If you've read any of my rambling blogs, you might already think I'm crazy. But here's a little more fodder for you: I actually really enjoyed my MRI this afternoon at Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee Campus.
I didn't, of course, enjoy the reason I needed the MRI in the first place: I was rear-ended in April by a guy who fled the scene. Since then, I've been in almost constant back, shoulder and neck pain.
But going into this hour-long procedure, I knew I'd be getting some closure -- at least to the extent that an MRI would show more definitively what's exactly wrong with me (and yes, attorneys, I already have legal representation -- no need to call and pitch your services).
The hospital is just a few blocks from the global headquarters of OnMilwaukee.com, and it being a beautiful day, I decided to walk. Already in a good mood, I was amused to find out that during the weird, noisy procedure, I could listen to music on headphones.
And the choices were comprehensive, like a jukebox at your favorite corner tavern. I picked Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" (because an MRI is pretty trippy), Bob Marley's "Legend" (because I thought it would be relaxing) and finally an '80s mix, prepared by the technician, Laura (because I thought it would be a silly thing to listen to during a very non-silly medical procedure).
"Crank that up, I'm from the iPod generation," were my exact words, and Laura obliged.
If you've ever had an MRI, you know that you can't move an inch, and today's machines are much less claustrophobic than they used to be. Lying perfectly still on my back actually had the interesting effect of making feel better (albeit temporarily). In other words, I was literally forced to relax in the middle of a busy day.
Lying motionless also brought me into a hypnotic, zen-like state, somewhere between awake and asleep. The music choices of the first two discs led me through a virtual (and in some ways, a nearly literal) time machine …