I Suppose I Should Post

Well, the weather had been nice and now it’s not. So I’m inside, not outside in the garden where I have been and want to be now. A couple of weeks ago I was thinking of taking a blogging break over the summer and committing to spending more time outside and less time inside on my iPad. But as the best laid plans go, that won’t be happening for a while. It’s raining. It has been raining. A lot. My husband’s  vegetable garden is probably going to have to be replanted. And there is no complaint board.  But as you can see by the picture, it’s green and wet.

 This is exiting. Canada just issued the first Canadian bill with a woman on it. Agnes MacPhail was amazing. A suffragette, the first female member of parliament in Canada, in a farming cooperative, a “champion of the working class”,  an advocate of prison reform, and a woman’s rights activist. I, of course, am in love with a piece of money and have hung it on the mirror in my bedroom.

Last night I had my MRI. I had to be there at 10:45 p.m. Now, usually I go to bed around 8:00 because I get up so early. Going out at 10:30 was so late. My husband drove me and I was so tired by that time (I had been up at 6:00) I was getting surly. “It’s the middle of the night!”, I remarked. “Who goes out at such an ungodly hour?” Anyway, I had to enter through the emergency department and had to walk for an hour and half to get to the MRI department. I followed green dots forever and ever and finally arrived in the right place. I got changed into the all cotton pyjamas that I considered stealing because they were so comfy. Have you ever been in an MRI machine? I haven’t so it was unexpected. I laid on the bed and was tucked all tight into a shoulder mold. The machine started raising and then it rolled me into the machine. There was not a whole lot of space, about 6 to 8 inches above my face. Fortunately I was a little stoned* so it didn’t bother me. In fact, it was actually kind of cool. I had headphones on listening to 80’s music. The machine started making really loud noises. And because I was a little stoned* I started thinking that maybe I was actually in a time machine and was going back to the 80’s. If anything would be a time machine, an MRI machine would be it. Five or six songs later the machine spit me back out and it was done. After getting back into my clothes I made my way back through the hospital but now all the lights were out. There was nobody around at all. Except the murders that hide in hospitals at night waiting for unsuspecting women waking through the hospital. I was pretty sure that this was how it was going to end.  Obviously I didn’t get murdered and I came home and went to bed then got up and here I am.

*That is a lie. I took a double dose and was a lot stoned. Thank god because I would have freaked out in such a small space.

26 thoughts on “I Suppose I Should Post

  1. Yeah, I had an MRI once and was surprised at how fricken noisy it is. But I’ve never heard of one scheduled for so late at night! Jeez, is that how you handle backlogs in BC? I haven’t seen one of those new bills yet — looking forward to it.

  2. I hate, loathe and despise MRI’s. I have had lots. And some of them lasted nearly an hour. The noise and the claustrophobiia do my head in. As does having my head strapped down. How I wish I could have been stoned.
    Hooray for recognising an inspirational woman on bank notes. We do a bit of it – but not enough.

  3. Always good to hear from you Birdie. Good for Canada. The US is as usual, stubbornly behind the whole equality thing, even though we espouse equality as our chief virtue.

  4. Agnes Macphail was from my “neck of the woods”. In fact, there is an elementary school in the area called Macphail Memorial. Glad your MRI is all done. I understand about the time you had to go do it. They run those machines, in some places, 24 hours a day so sometimes you are scheduled at a weird time. -Jenn

    • My favourite of the Famous Five is Nellie McLung. A few years back I went in search of her grave. I was disappointed when it didn’t say anything about her legacy and what she did for women.

  5. I love the new bill! Nice to see a woman on it, too. (besides Queen Elizabeth II), although I do like seeing her on the currency. I have never had an MRI, but my friend Linda (yes, she has the same name as I), has had it and is not a fan. I don’t know anyone who is. Take good care of yourself. Hugs.

  6. That is really cool about listening to music with headphones! I would never have guessed that you’re allowed to do that. I wonder if you can bring your own MP3 player. What the heck, you may as well listen to song you like. Although 80s music would work very well for me. 70s, too.

    So happy about finally seeing a woman on our currency. One more would have been even better. Why should there be three men and one woman?

  7. I would be in like with that bill, too. Canada has a lot of cool women. I’m surprised that more of them aren’t on bills. Glad you got that MRI over with. I am always a ball of twitchiness in those machines.

  8. Ohhh I’d have to be medicated to get in one of those things since I have a bit of claustrophobia. Sometimes just having the covers tucked in can make me mildly panic. One of my worst fears as a child was being zipped up into a sleeping bag with my arms inside and not being able to get out. LOL! I love to see a woman on our bills finally but why did they have to put three guys with her. She wasn’t good enough on her own? Sheesh!

  9. Glad you got your MRI. The big guy used to install those machines. They’re still his favorite.

    Our cat had to have two teeth removed last week and I thought of you. It only cost $700 though. Is everything on the island that much more expensive?

  10. Wow, you have such pretty money! I can’t imagine what it would take for us to put a woman on paper money here…
    Seriously? 10:45pm? I’ve never heard of any thing like that. I think everything here shuts down at 5:pm! But, fingers crossed, I hope they got a good reading and can figure this thing out once and for all.
    When I saw that lawn couch under the tree it made me think of that old song “don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me” Is it an apple tree? I hope you sit there and relax a lot this summer…in the sun, not the rain.

  11. I’ve had so many MRI’s that the place I go to keeps the Pink Floyd track “Comfortably Numb” just for me. I listen to it every time I get in that machine. You should ask for it. It’s the perfect music for being stoned.

  12. Dear Birdie, I never knew that some hospitals did regular MRIs at night. That might be one of the differences between your health care in Canada and ours here. Right now, the Republicans are trying to get rid of health care for those who need it most. (That’s not what they say they’re doing.) I’d be so happy to have socialized medicine. But the very word “socialism” drives some people here to the brink of madness!!!! Peace.

  13. I’m glad you were “a lot stoned!” I didn’t have music or drugs for mine and it took a lot to stay still and calm. Glad you got it done and over with :o)

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