On Wednesday, October 20, Hilary drove me back to Grand View Hospital for MRIs on my spine. I spent over an hour in the MRI machine for standard and with contrast MRIs. The huge machine makes a constant noise that sounds like it is straight out of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” starring Danny Kaye: “tapokitta-tapokitta-tapokitta.” Then there are the loud noises when it is actually taking images. I was so cramped and in pain, yet this heavy metal music nearly lulled me to sleep. Of course, I had taken Percocet and Valium before I went. That could have had some impact on my perception.