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This was a tough test of claustrophobic resistance. Locked in my narrow tube, my helmet ensured all I could do was gaze upwards. But what would come demanded eyes tight shut.

They injected a liquid; it felt cold in my veins. Then it started! The noise was intense, even with ear defenders and earplugs. Imagine a pneumatic road drill inches from your skull, encircling it over and over with loud pulsations; trying to drive you crazy! My torture continued for 30 minutes.

But then they slid me out of my prison like a torpedo on go-slow.

MRI scan over.

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    Jamie Clapperton 24 days ago

    I had a familiar feeling of being intrigued and yet anticipating being made to groan in a minute. -)))Then was genuinely surprised by the reveal. Liked it. :-) Sorry you had to go through that Neville.

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    Christopher 24 days ago

    I've never had one of those but I hear it's not pleasant, especially if you aren't a fan of enclosed places.

    Was this routine or has something happened?

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    Neville Hunt 24 days ago

    Thanks both. It was actually OK and I’ve had three this year before - you get used to them. I don’t worry about enclosed spaces, but Mrs H is a real claustrophobe. They still don’t seem to know what it was I had in February and apparently there are loads of senior doctors/surgeons discussing my case. I feel like a monkey in a zoo. I think they’re probably still trying to find a brain!

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    Drew Martyn 24 days ago

    I'm glad you're okay Neville, I'm not sure how I'd react in an enclosed space with all that noise, not too well I'd guess. Anyway, good news thus far, let us know if they find your "dormant organ" (quote from Fawlty Towers, Basil to Sybil)

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    Neville Hunt 24 days ago

    Thanks Drew. It’s not so bad... in fact it’s fascinating when they show you slices of what currently passes for a brain, dormant or chugging along slowly. I was chuffed last week when my pretty oriental stroke consultant told me it was like the brain of someone 15-20 years younger than me. (I wonder who it was?)... she was lovely... little wonder my brain was in overdrive!😋

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    Drew Martyn 24 days ago

    Good job it was only your brain they were scanning....

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    Christopher 24 days ago

    Haha. That Fawlty reference made me laugh, Drew. I remembered the preceding line to the dormant organ, which I believe was "rinse the donuts out of your ears!" Although my dormant organ may be Fawlty as well!

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    Drew Martyn 24 days ago

    Lol I think you're right. I'm pretty sure there's a rancorous coiffured old sow in there somewhere as well. One of my favourite insults, that! You're obviously a lover of Fawlty Towers too :)

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    Christopher 23 days ago

    Oh yeah. I taped them all back in the late 80's, along with Monty Python's Flying Circus and Are You Being Served? and would watch them constantly.

    Yeah, I remember that line too. He also called her hair a "rat's maze" right after the dormant organ remark. That's probably the funniest show ever produced.

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    Neville Hunt 23 days ago

    I used to be word-perfect on Fawlty Towers, all twelve of them. I may get the odd word or episode out of place these days though. My particular favourite Basil ‘speech’ was it in The Americans maybe? (no offence meant Christopher). It’s the only one in which Basil seems to ‘win’. “This is typical... the kind of... arse I have have to put up with from you lot when I’m trying to run a hotel” He then walks out, discovers it’s raining, walks back in... “What do you want Basil?” “A room please Sybil.... I think number 12 is free.....”

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    Drew Martyn 23 days ago

    My favourite from that episode is along the lines of "I'm sorry if our roads are not wide enough for you, a lot of our cars have steering wheels" :)

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    Frenchie 22 days ago

    I have heard some people feel very claustrophobic in there. Aha, thank you for the smile... maybe you can write a drabble about a pretty doctor **Smiles**

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    Neville Hunt 22 days ago

    Thanks Frenchie... and welcome back. I was so pleased to see that you have posted again.

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    Jeff Taylor 22 days ago

    Glad you're doing ok now Neville! I've had my fair share of the MRI machine as well. They're not bad. Quite fun to get sliced open by a magnetic field and not feel a thing! I've even printed a copy of my brain for posterity, so I can look at it longingily in my old age and remember I actually had one of those! ;)

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