1386048 tn?1281012333

bridge over troubled water...

hey guys,

my story tonight is just a sentimental one.  

i had my second mri tonight.  it was scheduled to be of my head.  last wednesday i had the T and L spine done (ordered by my fam. doc) as the C & T spine ordered by the neuro. are not scheduled until end of january.  

i must backtrack 13 years or so to give you a basis for the meaning behind what happened tonight.  

my granny was a very important figure in mine and everyone's lives that she ever touched.  one of those people who sparkles a million times more brilliantly than you would ever imagine a person could and to whomevers life she touched, she always left an imprint.  my middle name, islay, is the name of the island where she was born.

i never met my true grandfather, her first husband, as he died when my mum was young, but had a very meaningful experience when i was about 19 years old...i was travelling through africa and had just crossed the border of zambia into zimbabwe where i knew for sure that my grandfather had been.  he was a doctor who had spent time during his internship in what used to be called rhodesia, and i was tracing his footsteps.  i was on a bus full of tourists and somebody had a mixed tape in and the song "bridge over troubled water" came on at the moment we entered the country.  

this blew me away, as it was such an important song in my granny's life.   after her husband, my grandfather died, whom i'd never met, she had met someone, who i now know as my grandfather, who lived in scotland with his 3 children and who had also just lost his wife to cancer.  my granny was living in jamaica at the time (where my grandfather set up practice) with four small children and was struggling to decide whether or not she should pick up the whole family and move to scotland to be with this man, and their song, the song that saw her through all of these hard times and decisions was bridge over troubled water.

anyway, have i lost anyone yet?  well, tonight, i was asked what kind of music i like by the mri tech., to which i replied, reggae, classical, jazz, pop, folk, anything but metal or rap.  

can you guess what the very first song was that played for me?  of course, bridge over troubled water.  it was tricky to stay still as truly i was on the verge of crying on hearing the song.  

as an added bonus to the appt. tonight, i had mentioned to the tech. how far away my next appt. for c & t spine were, but that it was really only the c spine remaining to be mri'd and he finished my head and offered to do the c spine for me too.  so i have now had all of my imaging done and can follow up with the neuro in hopes of some answers.

i just wanted to share all of this with you guys because i really feel you have all been and i suspect, we have all been, to each other, bridges over troubled water.  it fits.

hope the night finds you rested,

xo michelle
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751951 tn?1406632863
Thank you for sharing that whole story, Michelle.

I remember well that song, and the album of which it was the title track, which was one of very few that my older brother bought when we were kids.  I think we played it enough to wear holes in it.  The song meant a lot to many people; of that I am certain, but your story is especially touching.
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572651 tn?1530999357
What a wonderful story to share, Michelle.  It gives me pleasant thoughts to sleep on tonight.

be well, Lulu
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1406332 tn?1315962760
I LOVE that song!

I would have burst out in tears. I'm sure it gave you some inner calm and a great distraction to all the noise.

I'm happy you had a nice tech that went ahead and did it all for you.

I also hope that you can get some answers as well.

Thanks for sharing.
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1260255 tn?1288654564
For those who may not know this beautiful and touching song, to follow are the lyrics, which were so emotionally sung by Art Garfunkel, of Simon and Garfunkel:

When you're weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I'm on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I'll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Here is a link to Art Garfunkel singing the song in Central Park back in the 70's. Paul Simon is a gifted lyricist and Garfunkel's pure voice just adds another dimension to these tender lyrics.


Thanks Shell for sharing your story and this very inspirational song, which also has a history within my family.


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Ahh..that song brings tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my skin. I loved the story behind the song.
It says so much for all of our struggles we have gone thru and continue to go thru.
I feel like we are all siblings in this big MS family. I am lucky to have found all of you!

Thank you for sharing the story. I pray for answers for you.

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1396846 tn?1332459510
What an awesome story Michelle. I am so happy that the tech went ahead and did the c spine for you too. How happy you must have been.

When do you see your neuro again to get the results? I hope it is soon, I am looking forward to you getting some answers.

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I've just had to answer tho door to the postman with tears running down my cheeks, thank you for sharing this lovely story.

(I was doing ok till I read the lyrics......)

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1312898 tn?1314568133
That is a beautiful story to read this morning.  I love that song!

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1386048 tn?1281012333
so glad to be able to share this with everyone...and audrey, thanks so much for adding the lyrics.  i am curious to know the meaning behind the song for your family...

the lyrics really do speak so much to what this forum is all about.  

thanks everyone and mand, too funny about having to open the door with tears!!  sorry-teehee!

xo michelle
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