The Inside Story

I always endeavor to bring people the “inside story” of skating culture whenever I can.

Does this include x-rays?

Jim’s Cornell’s collarbone is healing nicely. I wonder if he sets off the metal detectors at an airport?

The thing that fascinates me about this high definition x-ray, is that you can actually see the tissues & pathways of his lungs under his ribcage.

This picture feels like looking under the hood of a very powerful car, while the motor is running!

In my early 20’s, I experienced some heart trouble, and got to watch an ultrasound of my own heart doing its indefatigable, relentless, lifelong stroll.

I could feel it thumping as I watched it pound along. Then the doctor touched their keyboard, and inflowing blood pulsed red, outflowing blood pulsed blue. Incredible.

Why is it that only when we are “damaged” that we get to look “under the hood”?

If it was easier to see “the motor running” of our internal selves, maybe we, societally speaking, would treat ourselves better….

(note: I’m certainly not talking about bad luck sporting injuries like Jim’s!)

7 Responses to “The Inside Story”

  1. I’m glad Jim’s collarbone is healing! Jim, I have to email you to say hi again…and of course that I hope you can do workouts!

    Of all unlikely things, I got to see my heart in an echo cardiogram with it perfectly healthy… I was technically not “anemic”, and I had begged, argued, and cried to my doctor to check my heart. It took a month to get someone to just listen to it… and I finally had the echo cardiogram scheduled for one morning. I found out from my current doctor only the previous afternoon that my ferritin was low, I already had a box of feosol in my bedroom…and I had already confirmed the next day’s appointment and was too exhausted to do anything about it. I spent the whole thing looking at the screen with a funny sense of thankfulness for my heart’s good work.

  2. I wonder what the payoff would be if we decided we could afford to send some sort of scanner(s) around to schools to show kids pictures & movies of their insides? Would we catch some health problems? Spark interest in the life sciences?

    Another great idea rendered impossible by cost and liability…

  3. Kate,

    Yes, you could watch/catch some health problems at an early age. When I was delivering newspapers as a 13 y/o, between chain-smoking Marlboro’s, I got to check out one of my customer’s garages–it was full of ultrasound equipment. The guy serviced and distributed these machines. He once said, “Hey, if you want, I can show you your carotid arteries.”

    I had obvious plaque buildup in those arteries–especially at the bifurcation. He said, “If a piece of that breaks off, you can have a massive stroke.” That got my attention. Of course, it wasn’t until two years later that I quit cold-turkey and joined the x-country team in H.S.

    That guy told me these findings were commonly found in Vietnam Vets under age 20 when they came back from Nam.

    I say, “Discover it early. Treat it early. Done!”

  4. Tim, wow! Great story. My mom (who smoked for many years) just had a carotid artery cleaned out at age 78, and despite some complications is feeling better than she has in years. We think it’s increased blood flow to the brain :) It’s amazing what does, and what doesn’t, wake people up.

  5. sorry, I was really trying to make a long story short - that was the low-iron trouble from three years ago, nothing new. Now I’m doing great. I assumed everybody would get sick of hearing about it ;)

    And yes, Tim, that is a great story!

  6. In ‘02 I had foot pain, and x-rays must have been inconclusive because my doctor ordered a bone scan for me. Turns out they don’t just do bone scans of one body part, they do your whole body. It was very weird seeing my skeleton laid out in front of me. No broken bones, foot or elsewhere, but the radiologist was concerned about some “hot spots” in my back. I’ve never had back trouble, and I’m still not sure whether or not I’m glad I know about the back thing.

  7. “If it was easier to see “the motor running” of our internal selves, maybe we, societally speaking, would treat ourselves better…. ”

    i really like that.

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