Thursday, March 10, 2011
Close to Nowhere
Whole lot of shakin’ going on!
Many, many of us have sat in the doctor’s office and gotten scary, bad news. Sometimes it turns out OK, sometimes, it doesn’t.
So far, my “bad news” episode is tending toward the “OK” side. It’s sure been an experience though!
Last Thursday started normally enough. Had an appointment at the Holly Springs Eye Clinic to get my eyes checked and probably new glasses.
Except, Dr. Randle kept going “Hmmm, let’s do one more test.”
At the end of the tests, he was showing me all the computer results. I love computer gadgets, so, on the one hand, it was kinda fun.
On the other hand, it was my optic nerve that’s swollen and looking gross (to me anyway) on all the computer screens.
Dr. Randle didn’t like the way it looked at all and wanted me to go last Friday and have an MRI. Well, last Friday was Grace’s first ride in her first horse show ever. And, it was in Gulfport. I wasn’t missing that just for a swollen optic nerve!
Dr. Randle and I ended up compromising. Instead of me waiting until the next Friday, I went that afternoon for the MRI.
I’ve not had more than an X-ray or lung scan before, so I was somewhat apprehensive. I am really claustrophobic!
Carvel Imaging in Olive Branch is in the same building where both my granddaughters had their broken collarbones looked at, so we knew where it was located.
I might have had to fortify myself with a couple Krystal hamburgers first.
Dana managed to get off work at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and screech into the Krystal parking lot in time to grab a couple burgers also.
We eventually got to the lab and I was pleasantly surprised by the efficiency and kindness of everyone.
I was hustled right back to the MRI lab and the lab tech “briefed” me on the procedure.
OK, by now, I was really nervous!
I was strapped down, IV’ed and had my head put in some sort of cage-looking thing and then slowly rolled into the big machine.
I was so grateful that headphones are a standard part of the test. I’m not a country music fan, but KIX-106 was much better than all the hummings and spinning of the huge machine.
The tech had warned me that the test would take about 30 minutes. I figured that would be about 10 country songs -- at three minutes a song.
Actually, it was 11 songs and two commercials.
When I was finally rolled out of the enormous machine, my entire body was still vibrating.
I vibrated the rest of the day!
To be continued...
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