Monday, February 16, 2004

MRI prep

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!

29 comments:

mallory4284 said...

Good Luck tomorrow! I'm sure it'll all go just fine! and I'm glad you got your nosering out sans ruining it. Hopefully the piercing won't close up!

-- Mallory

slowmotionlife said...

Awww... I can definitely see how it could make you feel that way. It's like me going out without makeup. I might as well be topless. Very vulnerable. But I'm glad they were able to get it out easily. You'll be in my thoughts tomorrow. I wish I could be there.. but I know everything is going to be fine. Luv you.

queenz43 said...

You'll be just fine tomorrow. I'll be thinking about you.
Get some rest.~
RC

krobbie67 said...

Leg waxing? Funny, I can't imagine you doing something like that. That coming from the girl who gets her eyebrows and um "peach fuzz" on her upper lip done. It was the peach fuzz that drove me to it. The older I got the more I pictured my grandmother and had to succumb. Good Luck tomorrow!!!! Please let us know how it goes. I'll be a worrying mess until then. :-) ---Robbie

aims814 said...

Awe, My sweet, dear friend. I wish I could be there with ya tomorrow. I will be on my knees at 3 and then again at 4 (your time) tomorrow. Praying for your nerves, your test results and of course, your nosering hole :) Love you to pieces. Let us know, you know we are all concerned and love you.

itsjustusinnc said...

Your face is beautiful without a nose ring or anything else. Don't sweat the MRI. It's a cake-walk. Just don't let anyone of those medical freaks sneak up behind you or it's pokey time!

Gregg

wessolo said...

...SloMo...said...topless...can't...breath.

I guess I missed something. I can't seem to remember anything about needing an MRI....okay, found it. Benign parotid. Well, there is nothing to be said except I hope you can feel the strength pouring toward you from your J-land buddies. While you're being still in the MRI, be dancing in your mind.

Resonate.

raisinglouisiana said...

Good luck tomorrow on the MRI. I'll be thinking of you.
Rest, think positive, breathe...
Love you, Penny

babyshark28 said...

ahhh freee. yes, soon it will be all over with ! that's what I say to myself to get me through hard times "At this time tomorrow, it'll all be over" reminding myself that the moment i fear will not linger long, time is fast and time is strong. ha ha...I just made a poem. Sorry, reveling in myself. I will be thinking of you, I will light a few candles as well, if that helps! :) xo

nikki247 said...

I have had 2 MRI's - Bad Knees resulting from Women's basketball lol -- anyway -- they are really boring and you have to stay still -- but other than that -- they are pretty cool.

alphawoman1 said...

I'll be thinking about you today. Stay strong.
Mary

donah42 said...

Freee, your "leg hair anxiety" reminds me of once when I was sitting in a doctors office....A lady in a dress was there to have a cast removed....when she came out, her leg was red, scaly and covered in hair Chewbacca would've envied...I just pray to God she had a razor in her purse! As for myself, even when I was massively pregnant & had to be a contortionist to shave my legs, I always did it before going to the doctor...oh the price we pay for womanhood!

irun01 said...

Your beautiful with or without the nosering. I've gone through the MRI and I believe you will do just fine. You'll be in my thoughts today.

s0ngbird1962 said...

Freee, you will breeze thru the MRI, no doubt, I'll be thinking of you.... Hope your nosering goes back in easier, but hey, at least you found someone that can help, angels come in all forms, don't they?

derossetfamily said...

Ah sweetie, I can feel your anxiety all over this entry. I'll be thinking of you today. I know how you feel with the nosering, Ive had my eyebrow ring for 7 years, and I dont even notice it when I look in the mirror anymore, but I'd feel wrong if it had to be taken out. Nyquil induced slumber usually equals shitty next day, and the clients/leg hair sure didnt help. ((hugs)) your right, it'll all be over soon. Good luck!
~Mary

sunflowerkat321 said...

Freee - I'll be thinking about you today. I know it's scary...but it will be fine! I got your CD today. I'm listening to it right now. It is AWESOME ~ ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!

hempenhomespun said...

Good luck!

andreakingme said...

You must be psyching yourself up for the appointment just about now. So I'm sending some power vibes of strength and patience right NOW. Feel 'em? No worries. A lot of people are pulling for you.

Good vibes, good vibes.

diannevan said...

Waiting for news... If I had read this early, I would have been sending my FreeeVibes so you could have them during the MRI. I'll just have to step into my Time Traveler suit and go back a couple of hours... wait! It's 5 p.m. Eastern time, that means I'm still in time since you're on the West Coast. Woo hoo! ::thank you time traveler suit. You came through again!::

montaukny said...

Thinking about you & the MRI. I've had several myself & am soooo phobic about it. This is due to a horrible 2 hr. one in a friggin' 18 wheel truck (no kidding!) @ the hosp. & a young guy who was new running it. Another time I ended up finding out that I'm severly allergic to the dyes they use sometimes....almost killed me! But for the other 6 or 7 I've had in open MRIs, it's been a breeze! Please let me know that you're ok, sweetie!!! :) ~Aunt Nub~

miarenee24 said...

Hey dear..checking in for news..I know you won't have the results back for a day or two..but wanted to see how you are doing after your stressful event. Love you!

metski715 said...

Freee,
Just don't ask Gregg to help you take out a tongue ring. He tried shoving some black flesh rod in my mouth because he said it'd help ease out the ring. He never got my ring out but did help brighten my smile.
:)
chris

sepintx said...

One step at a time :-)
Wishing the best!

musenla said...

At least getting that nosering off lessened the anxiety over the MRI (though I'm sure you'll do fine, sweetie). I totally forgot you wear a nosering. Which only proves what you're saying that it's such a part of you, if others don't even remember seeing you wearing it. As for feeling naked, that's how I feel when I'm not wearing any makeup, lol.

We'll be thinking of you at your appointment tomorrow. I just think you deserve a more pleasant reward than leg waxing!

aynetal3 said...

Yeeks ... it is all over now Free?? Did you make it? Are you left in one piece? Do you glow brighter than the moon? Has your hair lost its wave?? Was the technician good looking?? Your adoring public should know these things! Write soon ... Our love, Jamie

krobbie67 said...

Just wondering how things went. I hope you're doing okay. {{{{freee}}}}
:-)---Robbie

ondinemonet said...

Hey darlin...Let me know how you are doing please, thinking of you! Love, Carly :)

derossetfamily said...

Waiting for an update, hope everything went ok! You're in my thoughts today :)
~Mary

babyshark28 said...

::knocking on door:: freee, hey....freee. ::opening the door:: hmmm, she should lock this thing... ::poking head in, peeking around:: *whispering* freee...you here? do you want me to make some tea? are you feeling alright? ::silence:: I'll check in later...k? ::shutting door and walking away::