Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Magnetic "Renaissance" Imaging...

     I have a friend who has some difficulty with word pronunciations at times...I find it cute...she doesn't find it funny!  I've heard her referencing my MRI's before as Magnetic Renaissance Imaging (of course "you's guys" with MS know it's "Resonance" imaging, not Renaissance!).  I suppose one could mistake the MRI experience as a movement or period of vigorous artistic or intellectual activity, i.e., Renaissance Period...I know I get a lot of thinking done when I'M in the tube!

     So, I got shoved back in "the tube" today as part of my RRMS Rituxan Study follow up.  I never get to know the radiology report of my MRIs in the study as it is a double-blinded study I am participating in.  I get poked, prodded, tested, and scanned, all in the name of science.

     I've pretty much grown accustomed to the routine of it all and feel like an old pro when it comes to MRIs.  I find myself even reminding the technicians of various parts of the procedure like hair caps and coils and IVs...I'm not always sure they appreciate my "diligence", but I offer up my comments just the same!

     It's kind of odd to me how things that once seemed extraordinary or even scary (like MRIs, colonoscopies, IVs, doctor's visits, etc.) have become so routine in my life.  A friend of mine gave me a birthday card this week that said I wasn't getting older...just more "interesting" to the medical profession!  And it really IS true...I seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time as a patient these days, getting poked, prodded, tested, and scanned.

     I'm hoping this latest run in with the medical profession will end soon and I CAN have my own Renaissance Period...I'd like to get back to more stimulating thoughts about other things besides diarrhea, lesions, medications, numbness, pain, and disability!  I'd like to experience a "movement of vigorous artistic or intellectual activity"...I'd like that "movement" not to include my bowels...

3 comments:

cromagmom said...

My own symptoms have foremost on my mind as well although they are nothing like yours.  The highlight of my weekend was getting distracted by something really trivial.  It was sort of sad "waking up" from the distraction and realizing that I was back in reality.  The rest of the world wakes up out of the nightmare.  My reality is that  nightmare that I wake up into. Well, enough of that. I'm starting to sound like Saturday Night Live's "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy"

hagartyjj said...

I SO know the feeling!  I wish you the best and hope that you get to feeling better soon so that you can get to living and not spend SO much time in the doctors office.   Take care of yourself and I hope you are staying cool.  :)

sonyasuzanne said...

Hey....that bowel thingy that you wrote about, that you shared with me last week?  Well it's hittin me bigtime...last night, all day today....right now, and probably tomorrow.  I'm going to call you and ask you what you did to stop the 'flow' of stuff that you experienced, since you shared this dreaded thing with me over the long distance phone lines.  Did you know that you gave whatever it was you had, to me over the phone lines?  

I didn't think so.  

LOL   =o)   Loved the card your friend got you.....LOVED IT!