The MRI was today. I'm glad to be posting. I felt great about it [the MRI], though I knew there was a greater than normal risk, due to the pacemaker. But they sent some guy in to have me sign a paper that said I understand the risks who seemed far less at ease about the whole thing than I was really comfortable with. So, the first part of the MRI, I kept thinking something was feeling weird, but was recognizing it as anxiety, but I wasn't completely sure, and and and and and and.....so I said something about it and the tech replied with the fact that if nothing had happened yet, it wasn't likely to do so. When they asked about claustrophobia before the procedure, I told them that as long as I can breathe, I should be ok. But the aural space was too small and I wasn't prepared for that. Those repeating noises were almost too much. A CNA was telling me that her son really was into music. I wanted to tell her about Edgar Varése and his Poeme Electronique from 1958 and how the MRI was similar to it. (Listening in headphones gives a pretty accurate depiction of the 40+ minutes I was in there. Also, listen with a cheap football helmet on). Not much fun, but hopefully it gives the neuro a welcome bit of detail to work with. No results or anything from the MRI just yet. I have a copy being sent to me, but I don't know how to read them, so we'll see if I can make any sense of it. [The Varése piece falls in the category of 'tumor humor', in case you're wondering "oh the audacity of someone to put something that sounds like that on their blog!"
3/1/2012 05:56:07 am
Hi Kevin! If your MRI copy is sent on a CD, just pop it into your computer and see what you can see. Then, take it to your NS (short for Neuro Surgeon) when you get to see her, and ask her to describe it to you. Then, keep the diskette and the MRI tech's report for reference later. Keep each MRI diskette and written report and make sure the NS goes over it with you in the future. It is really interesting to see what's inside your head besides cotton!
3/1/2012 08:59:36 am
40 minutes!! You're brave. MRI's should include incredible music. Our selection. I was in one for 20. Listening to an MRI tech for that length of time is not on my top 10 list.
3/1/2012 11:02:49 am
I'm so happy for you that the MRI is over and it went so well. I've got to admit that you had me kind of scared about it. I always think that anyone who can lay in a tube for more than a nanosecond is so brave! You can do anything!
3/1/2012 03:46:01 pm
You and your family are in my thoughts so much that it might actually be getting creepy. I am fully craptastic with correspondence- but it's not because I don't care (but because I'm the flakiest person on the planet). But my family is sending you the most massive Care Bear Stars EVER right now, and for keeps. We love you! Stay strong, my brotha!!!! xoxoxoxooxox
3/2/2012 09:02:45 am
Glad that is over! I would freak out in there.
bev and richard
3/4/2012 11:30:24 am
You are both in our thoughts and prayers! Glad the MRI went well and hope everything else does too!
3/5/2012 03:33:25 am
So... did they find the cream filling?
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It's me, Kevin, but with a brain tumor. Disclaimer: I have a very dry and twisted sense of humor. This is a scary situation. The jokes ("tumor humor") could be a little dark from time to time. I intend to keep this rather interesting for you, but if I get a "how could you SAY that?!?" response from you, know it's just, well, I hesitate to use "gallows" humor, but I don't have better phrase for it. Enjoy, and thanks for your support through this time.