Why can't Japnese nurses FIND my veins?
Are we foreigners in proud posession of narrow veins or something?
I look like Rocky . After he lost. Or the domestic violence victim. Last week's blood bruises to the right arm and today's two attempts on my left arm.
Running out of arm space.
So. Did the MRI.
As I imagined - the injections of the Contrast Medium needle was far the worst part of the afternoon. I hate injections. I look away at the plastic curtain in the corner and make a lot of la-di-da-da-da noises.
Then the MRI. I was led into the room with nothing but the big machine.
Stretched out, wrapped with a heavy blanket thing around my lower half and slid in to bake for 30 minutes. I closed my eyes from the moment they slid me inside the machine. Didn't think this was the time to discover a fear of enclosed spaces.
My arms were awkwardly raised across my chest, but too high to be comfortable. One hand was holding the Panic Button.
I lay there. Listened to the technobeat of the machine, interspersed by machine-gun fire. I tried to visualise nice things: my kittens' faces, flowers in the garden, Yujiro in the sexy apron at the beer garden the other night....
At half time the nurse came in to shoot me with MORE of the Contrast Medium...which makes me think they couldn't see clearly the Monster Melon in my body and wanted to get a better picture to show at medical conferences next year when they write up their research papers on this.
And then, thankfully it was over.
I emerged sweaty and relieved.
Had a cry in the corridor and the elevator. A week ago I didn't know about all of this. Now it is all looming larger and larger (literally probably too).
Yujiro and I will go back on Friday afternoon to see the doctor and find out the details of the Melon Monster.
I left the hospital feeling wrung through. Took myself downtown to the new Hokkaido Sweets Cafe in Odori and ate a huge chocolate cake and creamy coffee. Saw Yujiro briefly when he finished work.
And then went to a recording studio and did a 30 minute video narration about Historic Otaru and its old buildings......putting on the Nice English Woman Voice.
Home to dinner.
Now gonna relaaaaxxxx.