By 1942Ford - United States - San Francisco
Today, I'm getting a medical scan, so I had to drink a barium shake for breakfast. It was so disgusting that I puked it back up. Now I have to drink another one. FML
1942Ford tells us more :
OP here - can't believe this got published! I kept the second nasty shake down and survived the scan, only to have cramps and diarrhea the whole rest of the day. I really know how to party on a Saturday, don't I? They did the scan because I've been having abdominal pain. Should have the results next week, hope it turns out to be nothing!
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By  fakedsincerity  |  32

man, those things taste terrible.
having to drink the second one + the puke taste in your mouth....

the last gross drink i had for a medical test I could mix with sparkling flavoured water so it was palatable. thankfully.

hope your test results come back good!

  Guy1009  |  15

As someone who has had to drink about 4 of these, each one you tried to drink them, you at least dry heave. They are absolutely terrible. Incredibly chalking.

By  Guy1009  |  15

I had to do that several times so the doctors could figure out I had Crohn's. They never get easier to drink. I know they try to make it not taste good so people don't abuse it, but when it tastes so bad that the people who need it can't stomach it, you're doing something wrong.

  Bekll  |  30

I've had a few procedures for my Crohn's and the only way I could drink the prep was through a straw and mixed with some kind of juice like apple or white grape. It helped to make it really, really cold too and fill empty water bottles to see my progress.

By  TabooSushi  |  24

I had to have CT scans every month for a year after an injury when I was 15, and I could never drink that crap the normal way. I puked twice before my mom had to force them to make into a kool-aid type drink that they gave me when I was in the ER the very first time so that I wouldn't puke it back up. They argued that they only do that for ER patients, but my mom told them that unless they wanted me there all day just puking up the regular stuff over and over, they better make an exception. In a magnificent display of timing, I barfed again. They made an exception pretty quick.

Looking back now that I'm older, I'm 99% sure that barium liquid is the reason I can't swallow after giving oral without gagging. That stuff is basically the same as drinking a man's "stuff."