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Monday, June 12, 2017

MRI and freebies

I just returned from an MRI, a repeat of the one I had last week. I have to have an open MRI. The doctor did not want me to go to the one here, so I have to make a road trip to get it done.

In the waiting room there was a woman with a baby. She must have been the grandmother. She kept saying sharply to the eight-month-old boy to "settle down!" "Now!" She kept stuffing a bottle in his mouth and trying to cover him up with a fleece blanket. All the time, he fought the bottle and blanket, she was bouncing him up and down.

He wanted to smile at me, but I did not want to encourage him not to sleep. The only thing I said to her was, "How old is he?" She snapped out the answer. Then, she smacked his bottom half a dozen times. Two teens came in and she got up and stomped around. Then, she said, "Let me get out of here before I explode! I will just sit in the truck in the heat!" As she left she was mumbling something about how "she was the rudest person ever." Since I was the only person there, I was puzzled. I barely looked up from my magazine, but since she was in a chair facing me in a very small waiting room, I could not help but see her actions and hear her impatient voice.

Maybe my resting face was a bitch-face. Beats me. I was hurting too much to put on a show of delight for her. Should I have smiled at the magazine? She was acting all angry with the baby as I stood at the window to sign in.

This is not my first MRI, just the windiest. The cold air was not a problem, but I was about to sneeze. That would have disrupted the MRI and made it last longer. It was going to be a big sneeze, so I would probably have hit my head in the machine. I mentioned all this when the MRI was over, and she said she had a fan on me.

They gave me a Coke as I left, saying they were free when I took out money to pay. They have a bowl of snacks, too. So, I left with a Coke, snack, and $10 Walmart card. Sweeeet!

Last Monday, J and I were leaving WM and saw a sign under a tent that said, Free Drinks. You know we stopped by. This was still in the WM parking lot. I drove up to the tent and asked for a free drink for us. The woman said sure but would I do them a favor.  We filled out a form for a credit check to get a credit card for Kay Jewelers. I figured I would not get it and so did J. My credit card for Kay Jewelers arrived today. I probably have a $10 credit limit. Okay, on a hot day, I received a can of Mt. Dew on a very hot day.  I drink few Mt. Dews, but I have never had one in a can. And, I will not be charging jewelry!

Something must be getting Dominique's egg.  I haven't gotten one in a week. She has made a nest in  box on the ground, so I am not sure if she lays in there and a snake gets it before I can. It was only yesterday that it dawned on me to check the box on the ground. That happened a couple of years ago. I just went out four or five times a day and made sure I never left an egg overnight. I saw the huge snake, but I think it left after there were no eggs for it to eat. I am out of her eggs, so I need to get on top of this.

Your turn
If you have gotten an MRI, do you get closed or open MRI? Do you get money and food for doing so? Did you have a fan turned on you, blowing air up your pants? Does anyone have a jewelry store cc?

13 comments:

  1. I am not sure what open/closed MRIs are. I have had them, and loathe them. The noise and the time does my head in. For a non-invasive medical procedure they freak me out. And we pay for them. Rather a lot (several hundred dollars) and get no money or food.

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    1. EC,
      A closed MRI is a tube. An open MRI is like being between two plates. At first, I was okay with the tube. Then, one day my body touched the sides going in. That scared me almost to death. Then, it was open MRI from then on. This is my first time with treats and money. I just wondered if I had been shorted treats before.

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    2. Mine (and I have had lots) have all been closed. With my head strapped down, and tilted so that my feet were slightly higher than my head. My heart races just thinking about them.

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    3. EC,
      I can see why you were so anxious. I asked them to strap my arms across my chest. They asked me if I was sure. I went to sleep. But, this was before I became anxious about them. The doctor still insisted and gave me a prescription for one 10 mg valium.

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  2. I had an mri of the brain and I thought I was going to lose it, they had to put me in a larger machine (to see if I had a TIA or not). Then I've had a couple on my leg and those don't bother me.

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    1. Barbara,
      So, the closed MRI (in the tube) bothered you, too. I suppose this is about the tenth MRI I have had. Sometimes, I don't have to go all the way in. Those are okay.

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  3. I had an MRI on my neck after my car accident. It was a very panicky feeling to me but I got myself calmed down thankfully and got through it

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    1. One,
      The noise always made me feel calmer until my body touched both sides of the machine. I guess I am too fat. I am glad you got calmed down. They will give a sedative if you need it, but not after an accident, probably.

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    2. It was about 6 months after my car accident to check out my neck not getting better. For me it was mostly a claustrophobic feeling that I didn't like. I had the same thing happen the first time I tried a tanning bed too. LOL

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    3. One,
      My hand was injured about five months ago. I have never been in a tanning bed, so I imagine that would be the same sensation for me.

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  4. I have had 4 - all closed. They do not bother me. The trick it - close your eyes before you go into the tube, and count your breaths. When you start to get a little anxious, breath in, hold, breath out, hold and count it all - 4 in, 4 hold, 4 out. I meditate and try not to think of anything.

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    1. Jennifer,
      I was not afraid or anxious at all for about three or four MRIs. Then, the sides of the tube touched me and THAT is what sent me in a tizzy. I stayed in there and did not complain, but could not go in ever again. Breathing would not help me...lol. I'm glad it worked for you.

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