifestyle. Weight certainly has to come off, and a fatty liver can cause various complications like heart attacks, strokes etc. So I have to be careful.

We’ll see what the haematology department has to say about the spleen, and a visit to the doctor may be in order. Since I had that venesection done a few weeks back, I actually feel physically better, but other problems are cropping up.

Time to lose weight?

A.S.D Brooks

Author: allenbrooks44

44 year old adult living with Autism...