Sleep and food
After the procedure they offer you a white sandwich with cheese and a coffee. My entire system had just been emptied and abused and I did not feel like putting more ‘garbage’ in there. So, obsessed as I am with food, I had brought the things that I know my body would need: coconut water, coconut yoghurt and papaya. Fresh, gentle, restoring foods, instead of aggressive ones, like coffee, or empty ones like white bread and cheese. Even though I felt OK, when I had to get into a taxi I realized I was still a bit ‘stoned’. Bumping into doorways, moving very slowly and disoriented. Back in the hotel I slept all afternoon. Needless to say that dinner that evening tasted like the best food ever. I had asked for vegan food, because I heard that when you have a ‘clean system’ it is better to start eating very selectively.
The next day was in another hospital: an MRI scan of the entire body and brain, a cardiology test, breast research and some other stuff. I was a bit nervous about the MRI. I am very sensitive to electro magnetic fields. How would I feel about going into this electro magnetic tunnel, not being able to move for 45 mins? And what about the contrast liquid they would put into my body? I felt slightly nauseous, just thinking about it. Fortunately the doctor recommended doing the MRI without contrast liquid, since it was preventative and we were not looking for something specific. A few minutes later I found myself being prepared to go into the MRI ‘tunnel’. It is interesting that if you do this as part of a prescan, you feel completely different than when you are sick. No nervousness about what they are going to find, no discomfort, no stress, just a mild curiosity. The sound the MRI makes is very loud. Like standing in front of the speakers of a techno festival… Strange enough, it kind of relaxed me. I had no problems at all being completely immobile for 45 mins. Weird, because when I try to meditate, I can’t sit still for 5 minutes! Afterwards the radiologist explains the 1500(!) MRI pictures taken of my body and brain. Except for some small damage from the whiplash, visible in my brain, there is nothing remarkable. Alzheimer’s not measurable on MRI, unfortunately. Oh, by the way, he mentions that my brain has asymmetric brain ventricles (fluid chambers). Normal ventricles look something like the first picture and mine look more like the second one (but then reversed: my ventricles are on the left side of my brain):