Everything seemed to be just a little bit off today. Preparing for tomorrow's MRI [3PM check-in. 4PM MRI]
An early morning phone call woke me from my NyQuil-induced slumber. Later, one of my client's canceled at the last minute. Another client neglected to tell me they'd be in New York for the week. It was a waste of my time, going to that side of town.
I went to the bank. Closed. I didn't even know it was a holiday. Not to mention the ATM was "temporarily unavailable."
I was about to go get my legs waxed. But at the rate things were going, I thought I'd call to make sure Minu was available. She's always available. Except today. I'll see her tomorrow morning. It has to be done! If I don't die from the anxiety over the MRI, I just might die of embarrassment if anyone sees my legs.
When I scheduled the MRI, they told me I would have to remove all metal - zippers, buttons, coins, jewelry. Seems easy enough. But I haven't removed my nosering since I had it replaced four years ago.
I spent the last three days using pliers, tweezers, a wrench, grips, fingernails - everything I could think of - trying to remove my nosering. No luck. I began to think I'd have to cut it off and buy a new one. But I love this one. It's mine. It's been a part of me for so long now. This became more of a stress than the anticipation of the actual MRI.
So today I went to my reputable, neighborhood tattoo and piercing place. I explained to the beautiful boy behind the counter that I needed to remove my nosering and asked if he would show me how to do it.
He slapped on his rubber gloves, twisted the nosering in a coil and swooped it out of my nose. Just like that. No grips. No pliers. No cutting. And I don't have to buy a new ring. He even told me to come back if I have trouble putting it back in - he'll do it for me. Pray the hole doesn't close.
Something I didn't expect - I left there feeling naked. I wanted to hide my face. My nosering has become such a part of me that I had forgotten what it feels like not to have it.
At this time tomorrow, it'll all be over!