bad news my right knee has been very painful for some months
good news my GP sent me for X-rays, and to see a consultant
bad news consultant said I needed an MRI scan
good news appointment came through quite fast
bad news I had to get up really early to drive to hospital
good news Hinckley hospitals have free car parks
bad news the metal steps into the lorry were steep, wet and slippy
good news inside the welcome was warm and friendly
good news I had to go in feet first, and only to the waist
bad news the machine was remarkably noisy
good news they give you headphones to wear
bad news I had to lie perfectly still for about 20 minutes
good news I was so tired that was no problem!
The machine was labelled Magnetom and I stared at this sign for a bit, mentally humming “Ground Control To Magne-Tom” .
Then I closed my eyes and used to the time constructively to think about some friends who are much sicker than I am and to pray for them instead of focussing on my own minor discomforts.
They are very thorough in checking you beforehand- no metal anywhere – so you are asked about shrapnel injuries, pacemakers, cardiac shunts, dentistry, cochlear implants, surgical clips, piercings…and instructed to wear no jewellery, and only clothing which does not contain metal [no zips, hooks and eyes, press studs]
I had to leave my glasses in the room outside, so things were slightly out of focus.
I confess it felt very strange going out in public wearing neither my bra or my wedding ring. I should get my results early in the new year.