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May 14, 2007

I'm tired. Tired of waiting, that is. The news, when it comes, isn't going to be good, but that's neither here nor there. I just want to know, so we can get started on a treatment.

I had my third MRI a week ago, and it is, per the latest report from my neurologist, still in the hands of the radiologist. My neurologist hasn't even received it yet.

Henceforth, I hereby call "BS" on any TV medical show in which the heroic doctors get MRI results during the same episode in which the MRI is ordered.

Doctors watching the MRI images resolving on their screens in realtime will duly be noted with peals of laughter.

Sorry, House.

In the meantime, my condition is slowly worsening. My legs, for instance, are getting progressively weaker. I tire easily; I have to budget my trips around the house and up and down the stairs. Hauling a load of laundry up the stairs is almost more than I can manage... almost. I'll keep schlepping along.

I wonder how hard it would be to get a dumbwaiter installed? (Apparently we can still call them "dumbwaiters" instead of "verbally-challenged waitrons.") Having one would be rather handy... and would be rather cool, in a "retro" sort of way.

I can still control my feet, but that control also is declining. Safety is about to become an issue now, so today I made what I believe will be my last self-driven trip to the grocery store. Fortunately, they deliver.

Note the "Health" category under which this post is filed; my previous posts have been put there, as well. If you're new here and have no idea what I'm talking about, the posts are in reverse chronological order.

Posted by Russ at 10:19 PM, May 14, 2007 in Health

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Still no word, and because the radiologist hasn't reported in yet--unreal. Here at the Mayo Clinic, there's nothing like that kind of delay; perhaps you need a new MRI place?

When radiological interpretation can be farmed out to India over the internet, it's just hard to imagine what the delay is. Have you talked to the MRI people about it? I imagine the buck always stops somewhere else....

You're in my prayers, Russ--not just for the condition, but for the frustration and rage regarding bureaucratic ineptitude.

Posted by: John at May 16, 2007 06:42 PM

May 17 and still nothing. Incredible.

You're still in my (and so many others') prayers, Russ!

I'll call again, too, but I'm still behind deadline on some important stuff. :(

Posted by: John at May 17, 2007 06:41 PM

I'm not trying to monopolize the comments here, but one thing I must add: OF COURSE we still call them "dumbwaiters"; OTOH, were they "dumbwaitresses", then we'd instead use something like "speechless waitron", or perhaps just "dumbwaiter."

Posted by: John at May 17, 2007 08:13 PM

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