It all started with the prescription of the Orthopedic to take an X-Ray of my C-Spine when I consulted him for pain in the neck.
You know my wife is on the computer most of the time, butted in my husband even as I was explaining my problem to the doctor.
Well, I expected that would be the cause of her problem, he promptly concurred as he was examining me ,asking me to turn my neck side ways, front ways and back ways.
He prescribed muscle relaxants and calcium tablets and asked me to come back with the X-Ray in a couple of days.
What I thought would be a simple procedure turned out to be nerve racking experience to say the least.
We walked into one of the popular centres where the board displayed : X-RAY, E.C.G ,SCAN and LAB that was nearest to our house and after removing our foot wear as it was mandatory, showed the prescription to the young lady at the Reception. She turned the paper back and forth and asked us whether the doctor had asked for a scan or an X-Ray. I said I knew what I meant to which she replied that they had facilities only for a Scan. When I pointed out that the Board outside included X-RAY among others in bold type, she coolly said they had stopped offering this facility “Then why don’t you remove it from the board”, I said.
I know we should was her indifferent reply.
Next we went to another such centre and found there was no power and were informed that we had to wait indefinitely. At the third place we visited, we were met with the same luck as the technician had just then left.
After loitering around we went back to the one we visited earlier. To our luck the power had been restored and I was summoned into the X-Ray room. Take off your chain, earings, pins and any other metal objects, the technician literally bellowed into my ear. I promptly obeyed and deposited them safely in my handbag.
Two X-Rays will cost you rs.500/, is it o.k.? he said.
I thought his query could have sounded a little more polite.
Please go ahead, I replied.
He asked me to stand in front of a tall stand with my forehead touching it which I did.
Don’t move till I check the picture, he ordered.
I had no alternative though I felt ridiculous standing there facing the wall till he gave me his clearance.
It is o.k. he said to my relief.
Now leave your hair loose and get up on this table and lie with your head up facing me, he instructed . Though I felt his overpowering presence was more a disturbance I knew I had to follow his instructions. Then suddenly he went on the other side and started dragging both my legs and I felt he would pull me down, the way he was handling my poor feet.
Do you want me to move down a bit? I asked, “no don’t worry”, he said and mercilessly dragged my legs again as though he was handling a cadaver.
“Don’t shake your head, lie still” he demanded and went about his job.
Fortunately he was back in a jiffy looking satisfied and said I could get off the table.
Collecting the X-Ray I proceeded to meet my doctor with literally my “hair down ”.
He confirmed what he had suspected and it was indeed a wear and tear of my spine.
“No spending more than 20 minutes in front of the computer”, he warned. I came home and looked at myself in the mirror and was pleased at what I saw, I looked years younger and fashionable with my hair let loose and flowing. I decided that would be my style statement in future.
n.meera raghavendra rao