You know, no matter where we go, no matter what the event, we’re always hearing yet more, often emotional, reasons why people support us. Whether it’s people from all over the world at Shetland Wool Week/Loch Ness Knit Fest, mostly local people at local craft fairs like Shetland Craft Fair 2019 – Shetland Arts & Crafts or even people regular or visiting coming to our regular MRI Maakers nights, there’s never a shortage of people with a personal connection.
Everyone either has themselves, or knows someone close who has needed to, have MRI scans. For those living elsewhere, where MRI scanners are readily accessible they can’t imagine having to travel as we do for something so vital and routinely used. For those living here, they know all too well what it’s like.
Only the other day we heard of a young girl/ lady who is of an age she should be out and about exploring what the world has to offer. Her only experience of people deprived of every day medical equipment should be on the news as she watches in sympathy a story about a country less developed than our own. Yet instead, she lives here in Shetland.
She has lots of support certainly, Shetlanders are good at that. And on ‘good’ days she might feel able to travel a couple of miles by car and see friends/family but that’s far from often. Because of ongoing treatment she is often so drained and so low she can’t even muster the energy to see what’s going on in the world on Facebook. And also because of her ongoing treatment she needs to make regular trips for MRI scans, including on the days she wouldn’t feel able to take a 2 minute car trip.
For scan trips, she must drag herself out of bed and get washed and ready, having likely spent the day before packing whether it was one of the better days or not. On days where she can’t face the world from behind a screen she must check in for the plane or ferry amongst other passengers. All before enduring the 200 mile trip on a day she doesn’t feel able to make it to the front door. And of course she has to make it back too, whether it’s one of the better days or not. Family take time off work to travel with her because she’s just not up to it on her own, at their own expense. Her scan most likely takes less than an hour. On a good day, she might feel able for that, but not the rest.
It doesn’t have to be like that, we could have a scanner here. We will have a scanner here!
That’s why so many people, from all over the world have got behind us and the many other people raising money for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal. People on the other side of the world, some with 15 scanners less than 5 miles away understand why 200 mile plane and ferry trips is too much, they struggle travelling the short distances by road themselves already. And people here know first hand.
We’ll get a scanner here someday, hopefully soon. But for the patients here today, it won’t come soon enough.
Thanks as always for everyone’s support, the volunteer knitters, and everyone who helps in any way at all. You’re all stars.