I tried my best to stay perfectly still inside the MRI machine. The loud hammering and the narrow confinement did not bother me much, initially.
It would have been an uneventful experience had it not been for a loose strand of hair on my forehead that suddenly sprang to life. It dangled right in front of my nose. It quivered and shivered, and tickled me.
I knew this strand very well – it is the one I ,so often, play with when I’m day dreaming, sulking or doing some serious thinking.
Was the strand being playful ?
Or was it payback time for all the pulling and twisting I have subjected it to ?If so, then what perfect timing !
I twitched my nose;tried to blow it off my face.
I stared at it till my eyes hurt.
I tried the ‘mind can bend the spoon’ technique.I focused hard and visualized my fingers tucking the stray strand behind my ear.
I hummed my favorite song, closed my eyes and tried to sleep.
I counted the number of loud bangs in each cycle. I followed the fast rhythmic ‘khut-khut-khut-khut’ sound and imagined myself to be a A4 sheet paper inside an old inkjet printer. God, was it the noise or was it the strand that was driving me crazy ?
I became hyper sensitive to my surrounding. The cool breeze that kept the tunnel ventilated suddenly felt icy cold and creepy.
Later, the doctor told me that I was inside the machine for just 20 minutes; to me it seemed eternity.
The moment the procedure got over, I pushed the strand out of my face and sighed in relief.
Were you ever caught in a situation like this ? Looking forward to read your experiences.
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