Friday, 3/16/18


Dr. Lim sent me for a breast MRI. I’ve had lots of MRI’s and don’t have claustrophobic issues with the exam. However, I had an issue this time. I felt normal, with the exception of a severe lack of sleep, and moved through the steps with the tech. She had already inserted the IV for contrast. Again, I had to lay on my stomach with my breasts positioned through holes beneath me. My arms were above my head and my back was slightly arched. In positioning the bed into the machine, I felt the room spin and my vision hollow out. I started shaking and turned white. I felt myself being taken off the bed and smelling salts beneath my nose. I was quickly taken next door to the urgent care where people seemed to scramble faster than my brain could keep up. My blood pressure had dropped and I couldn’t seem to find my “footing” for a bit. They ran a lot of tests and, in the end, decided it was important, considering my illnesses, to transport me to Methodist Hospital for 24-hour observation. More scans and blood work. In the end, we don’t know what happened.

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Christine Cadiz

Houston-based writer making contributions through truth- and story-telling. Sometimes dark, often insubordinate, and always raw, a balance is struck in each conclusion that evokes a sense of resolve to the absurd drama so intricately woven into our human experience. You will find short stories sometimes based in truth, true stories sometimes based in harsh reality, musings that may strike a nerve, writing prompts just for fun, and a novel or two in the works. Welcome, and thank you for reading. Christine Cadiz was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1964. She was a kid in the Florida Keys and an adult in Miami. She's been writing since she was nine-years-old and was a Journalism major before leaving college to work. Christine worked in marketing and advertising for seventeen years. She stayed in Florida for forty-three years before relocating to North Carolina and then Texas with her family. She has three daughters and currently resides in Houston.

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