Perhaps it is only my mind that works this way, then again – perhaps not, but having “seen the light” a couple/few times and given the middle finger to Mr. Reaper, I may have a bit of a twisted sense of humor. Tuesday, while I was waiting for my second Cardiac MRI, I joked with the medical students and Radiology Techs who were getting me prepped for “tube time”. The student who retrieved me asked if I’d done this before to which I responded, “I have… Let’s DO THIS THING!” We chatted, I told him that no one warned me the first time that I’d feel like I pissed my pants while in the tube. He told me that that was for CT scans, not MRIs, and I told him that it happened with the MRIs, too. He was surprised, and quickly recovered with “Well, everyone gets a slightly different reaction.”
Nice cover and… fair enough. He was a friendly guy and learning. I didn’t want to lay into him too hard. Because I was going into the 3 Tesla and not the 1.5 Tesla, they made me take out my titanium studs in my ears. I needed help… which happens when you’re wearing awesome fake nails for a social event. They pried and tugged and asked if they were hurting me, but they were not and eventually the earrings came out and were put into a specimen jar.
That’s right – SPECIMEN JAR. Hey! You use what you have available. McGyver it!
Because they were “racking” me, putting on the leads and placing a big rack “thingy” (that’s the official term… at least to me), I had to strip from the waist up and put on a hospital gown. Which I rocked. I joked. I laughed. I commented that I wished they had monitors in the tube so I could see what they were seeing because I’d find it FASCINATING (no really). They said nobody had every commented on that before, but yeah, it might be a great idea.
So, that brings me to things that went through my head as I spent some time in the tube. Think of this as a clip show…
and thanks to my Mom…
And… it all ended uneventfully. The 2nd shift Radiology Technicians came in and one was a man who was shaking as he had to remove my IV, apologizing for removing skin in the process. I told him not to worry, but MAN was he shaking. He said he’d leave the room for the other tech to remove the lead pads, because my breasts would be exposed, and I teased, ‘You can go if it makes you uncomfortable!!” Seriously… are people REALLY that modest when it comes to this shit, patient or technician? The female tech laughed. I laughed.
Okay, maybe that was a little mean.