Glad That’s Over

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062021

I had an MRI of my brain yesterday at the AdventHealth hospital in New Smyrna Beach, part of the search to figure out what’s causing my head pain. I do have to say that I’m glad that’s over. I’m a bit claustrophobic, and while I’ve had MRIs on my lower back, and going in that tube is never fun, at least the upper part of me was out. And when another facility used an open MRI machine, Miss Terry sat beside me and held my hand. Yes, I’m that big of a wimp and yes, she is that wonderful of a wife.

But for the brain MRI it was the upper half of my body going in the enclosed tube. And it didn’t help that they had to immobilize my head with a support so I wouldn’t move and then put a mask over my face. When they called to schedule things, they said that visitors were not allowed in the hospital and Terry would have to wait out in the car, so I told her there was no reason for her to come. The two nice ladies doing the procedure were very supportive and gave me an alarm I could squeeze if I really couldn’t handle it and needed out. I asked if that happens very often and they said more than I might think.

It was about a 30 – 45 minute procedure, with a lot of noise from the machine. Sometimes it sounded like a jackhammer going off and other times a loud series of beeps. They did put earpads on me to help reduce some of the noise, which were also playing some nice mellow music. Not that I could hear a whole lot of it because of the machine.

At any rate, that’s done and now we’ll just have to wait for some results. I asked if they actually did find a brain in there, but instead of reassuring me, one of the technicians just said I would have to talk to my doctor about that. Hmmm… what does she know that I don’t know?

I reported a few days ago that we had had a local contractor come by to give us an estimate for building a carport on the concrete apron in front of our house. At the time, I was a little concerned because I’ve been told we have too much structure for the lot size already, and they said they would have to check that out. They called yesterday afternoon with the estimate, which was very good, but they are running into some snags with the county as far as the lot size and building permit. For some reason we never got a site survey when we bought this place, which the county requires, so they gave me the names of some surveyors to call. The first one I contacted said they couldn’t do anything for six to eight weeks because they are that busy. I left messages with two others, and hopefully, they will call back and we can find out what we can and can’t do and get moving on this project if at all possible.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – If a plant is sad, do other plants photosympathize?

Nick Russell

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  4 Responses to “Glad That’s Over”


  2. If you go on Brevard tax accessor Website plug in your information for your property they’ll have the original property lines you can PDF save it you probably should have gotten that from the title company when you purchased your property that’ll at least give you an idea where your your pegs are
    Most of them will be a simple piece of rebar (maybe with a cap )in the ground
    If you can physically find just one With the long tape measure you should be able to find the other three .
    If you can find your pegs that will help your surveyor Go faster
    When you pull a permit in some incidents they want the property lines and a new survey within a five year .. That’s standard

  3. I’m not terribly claustrophobic but I do get a bit so when I’ve had to be in one of those machines. I just pretended I was lying in the hammock at our lake and that worked. With my eyes closed, my body could pretend! However lying by the lake does NOT have that machine noise.

  4. I have had a number of MRI’s on my brain, so I can sympathize. Claustrophobic more than I realized, but after needing to push the panic button on an early one, I now take Ativan (small dosage) and it really helps. You do need a driver though for after.
    Hope you get some answers.

  5. Maybe a good Tarp would be a better solution? I have no idea, I’m not a boat owner.

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