Friday, August 13, 2010

M.ercy! R.eally I. Didn't. . .


Walking on Blossoms

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine,

and man cannot live without love.

Max Muller

Palm Tree Gems

"For a writer,

published works are like fallen flowers,

but the expected new work

is like a calyx waiting to blossom."

Cao Yu

Heron Harry

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,

they are the charming gardeners

who make our souls blossom."

Marcel Proust

"It is the hour to rend thy chains,

the blossom time of souls."

Katharine Lee Bates


Getting up before dawn wasn't bad,
in fact, it reminded me of how happy I was
back in the day
making my living

in the nether world of night.

The drive out there through Honolulu's dawn
was enjoyable.

My physician had prescribed an M.R.I on my back.

Of course I assumed that I would be exemplary,
going to my special place
and lying perfectly still inside the tube.

Favorite Husband had his paw MRI-ed last month
but only his lower extremities
had been "in the tube."


They put me

All The Way In.

Panic threatened.

I thought of the change in dynasties in China
that resulted in former officials
being incarcerated in the equivalent of steamer trunks
for years, with only a rice bowl- sized hole.

I thought of concentration camp inmates
pressed into cattle cars.

I thought of North Korea's prisons.

I shoulda thought about other things, eh?

Keeping my eyes closed
I impersonated a perfect patient.

But I was SO happy to get out of there!

Mercy! Really I

didn't realize I had agreed to do that!

I'll be recovering at home this weekend. . .

What have you got planned?



Dina said...

Oh God, my worst fear. You are so very brave, Cloudia.
I hope good news came out of it.

lakeviewer said...

Oh No! Do take time with healing. MRI are not my cup of tea, either. Yours, a full scan, does seem bit too much.

Cloudia said...

Feels good to be out under the skies! Thanks

Teresa said...

Glad you're out and feeling better!

Thinking of Chinese officials in their little boxes with rice bowl holes? ... only you, dear, only you!

Gran said...

You are truly fearless! I'm going to watch my grandchildren in a play this weekend, then go to a birthday party. And I'm also going to read, and sleep :)


Cloudia said...

Wonderful :)

Anonymous said...

Yo! Congrats for braving the "tube"! Whew! I sang Christmas songs and closed my eyes the first time I was in one. I took drugs and still couldn't stand to stay the next time. Seems MRI-induced claustrophobia gets worse with age, so I was able to spread my arms out in an open one. Hope your spine is divine. DrumMajor

magiceye said...

get well soon
take care

namaste /\ from mumbai

Charles Gramlich said...

I usuallly come close to falling to sleep to the rhythm when I'm in one.

SandyCarlson said...

I am glad you made it through that ordeal, Cloudia. What a time!

Denise said...

Oh boy, haven't been in one of those things but know I would not be a happy camper as I do tend to the claustrophobic. Glad you're back home recovering from your experience. Feel better soon!
An English Girl Rambles

louisebah said...

Cloudia! I hope everything turns out well. Think of gazelles running wild and free across the savannah, of wild birds flying to the limits of the stratosphere and be well.
hugs for a peaceful weekend ~ louise xx

dinesh chandra said...

hi good blog

kavita said...

I am so sorry to hear this.I have a chronic problem of back ache(slip disc)and a MRI was done for me too...i was told that if i ever want to work as a dentist again i need a surgery.Here i am ....i am doing fine without one,thanks to yoga.You will be fine Cloudia.My best wishes.

Reader Wil said...

You are a brave girl, Cloudia! It's not nice in a tube and above all it's boring. I hope that the result is better.
Beautiful photos, Cloudia and as always the right quotes!

wenn said...

great and take a good rest. Btw, I hv a new blog.

Friko said...

There, there, it's all over now!
Didn't hurt now, did it?

Sorry you had to be shoved up a tube, hope the results will be favourable.

Kay said...

I had to go through that, too with my thyroid cancer scare and treatment. It's the clagging that bothered me.

Cloudia said...


You folks are the BEST!

Junosmom said...

Hope your back is now fine!