Thursday, June 18, 2009

"These are the Voyages...": MRI Fun


I had my very first MRI today, on the hapless knee that is giving me so much grief. It was so Star Trek! Here's exactly what the machine looked like though this is not a picture I took myself.

If you have had MRI's you know what I mean but the sounds that machine made!! It was almost comical. If Buck Rogers needed a machine to sound 'outer space like' this one would fill the bill.

I parked far away from the facility because I located a free spot, and then hobbled all the way to the door whereupon I spied about 56 empty parking spots labeled "MRI PATIENTS". Well I needed the fresh air oh dee doh doh.

As soon as I was parked in the space capsule and the young lady told me not to move, I had a huge desire to twitch my toes, sneeze, yawn, shift around, stretch, wave my feet in the air, and otherwise perversely agitate my limbs. I had to meditate on a little spot I saw above my face, which when my eyes focused properly was a tiny sign reading:

LASER BEAM: DO NOT STARE INTO THIS LENS

It took 25 minutes for this high-tech process to run its beeping blanging buzzing course. The patient after me was a disoriented man in a wheelchair who thought the nurses had stolen his clothes; they were all quietly upset and at great pains to explain to him that no, his clothes were safe; 'Well then where are they?', he demanded. "They're in the locker". "Show me my pants!!" he demanded. I felt bad for all of them but I beat a hasty retreat.

My MRI novice run was preceded by a delightful lunch with a work colleague, at which so much skinny was dished that I can hardly remember it all...but it revolved around my college, the dean whereunto pertaining has resigned after creating some chaos, and which dean's secretary has posted this sign on the dean's door:



The flashed out part says "transition", and as a whole the sign pretty much says it all.

11 comments:

Kate said...

Trouble with knees is hard - good luck with figuring out what is wrong and getting it fixed!

Breathe said...

Sending you healing thoughts - and thanks for stopping by the blog today!

(And i love the bento....)

Once Upon an Equine said...

Lily, you have a way of making that experience sound almost fun. At least you found the humor in it. I've never had an MRI. Good luck with your knee.

3pennyjane said...

"Show me my pants!" is the new rallying cry. "You have to turn in the budget by tomorrow." "Not until you SHOW ME MY PANTS." Am stealing, will credit.

It's been years since I had an MRI, and now I hear some places will even let you bring your own music. The techs did report that infants loooove the MRI. Apparently if you swaddle up a small meeper so that it won't squirm about, then put it into a machine that makes a regular banging noise all around, some deep structure in the brain chirps, "Ahh, back in the womb! Naptimes now."

Best of luck with the knee.

~avie~ said...

looks scary! hope you are okay! *hugs*

Stephanie said...

Thinking of you!! Hope they figure it out fast and you heal quickly!!

Molly said...

Darn. I had you all healed by now. When do we get the results then?

I know you crossed your eyes to read that little sign.

I hope the pain is under control.

My sisters are always dealing with Deans and Dept. Chairs. I can only imagine.

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