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1 minute ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

Yeah, I found it very confining (I'm not a small lad) but I'm not Claustrophobic so it was bearable (I'm not sure how back it would be if they were doing my neck though....my head would be way further in then......).  The noise was pretty loud, but I've been to a number of metal concerts.  Needed more bass though :)
But anyone with noise sensitivity would not enjoy that at all.  So have both is most unfortunate.

My biggest problem was the staying on one spot part.  With my back the nerve pain started after about 10 minutes of not being able to move my back/hips/legs. By the end it was getting really unpleasant.

 

I've had the staying in one place problem too.  Generally when being prepped they have used foam blocks and tape to immobilize the area to be studied.  Not sure how that would work out for a full back/spine MRI.

Being knocked out for an MRI isn't pleasant either, but it beats the alternative.  They do a simultaneous injection on each side right over the kidneys which is immediately followed by the sensation of strong acid surging through your veins.  When it gets to the head you [thankfully] go unconscious.  It's tricky to get the dose right as I've come to near the end of an MRI and it has taken all of my will power to not start thrashing about from the noise.

The after effects aren't pleasant either, as you feel like you have been beaten all over.

GEM

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3 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

Grump and BD have three days apart too.

My son and I are two days apart. And then I went and did the dumb thing of giving him the traditional family first name.  We have different middle names, but it's still alarming how many people and databases get us confused. 

OTOH, I told him that there is probably no way he'll ever be able to hide any outstanding warrants from me or his grandfather. 
 

26 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

Given the last panel, I think that’s relevant to ALL of us :lol:

Where do I report that cartoon? I feel personally attacked. :lol:


Just got off the phone with a woman who called in wanting to know where to plug her new internet into her dial up modem

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1 hour ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

I can relate.  Let us remember the good times.

 

I lost my father on May 5th, 1990.  Medical Misadventure subsequent to a heart attack.

GEM

 

 

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Even after all this time it still hurts.

My father passed away in 2011 four years after my mother.

You can relate more than you think, in my mother's case there was also a "medical misadventure"..

 

I agree, remember the good times, but sometimes it still gets me.

 

@Jasper_the_2nd Good luck with the upcoming surgery.

Hope all goes well and that it really helps you.

 

 

 

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55 minutes ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

Got in to have an MRI on Friday (boy that tube is not overly big, is it?)

Nope, they definitely aren't, that's for sure.  I was given instructions to close my eyes when they put me in for my shoulder when they suspected a torn rotator cuff (but it was actually a massive deep tissue knot that wouldn't let go).  Was not allowed to take painkillers beforehand, so that alone was rough, and was even rougher when they strapped the shoulder down.

 

Kept my eyes closed most of the time and just focused on relaxing.  Opened my eyes once and went "yup, that's a wall right there next to my face" and closed my eyes.  I'm typically not claustrophobic, but I can see why such would cause issues for many.  Biggest problem for me though was about four or five minutes in my shoulder started involuntarily spasming, which meant they had to reimage a few times, but after the first time once they realized it wasn't a voluntary response, the second person talked me into doing something - I think it was tell a story, and somehow that managed to get the spasms to die down at least somewhat.

 

Was so a weird feeling when they unstrapped me and we all got to watch my left arm spasm for several seconds until it settled down...

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9 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Nope, they definitely aren't, that's for sure.  I was given instructions to close my eyes when they put me in for my shoulder when they suspected a torn rotator cuff (but it was actually a massive deep tissue knot that wouldn't let go).  Was not allowed to take painkillers beforehand, so that alone was rough, and was even rougher when they strapped the shoulder down.

 

Kept my eyes closed most of the time and just focused on relaxing.  Opened my eyes once and went "yup, that's a wall right there next to my face" and closed my eyes.  I'm typically not claustrophobic, but I can see why such would cause issues for many.  Biggest problem for me though was about four or five minutes in my shoulder started involuntarily spasming, which meant they had to reimage a few times, but after the first time once they realized it wasn't a voluntary response, the second person talked me into doing something - I think it was tell a story, and somehow that managed to get the spasms to die down at least somewhat.

 

Was so a weird feeling when they unstrapped me and we all got to watch my left arm spasm for several seconds until it settled down...

I never used to mind the MRI's (Ive had 4, kidney, brain, back and neck.) but then i also voluntarily climbed into a boiler casing to evaluate tube corrosion.

 

Now I am sort of worried if I will fit.  my body is no longer capable of laying flat and since what they want is in the front of my face (the pitutary gland) I am sort of curious about how that is supposed to work.  I do tend to close my eyes and doze off when i am in there though.  the noise doesnt bother me and i find the absolute isolation... restful. 

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32 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

My son and I are two days apart. And then I went and did the dumb thing of giving him the traditional family first name.  We have different middle names, but it's still alarming how many people and databases get us confused. 

 

As someone who deals with medical records, I can confirm that situations like this tend to cause both computers and humans to trip up sometimes. If the name is the same, I look at date of birth next, followed by other demographics to hopefully figure out which human this record belongs to. Computers, not being as good at this type of pattern recognition, will sometimes de-duplicate (merge) records that it thinks are for the same person. They are...not always correct....

 

Twins etc. can also cause confusion. We once had a set of adult twins with the same address, phone number, last name AND workplace, with first names only one letter off. THAT took some time to sort out. <_<

 

Common names can cause issues too. For example, our area has a very large Hispanic population. If you're trying to find a test result for a "Maria Gomez" you'd better bring me a whole lot of other info, or I won't be able to sort through the thousands of other Maria Gomez's to find the one you're interested in. 

 

Fun with records and data entry! :winkthumbs:

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

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19 minutes ago, Kangaroorex said:

I never used to mind the MRI's (Ive had 4, kidney, brain, back and neck.) but then i also voluntarily climbed into a boiler casing to evaluate tube corrosion.

 

Now I am sort of worried if I will fit.  my body is no longer capable of laying flat and since what they want is in the front of my face (the pitutary gland) I am sort of curious about how that is supposed to work.  I do tend to close my eyes and doze off when i am in there though.  the noise doesnt bother me and i find the absolute isolation... restful. 

Oh, other than the shoulder I didn't really mind it.  First 4-5 minutes was generally relaxing, and the machine's noises FASCINATED me...  But I'm also an audio guy, and on my wishlist this year is a $400 microphone with field recording stuff (Deity V-Mic D3 Pro Field Kit if curious) ~plus~ a field recorder, because found sounds absolutely fascinate me.  Especially when you then garble the living daylights out of them through various other filters! >.>;;;;


EDIT: Now I'm confused.  I got a notice that Pezler mentioned me in a post...  But... The post isn't here...?

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15 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

 

As someone who deals with medical records, I can confirm that situations like this tend to cause both computers and humans to trip up sometimes. If the name is the same, I look at date of birth next, followed by other demographics to hopefully figure out which human this record belongs to. Computers, not being as good at this type of pattern recognition, will sometimes de-duplicate (merge) records that it thinks are for the same person. They are...not always correct....

 

Twins etc. can also cause confusion. We once had a set of adult twins with the same address, phone number, last name AND workplace, with first names only one letter off. THAT took some time to sort out. <_<

 

Common names can cause issues too. For example, our area has a very large Hispanic population. If you're trying to find a test result for a "Maria Gomez" you'd better bring me a whole lot of other info, or I won't be able to sort through the thousands of other Maria Gomez's to find the one you're interested in. 

 

Fun with records and data entry! :winkthumbs:

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

My father was a Junior and they didn't want to burden me with roman numerals so they took each grandfathers name when naming me.

Since my father and I shared the same first name it was a constant source of confusion until ten years after my father died.

GEM

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29 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Oh, other than the shoulder I didn't really mind it.  First 4-5 minutes was generally relaxing, and the machine's noises FASCINATED me...  But I'm also an audio guy, and on my wishlist this year is a $400 microphone with field recording stuff (Deity V-Mic D3 Pro Field Kit if curious) ~plus~ a field recorder, because found sounds absolutely fascinate me.  Especially when you then garble the living daylights out of them through various other filters! >.>;;;;


EDIT: Now I'm confused.  I got a notice that Pezler mentioned me in a post...  But... The post isn't here...?

If I had to guess, I would say that it was removed by a mod. I did have a warning on it and spoilered to boot, but that may not have been enough.

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32 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Computers, not being as good at this type of pattern recognition, will sometimes de-duplicate (merge) records that it thinks are for the same person. They are...not always correct....

 

This happened to my wife about 5 years after we got married. She and my unmarried cousin have birthdays a week apart (but 4 years difference in age), and the same first name, but different middle name. 

My cousin lived with my parents for a short time in the 80s, then bounced around the country for little over a decade before emigrating to South Africa in 2003.  In 2007, we bought my parents house from them.  Shortly there after, we confirmed the rumor about why my cousin had emigrated to South Africa as being true - fleeing creditors and collection agencies.   Some computer somewhere merged some records thanks to same first & last name, same birth month and same address, and the debt collection agencies pounced on my wife and I.  Had to get the state attorney general involved to get them to back off.  It really upset my wife because she had worked really hard to repair her credit after her ex-husband tanked it with a bankruptcy. 

33 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Common names can cause issues too. For example, our area has a very large Hispanic population. If you're trying to find a test result for a "Maria Gomez" you'd better bring me a whole lot of other info, or I won't be able to sort through the thousands of other Maria Gomez's to find the one you're interested in. 

In the 90s I had a co-worker in CA with the last name Rodriguez get picked up as a passenger during a traffic stop on an outstanding murder warrant for someone with the same first & last name, middle initial and birthday. 

The officers who detained him were pretty sure they had the wrong guy within a few minutes, but the seriousness of the charges meant they had to cross a lot of T's and dot a lot of I's before they let him go. 

He said it was the perfect ending to his friend's bachelor party. 

 

15 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

My father was a Junior and they didn't want to burden me with roman numerals so they took each grandfathers name when naming me.

Since my father and I shared the same first name it was a constant source of confusion until ten years after my father died.

GEM

That's the tradition in my family.  First son of the first son all have the same first name, but different middle names.  Six generations now. 

Funny thing is my dad and I rarely get mixed up - the one big event was that my parents mortgage ended up on my credit report for awhile.  I did a little bit with my grandfather as a teen/young adult because our middle initial was the same, but that was mostly teenage me getting offers to join AARP. 

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23 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

If I had to guess, I would say that it was removed by a mod. I did have a warning on it and spoilered to boot, but that may not have been enough.

 

Correct. 

 

MOD VOICE

 

Regarding profanity: Even if it is in a spoiler, if it would not be allowed in a typed reply, it is not allowed in an image.

 

/MOD VOICE

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30 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

If I had to guess, I would say that it was removed by a mod. I did have a warning on it and spoilered to boot, but that may not have been enough.

Feel free to DM me a link if you want, I generally don't read that comic so trying to figure out what was hinted as is difficult.

 

...Doubly so with how the emails contain like two sentences and a link nowadays :P

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1 minute ago, Kuroneko said:

 

I was going to post some wildlife pics from my actual camera, but I'm not feeling that great and I'm currently pinned down on the sofa by the feline overlords. So here's some random kitteh pics from the last week. Obviously my favorite is the last one :lol:

 

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Ah yes, good to see a member of the Polychromatic Brigade.::D:

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