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...