Yesterday I had my MRI’s and MRA’s. I’m pretty sure I SHOULD now have super powers after being cooked so long hence my new super hero name. I didn’t sleep very well the night before. I kept having flashbacks to the previous one and it wasn’t a fun few hours.
Fate was smiling on me though as they called to ask if I could go in early as the person ahead of me cancelled due to the weather. That was great for me as I didn’t have so long to wait and work myself up.
I’d like to spare a thought for the staff at the clinic though. They didn’t cancel. They made it in through adverse weather and I’m very grateful for their dedication. Whilst I am in no way advocating putting yourself at risk to get to work, I’m particularly thankful for our core medical, police, firefighters and EMT’s who never let us down regardless of weather.
That being said – we were short an anesthesiologist. Thankfully this was a different clinic (because I booked it if you remember! Not Unhelpful Hellga Horrible From the eyeball institute!!)
This place has an ‘open bore’ mri. It’s different from the other one I had. It’s still a tube but it’s a bit bigger and it’s very brightly lit inside. It’s also open at either end so you can be got out in two directions. The other big advantage is that it scans a lot quicker so it would take half the time here it would have done at the hospital in Rochester.
Ultimately this wasn’t that great a help as I had to have a radiation cage over my face. It’s not something you can even get out of as they clip it down. They had given me sedation. I think a Snickers would have worked better.
I was sat back out in the waiting room with ‘im indoors waiting for the sedation to kick in. Beth Stern was on the buggery box talking to Rachel Ray about cats and kittens. I’m a HUUUUGE dan of Beth Stern. She’s a tireless advocate for cats and fosters hundreds yearly and gets them adopted. She’s the reason I started Instagram, to follow her. If you instagram have a look at @Bethostern. Anyway seeing her with cats was a bright spot and I thought about that a lot during the 90 minutes I was being brain excavated.
They also gave me headphones and put Pandora on. I could have any channel I wanted so I asked for Queen. I don’t know if all Pandora stations work the same way but it wasn’t JUST Queen. It was some Queen and a lot of other artists singing a cacophony of songs that should NEVER be played for someone who’s already worked up and stuck in an MRI tube! There was Queen -Save Me up first. Then there was Here I Am Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel which I love but this wasn’t the time for it! Staying Alive by The Bee Gees and bloody Stairway to Heaven!!!! There were others I don’t remember. I have to admit, it did amuse me! I’m just grateful there wasn’t the House of the Rising Sun while I couldn’t escape lol
So there I was. Lying inside R2D2 while listening to decidedly twisted music. Freezing my arse off in spite of two blankets. Trying not to scream while tears were just running down my face and not even able to twitch my toes for relief because they’d purposely told me not to. I’m not going to lie. I was at the edge of reason.
When they pulled me out halfway through my poor husband was devastated to see how much I was crying. Ever the opportunist, I told him this had to be worth a ginger kitten. I think if I’d said I wanted an Aston Martin he’d have started googling car loans! I upped it to two kittens because you have to pick your moments while the wallet shields are lowered don’t you ladies?! It was a lot of bravado on my part. I joke hardest when I’m at my lowest. Once the contrast was injected and I had to go back in the tears started even harder. I wanted that cage off my head so much but I knew if they took it off it would be game over. There’s no way they’d get it back on me again. I got through round two and it was harder. They’d moved my arm to injectacute me with spider monkey venom or whatever other weird shittery they stuck in. Gladiolium or something! All I can think of now is Dame Edna Everidge.
My arm wasn’t comfortable for round too so I spent the entire time trying to hang on to it awkwardly which was hurting my shoulder. I had rotten back ache in my lungular region, possibly because I was cold and I was just miserable. Thankfully there weren’t as many scans needed with contrast so the second ‘half was slightly shorter.
I heard the voice through the intercom. Saying it was all done. Waiting to be pulled out took FOREVER. It was realistically just over 5 minutes according to ‘im indoors but it felt interminable. My coping was beyond done. I was hiccuping as well as crying now and when they took the damn cage the tears just flooded. I had to be helped to sit up. My back was horribly sore trying to breathe and move but thankfully that wore off really quickly. I hated the whole thing BUT it was indescribably better than my previous MRI and the staff were far nicer too. That makes a huge difference. I couldn’t drive or sign legal documents for 24 hours because of the sedation. Honestly, apart from a raging headache I couldn’t tell I’d had anything.
I have two cd’s of all the scans so I can now PROVE there’s something between my ears. There will be much obnoxiousness ahead based on this! Some of the scans are labeled ‘circle of willis’. I don’t really know what this is but it sounds like the origin of all profanity. Pretty sure THATS enlarged!!
Now we just have to do the wait to get the results to the eyeball neuro and the headache neuro – that’s the easy bit!