MRI Runway Fashion Gown


The most fashionable gown in my MRI history.

This afternoon, on a Sunday, right in the middle of football (I swear I did not even think of this when I made the appointment) I had a terrific tri-MRI.  That’s TRI for Head, Neck and Spine.  The trifecta.  The grandaddy of them all.  A full three hour photo session.  I am so lucky to have been able to have Rx on board.  One before I left the house and the other in the changing room at the hospital.  For the first time ever, I had a choice of which fashion gown I wanted to wear.  Having only had one to choose from in the past, I chose to veer away from the standard Army issue battleship grayish-bluish to a pretty little white-n-purple print.  Oh, I am so blessed to have such a great Army hospital so close to my home.  Or is it, that I just didn’t have a say the matter, and it happens that it really works to benefit our family greatly?  Whatever it may be, I’m blessed.  After my first two MRI’s way back, I quickly realized that there is no good reason for my husband to be sitting in the waiting room for me.  We live less than a 5 minute drive from the hospital, so we do a drop off and text to pick up routine that works quite well.  If I did not have meds on board, I could and would do the drive myself, but boy, you should have seen my eyes in the changing room.  They were completely bloodshot and my pupils were the tiniest they have ever been.  I even stood at the mirror real close and opened and closed my eyes and covered them with my hands and then popped them open real quick to see how big my pupils got in the dark.  Not very.  Oh, come on, you’ve done this too before I am sure!  So, the techs are so amazing.  The first one, Scott, had me up in the chair to insert an IV and squirt a syringe or 2 full of saline into my arm.  Yep, it was in properly.  I must admit, I was quite impressed with his work.  Too many times have amateurs stuck me inappropriately complete with pain, and hot swollen arms.  I can practically do the darn thing myself at this point.  Ask any other MSer and they will probably tell you the same thing.  Between labs, solumedrol, and other drugs, we get stuck quite often.  Oh, and I certainly can’t forget that wonderful GAD contrast in the middle of an MRI.  Okay, so, I was VERRRRRRYYYY relaxed for this photo shoot.  For the first time, I didn’t have the usual quiet panic attack when my head was locked in the Hannibal Lector mask.  Then began the excessive banging of what I guess is a hundred magnets swirling around my head–but again, meds were so perfect, it did not even keep me awake that first hour.  Is it possible that the changing charge of the protons and neutrons in my head made my back pain actually disippate during this phase?  Then the very narrow bed of the giant white donut machine was slid out, and Jason, the tech who had an hour before rolled out an invisible red carpet for me to strut down to show off my haute couture hospital gown, unlocks and removes the Hannibal Lecter mask from my head.  I’m told not to move, so I jokingly keep my teeth clenched and tell him I’m ready for my close up, and to please turn up the volume on the magnet banging, cause they just ain’t annoying me enough!  Now he shoves some cushy foamy rolls around my head and neck.  Again, don’t move.  This time I’m in for just 30 minutes of loud banging which sounded a lot like: Meh, Meh, Meh, Meh, Meh, Meh, Meh, Meh, Meh, Meh, dd, dd, dd, dd, dd, dd, dd, dd, dd, dd, dd, dd, ong, ong, ong, ong, ong, ong, ong, ong, ong… you get the picture, right?  I’m thinking for sure, he sees some spots, because he radios in to me and tells me they have to review the pictures before they go any further.  Great.  And a few more shots, and I’m slid out again.  Now for the GAD contrast.  No bigge at all.  For the first time ever, the dye does not even feel all hot and swirly through my veins.  I ask Jason if used the usual dye.  Yes, Ma’am, nothing but the best for my patients.  Here goes.  The next hour and a half.  Just before sliding in, I ask for the panic button to be put into one of my hands I have intertwined with the other one.  Just in case.  I’m not planning on panicking, but just in case I can’t sit still for another–wait–Jason, I have to pee, is it a huge inconvenience to get up now before the next set?  Actually, it’s a perfect time.  Wheweee, I had trouble sitting up.  My eyes are very red when I glance up during my hand wash. Oh, shit, was I supposed to take out my contacts?  Oh, well, no point asking at this point.  And so the photos continue.  This time just a little over an hour, and I’m more bored than anything.  So, my mind wanders and I seriously start thinking about my spine.  The numbness in my left leg sometimes and the electrical sparks across the bottom of my left foot.  That right knee that has a mind of its own and often makes me look like drunk giraffe in the middle of a crowd.  The pictures of my spine will explain all of that.  I’m not sure I even want the results.  I totally understand why some people choose not to have MRI’s at a certain point in their MS journey.  They’re right, what is the point?  My mind is still wandering.  Maybe I’ll have the doc just give Chris the results and I’ll sit in the waiting room.  Why should I know?  It could be a major emotional setback for me that I really don’t need.  It took me a long time for emotional recovery last Spring when I found out I had spine spots, neck spots and more brain spots.  I’ll think about this all week before my appoinment.  I took another photo.  This one is of the order for today’s shoot.  On the catwalk.  I strutted my stuff on the catwalk to the MRI center, oh yeah, you know what I mean…Image