This is very strange – WP accepts pdf picture files, but only inserts a link to the image. So, under this pdf link, I’ll attempt to upload a jpg of the image – but I’m having a ‘hell-of-a-time’ uploading any type of image to WP any more and I’m wondering why?
One thing for sure – IF you click on the link above – you can get a GREAT BIG LOOK at my artwork in detail – I was even impressed!
Chicken in a Microwave and Abstract Painted Wall Art
Chickens in microwaves and Abstract Art have nothing to do with each other; however, I bet it caught your attention.
On the 19th, I had an MRI done on my lumbar and pelvis regions: just a regular check-up to see if there are any changes that need to be looked into further.
Because I’m claustrophobic, I need to be sedated before being put in the coffin – I mean – MRI Tube. Also, because I’m already taking so many pain-killers and other strong medications, the amount of morphine I need to be knocked-out is higher than the normal person will get. The doctor was unaware of this fact: The amount given had no affect (5mg) – it should have been 10 – 15mg. So, I told the technicians to put blinders over my eyes so I could not see anything.
Yes, I was freaked out, but less so with the blinders over my eyes; nevertheless, I was awake for the entire MRI session.
At some point during the session, the areas in my lumbar spine where I have my titanium screws, rods, and cages, started to warm up – well not warm up – they started getting hot!
Because the Radiologist believed I was sedated, I was not given a hand buzzer to get the technicians attention – a typical precaution for patients who are awake.
The areas around my spine with the implants got hot as the magnetic ‘device’ was imaging those areas. At first I tried calling out to the technicians – I believed there would be some intercom type of system to communicate with them: there was not. Then, I removed the heart meter from my left thumb to stop the heart beat beeper monitor and I thought if they thought I was ‘dead’ they would come check things out – no one bothered to see why the thumb sensitive heart monitor had stopped. So, my last option was trying SOS – HOPING THAT SOMEONE OUT THERE KNEW Morse Code: I used my pointer finger and tried using the thumb hook-up heart monitor as my Morse Code communicator. …—…—…— . No one at all figured out I was in some distress.
So, I attempted to stay calm as a chicken baking in a microwave oven hoping that the tissue around the titanium implants were not cooking my insides.
You can be sure that I gave the Radiologist and technicians a lecture on heat sensitivity of my titanium implants and that they need to be aware of if the heart monitor stops – then something is seriously wrong inside the tube and they should pause the scan and see what the hell is happening!
Thus, my story has nothing to do with my art-piece, but never-mind, my posts are often convoluted.
I believe the reason this is the first time I have ever felt the heat is because in all the other times I’ve had MRI’s done, I HAVE BEEN TOTALLY SEDATED and I did not feel the heating affect.
So what is the moral of this story. I’m not sure really. While titanium is not magnetic, it is a metal and apparently, I can confirm, heats up during an MRI scan. Perhaps it was because the MRI being used is old? I would not know. Maybe newer MRI machines have improvements that do not have this heating effect.
Next time, I will go to a place with a brand new MRI machine, and / or, make sure I am totally morphined-to-sleep.