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Wait, does this mean I get super powers?

I posted this on (as filkerdave calls it) the book of faces earlier. I know there is some crossover, but not everyone here is there, so at the risk of repeating myself, here I go again.

I had a bone scan done at the hospital this afternoon. I had the prelim in the morning, when I had to go in and get shot up with radioactive isotopes. Isn't it mind bendy that we spend our whole lives being told RADIATION IS BAD and then we go and willingly let them put it in our veins for medical purposes?

Anyway, when I was leaving, the tech handed me a card. "In case you have to drive down to the US in the next few days," he said, almost apologetically as he gave it to me. I laughed.

"What, I'm going to set off those yellow radiation scanners if I try cross the border?" I asked, as I took it from him.

"You'll light 'em up like a Christmas tree," he said.

"Soooo... maybe I should not go down to Bellingham this weekend, then," I replied. He nodded seriously.

"Personally, if it was me, I wouldn't. I don't need that much excitement in my life."

When I came back a couple hours later for the actual scan, I got talking to another lab tech. He advised me that, yes, he had heard stories (plural) of people getting pulled into one of those little windowless rooms at the border crossing and questioned for hours just because they'd had a bone scan done.


Good thing I don't have rehearsal *this* weekend. That could have been very awkward.

In other news, I am now officially radioactive. But I do not pose a public health risk - it says so right here on my little card.


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Aug. 29th, 2015 10:29 am (UTC)
Depends on how soon you cross the border and how high the alert......I used to work there, and I'm back working in Nuclear Medicine......and I've heard the stories too. We give the cards out too, and also travel letters to those that are international.......

fun times, fun times.

I tell the patients to show the card first so they can take them to the side and not get embarrassed by sitting off anything and then be taken aside.

Aug. 29th, 2015 03:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's like the hubby.... he has a defibrillator and can't go through the older models of scanners.

We learned that he waves the card around right from the beginning and let the folk there decide what devices he can or cannot go through or if he needs a hand-search.

In the security line, ask anyone that will talk to you, "I have this medical thing, I've not traveled with it, what do I need to do?" and folk will be helpful...

But the law of unintended consequences strikes again!

Aug. 29th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
OMG, that would be so awful. Good thing you're not going.
Aug. 29th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your bones!
Aug. 29th, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
I always knew you were hot stuff, baby.
Aug. 30th, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
Oof! That doesn't surprise me all that much, but man. Our border guards can be a little overzealous at times.
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