This was of my brain, and I thought I’d pass along the news because I am terribly claustrophobic, but even so, breezed through the procedure.
At my request (okay, insistence, they put me into La La Land, and it ended up a piece of cake.
It’s such a noisy procedure the nurse put plugs in my ears. They also put a folded washcloth over my eyes. Seems that there’s something that they put over one’s head (face?) that could be literally mindblowing for a claustrophobe.
But by the time the nurse/techie slid me into the machine, I could have given a damn about anything. They also put a panic button in my hand, I never came close to even mildly considering using it.
I am telling you all about this because I’m sure there’s at least one person out there who’s claustrophobic, and would appreciate this assurance. The anesthetic also gives you a certain amount of amnesia and makes the time seem to pass by faster. I was totally at ease throughout.
And the results wwere negative, I’m happy to say.
If you’re old enough, you remember a St. Louis Cardinals ballplayer named Dizzy Dean.
Ole Diz was one helluva pitcher but he wasn’t renowned for being too bright. One day he was beaned by the opposing pitcher and went to the hospital, was treated and released.
Next day’s sports headline was to the effect:
Dizzy Dean’s Head X-Rayed
Doctors Find Nothing"