Saturday, January 15, 2011

MRIs and tattoos do not mix

I had my MRI on Friday. After I changed into an absolutely enormous set of scrubs, they took me into the room the the MRI machine. I've had a CT scan before, so I thought I knew what to expect, but they explained that MRIs are nosy. They also taped some weird capsule thing to the parts of my leg that I said hurt. Then they told me that I couldn't have an MRI if my tattoo was less than 6 weeks old. I told them on the phone I gphad one, so I don't know why they didn't ask me then how old mine was.

So she looked it up on a calendar and I was okay by about 1.5 weeks. She said that my tattoo still might start burning and, if it did, to squeeze this bulb and they'd stop.

Then they tuned on the machine and, man, was it loud. They weren't kidding about that!

At different times, different parts of my body felt "weird." Plus I felt like my tattoo was stinging a little right away. It didn't really hurt though and the whole experience felt weird so I figured I'd just wait and see what happened. What happened is that about half way through the third pass, it really started to sting. I waited for the pass to be over to see if it would calm down before the next pass would start, but it didn't so I had to squeeze the bulb.

I figured that they'd wait a bit and then start again, but apparently MRIs don't work that way. Once you move, it's all over.

They said I had held really still so there was a chance "he" could read the results even though they normally do 6 passes. Also, "he" asked if my tattoo was red. (Duh). It seems that red tattoos are the most likely to do this. (I assume "he" is the doctor who will read the films.)

If they are readable, I'll get my results by Tues. and I have an appointment to see Dr. filmed on Wednesday. In the meantime, I'm starting to slowly increase my working out. I still haven't made stretching a regular part of my routine, but I'm working on it. I'm also looking to setting up a regular weekly massage time.
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