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Really, really noisy

April 20th, 2011

Not the car ride to LRMC – that went well with listening to an audio book (I am just past the Boston Tea Party in US history) and not the various people with whom I talked to today.

MRIs are really, really noisy.

When I had my audio gram done back in Jan my hearing was quite a bit worse in one ear compared to the other. Still that way when I had it rechecked for the VA so it was off to the MRI scanner per the audiologist.

The scanner runs from 0700-2300. MRIs – since they take anywhere from 30-60+ minutes are not emergency procedures, but there is a lot of demand. Getting an evening appointment is a lot easier actually than getting one during the day. That meant when I called yesterday afternoon, they offered me this evening at 2000.

Hey, I can do that! Run my errands – deal with credentials and other fun challenges and have plenty of time to knit. The weather was lovely today. I mention that because I should not have been surprised when I just stopped by early to check and and the woman behind the desk handed me a clip board and said they could take me now unless I really wanted to wait another four hours?

Do I look stupid?

Not more than five minutes later I am trying to take a nap complete with ear plugs while trying to ignore banging, thumping, crashing followed by hoots and moans at various frequencies. Accompanied by tingling skin and the occasional creepy feeling I decided that I could easily imagine the “cuts” as the machine magnets did their thing.

The tech was pleased – everything was clear – no repeats needed since I didn’t move. I was pleased since I got on the road hours before I had planned. The only down side was that I didn’t get in my three planned hours of hanging out at the USO and knitting. There are worse things.

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  1. Alison
    April 21st, 2011 at 05:34 | #1

    When you have to worry about a brain tumor with hearing loss is if the
    audiologist sends a signal to your ear and you hear it–but then stop
    hearing it while it’s still going. Glad you got your scan, and Sonic
    Innovations makes the best hearing aids if you need one, the most
    pitch-perfect.
    (former audiology student)

  2. Ruth
    April 21st, 2011 at 05:35 | #2

    aughing at your take on the “noise” of MRI. Hubs, who does them for a living, has no trouble sleeping while being the ‘test subject’. Hope you picked up the knitting time at home…

  3. Carmen
    April 21st, 2011 at 05:37 | #3

    With regards to the current Tea Party, I think they don’t actually have a base, and many of those that voted for them are not very happy. Which is not to say that I am overwhelmed with confidence that bunches of stupid people will suddenly sprout brains. However, sands are shifty indeed. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

  4. Kathie
    April 21st, 2011 at 05:39 | #4

    Wish we were there, we had a nice Seder, but the leader wanted to read every word in King James’ English…Thou’s and Thee were abundant. Miss our group Seders….everyone helping. What special time.

  5. George
    April 21st, 2011 at 10:59 | #5

    Carmen,

    I ran across a short note about a renegade moderate republican state senator from Minnesota, who voted with Democrats to overcome a Tim Pawlenty budget veto. At his news conference, he wore a teeshirt with the text, never estimate how dangerous ignorant people can be when they are in large groups.

  6. Berg
    April 22nd, 2011 at 06:16 | #6

    As long as you are OK

  7. Carmen
    April 22nd, 2011 at 06:52 | #7

    My take.

    The people who were elected do not understand representative democracy or ‘how government works’. They are pretty adolescent in their view of governance. Teenagers who want what they want, don’t want to earn it, and in denial that there are problems for which they are now 100% responsible. (You know, problems like public health, education, transportation, poor people, foreign affairs, etc.) They were not elected on their own. Their money and a lot of their ‘creed’ did not come from the people who voted for them. Their money came from people and groups in the shadows.

    Those people, who are manipulating these elected dumb**ses, are a great evil and very dangerous. The people who were elected are very confused, very ignorant of economics, politics, international affairs, etc. They need really serious on-the-job training and mentoring, but the non-Tea Party Republicans are scared of them – or, rather, they are scared sh**less of the people and organizations whose money put them there.

    The Republican approval rating is rolling south. They have touched the 3rd rail without any protection. Soon something will happen that puts people on the streets,

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