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27 May 2014 @ 06:07 pm
MRI  

I just got back from an MRI of the upper parts of my spine. It was weird.
I was stuffed into an intermittently very noisy tube for more than an hour. Some of the noises reminded me of the worst minimalist modern music, rhythmic, weird atonal noise with random changes of tempo, tone and loudness. Part of it was like a construction site, bang, bang, bang. At times it shook a little with a noise like the machine that shakes paint cans at the hardware store. There was also a distant pounding like some sort of machine was pounding in piles while the paint cans were being shook. Sometimes it was completely silent except for a sort of rushing watery noise which I suspect was my blood.
The ratatatats didn't sound like gunfire to me. The wierdest thing was the words: at one point I swear it was saying "Oi! Oi! Oi!" for about five minutes. All I could think was that I was locked in a large Jewish robot from Brooklyn, which is where I remember hearing that phrase. However it never added a "vey" so I can't be sure. Later it started saying "Dada, dada, dada," and then tried to shut itself up by saying "Fight, fight, fight," over and over, over the dada. It was quite annoying.
Lying still for that long is hard. I think I fell asleep for moments, because I would think I got up (you can't) and feel bad for ruining the test then realize I didn't. Or think I had waved. I also felt a lot of pains in my back and hips which I don't usually notice. One at a time. Oh, look! My left hip hurts. Stop noticing that and notice my shoulder feels  painfully hunched even though I know it's not. Then my mouth is dry. Are my old fillings heating up? And on and on... I worked on just being there and being all right with whatever happened, seeing it as an experience I can use in my writing.
I was very glad when it was over. Felt like I'd been run over by a truck.

 
 
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Rose Greenolmue on May 29th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
Okay, I am going to think about large Jewish robots from NYC if I ever have an MRI. :) I hope you feel better soon!