I had to be at the hospital tonight around 8:45 pm, 45 minutes in advance of my MRI tests. I finally decided, given the cold, blowing, and somewhat rainy weather, to take a cab to the hospital, as I just couldn't trust my left arm and shoulder driving, and it's a good thing I did given that I'm in pain and suffering arm spasms since the tests were done.
I arrived by taxi at the Montfort Hospital around 8:35 pm, and had to walk on my still tender feet (remember the blisters? Not fully healed yet) almost the length of the hospital to the Registration area and then to the Imaging labs. After registering and filling in a questionnaire that is mandatory before MRIs, I had a devil of a time changing out of my clothes into a hospital gown because of my left shoulder and arm difficulties. I then was helped by the technician and her aide onto the flatbed of the MRI machine.
I've had an MRI before this, I believe twice, so I thought I was prepared for the process again, but I was wrong. Thank Goddess I'm not too claustrophobic, though, or perhaps it's just that the MRI tube doesn't induce that in me. In any event, I was having a cervical spinal set of MRI tests done, and so my head was completely inside the tube. Even with the sound deadening headphones and the music of CHEZ 106 playing, it was deafening in there, with the pops, wheezing, thumping, rattling, and other sounds of the MRI device during the 20-25 minutes scan. Don't remember it being so noisy the last couple of times. I should hear back on the MRI test results within the next week to two weeks or so.
By the time, I came out of the scanner, my left shoulder was stabbingly painful, my muscles in the lower arms were throbbing and spasming, the left shoulder feeling like every nerve was on fire. It also generates some heat, and I was soaked with sweat (a condition that I was told for this procedure was normal), but I was somewhat dizzy as well. I had to rest in the waiting room for about 15 minutes, and then proceeded back to the main hospital lobby area and ordered a cab home.
Once I got home, I was barely able to take my insulin shot successfully, and had a hot cup of chamomile tea. I collapsed into my den chair, and I've been scribing this LJ entry. As soon as this is done, folks, I'm off to bed. I need to take a couple of Tylenols before I hit the bed, methinks.