Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Shooting the tube
Today was my latest brain MRI and I got to wear an interesting cage type helmet such as the one above. If you've never had a closed MRI of the brain, then this is what you look like before they slide you in the machine. There's some MRI places where you can watch TV with special goggles or listen to music but at my MRI place you just get tie-dye type ear plugs and massive banging, booming, whizzing, thwacking, and other such mishmash of loud noises.
The thing is I find it all incredibly peaceful. Most people don't. Some people freak out because it's kind of a small space and shooting the tube (vernacular for getting an MRI) makes them feel claustrophobic. I used to worry about that during the first two MRIs but I've had probably about six or seven now and I like to think of them as restorative meditation, of sorts.
They slip me in, I close my eyes, and away I go into an almost trance-like, slow-breathing state. I rather enjoy it and hardly move. I am a model (a fat one) patient because moving is a no no in the MRI process as it can distort the scans. We don't want any distorted scans now, do we?
I have not started the Christmas tree building process yet but I think I am going to bring the box in the living room tomorrow. Today I went to Wal-Mart and the pharmacy and I slept in until about nine so I didn't get as much done as I had planned. I also walked for the third day in a row slowly because my back has been bothering me and I'm not sure if it's Tysabri-related or not. Guess I should write it down in my book of symptoms and such and start tracking it.
Thank you to all our veterans and our current military people serving here and abroad. Happy Veterans Day and bless you for your service.
That's all I've got.