Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MY MRI EXPERIENCE

So, today is Wednesday, and this has been an unusual week. For some reason all of my appointments made a year ago are this week. Monday was the eye exam. Yes, I still have two eyes, thank heavens. Wednesday is the heart doctor. I certainly hope I still have a heart. Tuesday was the biggie though, the MRI. Have you ever had an MRI? This was my first. I'd heard such horrid tales I wasn't sure what to expect. But I didn't want to take any relaxer or medication, like I'd heard they'd give you if you wanted it, and drive home under the influence. I'd probably get arrested and end up in jail. So I decided to be brave and face the music, sober.

This is what I saw, or something similar, after the nurse or technician explained things to me. I don't recall details of exactly what the thing looked like. Well, I had to remove my glasses, so everything was sort of a blur. But this is an example of an MRI machine.

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Anyhow, I followed instructions like a good girl, said a long prayer to God, snuggled in with the earphones that evidently didn't work because I sure heard a lot of noise, like someone was drilling up a cement highway and other sounds I couldn't identify. In between the blasts from the machine, I listened to country religious music. The Old Rugged Cross, among others. Now that was neat, if the darned MRI machine hadn't drowned out most of the songs.

I tried to measure time, too. The tech had said it would take 20 to 25 minutes. I was pretty close when everything went quiet, and she pulled me out of the monster, my neck scanned.

So, my  lesson is don't worry about what might happen. Relax, listen to good music, and pray a lot.

Have you met the MRI machine, or others that weren't nearly as scary as you thought?

Happy Reading.

35 comments:

  1. I've never had one. I would need something to keep me occupied though as I'm a little claustrophobic when it comes to being pinned on my back in tight places.

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    1. It wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, L. Diane. I'm claustrophobic too, but kept my eyes closed, listened to the music, and counted in my mind the minutes. I never saw the inside of the machine. I have a submarine story I'll tell one day.

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  2. I've not had one and imagine it would be very confining:( I hope all your tests come out positively. Good luck today with the cardiac check up.

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    1. I was surprised at how calm I felt, Karin. I didn't open my eyes so I didn't see how confining the thing was. Thanks. I'm feeling positive about it.

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  3. They give you music? I might survive it then.
    I hope it was just a random MRI.

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    1. Yes, the music was nice, Alex. You'd survive just fine. I've been having back problems. X Rays showed something the doctor wanted to check more. We'll see.

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  4. I well remember having an MRI many years ago.
    I hated going through that machine.
    Hope all your test have good results.
    Yvonne./

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    1. I was surprised how calm I stayed, Yvonne. Prayers helped, along with the music. Thanks. I'm feeling positive about them.

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  5. Hopefully all tests come back great. Never had to go in one, almost did but they screwed something up and never had to after that.

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    1. Thanks, Pat. It wasn't nearly as bad as I expected.

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  6. "Relax, listen to good music, and pray a lot." That. Right there. That is a perfect way to handle a lot of problems. Hope everything is okay, my friend.

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    1. The prayers did it, Darby. God was with me the whole time. I think it is.

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  7. My first MRI was with earbuds, music and a fan blowing on me. I was fiiiinnnneeee. My second didn't have any of those and it was far more stressful, since it sounds like a 747 is going to land on you at any minute! Now, anytime I hear that distinctive clunking noise an MRI machine makes, I'm in a state of instant anxiety. Praying for good results for you and sorry if you are in pain.

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    1. Your first one was much like mine, Kai. I can relate to the noise, but was so relaxed and listening to the music it didn't bother me. Thanks. I don't think it's really serious. I feel fine most of the time. Just every now and then.

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  8. I've never had one. Doctors have told me I'm a patient person. I'll just let myself daydream or think about things to do.

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    1. I hope you don't ever need one, Medeia, but if you do, you have the right attitude. I decided it wasn't going to bother me. Prayed, asked for music, and closed my eyes. The noises didn't bother me a lot. I relaxed and it soon was over.

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  9. Never needed an MRI, thankfully. I'm claustrophobic and doubt I'd do well in there.

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    1. I hope you never need one, Kelly. I'm claustrophobic too, but with my eyes closed I never thought about being in a tiny place, just relaxed and listened to the music.

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  10. I had one once :) it was hard for me to hold still that long LOL

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    1. And you're here to tell about it, Optimistic. I found it wasn't nearly as bad as a lot of people told me. Mine only lasted 20 minutes, but a longer time period would be hard to keep still. I closed my eyes and listened to the music.

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  11. I didn't know it takes 20-25 minutes. That's quite a long time. Can one close her eyes and take a mini nap, I wonder?

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    1. Oh, and I hope your results all come back indicating good health, Beverly!

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    2. I closed my eyes, Claudine. Didn't want to see the machine, so I relaxed, didn't go to sleep, but counted off the minutes, and listened to the music. The tech gave me a thing to squeeze if I needed to call her to stop the machine. I didn't.
      Thanks for the good wishes. Now I wait. :)

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  12. I had an MRI of my spine done many years ago and hated the MRI machine. There was no music. Just earplugs and the loud clanks and bangs of the machine. Mine lasted for a long time. I'm inclined to say an hour. I asked to take a short break. When I was done, I was a bit wobbly. When I tried to throw away the ear plugs, I missed the trash can by a foot. lol

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    1. Sorry you had such a bad experience, Chrys. Perhaps they've improved some these days. I heard the noisy machine and in the background the music. I kept my eyes closed the whole time, not wanting to see a thing. They gave me a thing to hold in my hand if I wanted to contact the nurse. Hope you don't have to go through that again.

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  13. I'm claustrophobic, so I'm terrified of having to have one of those! I know it'll happen someday. My mother-in-law had to have a sedative and have her eyes covered.

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    1. I am too, Stephanie. Elevators and closets petrify me. The doctor will give you something, but the tech can not, is what they told me. I kept my eyes closed and counted the minutes. :)

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  14. I am glad you were able to make the best of the MRI experience. I haven't had one, but I know many people who have had them. Hope all your appointments go well! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. I just tried to relax and listen to the music. Eyes closed. Thinking it would be over soon, counting the minutes.

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  15. I haven't had an MRI, but I've had several CAT scans and that machine looks just like an MRI one. I've heard some find it scary, but weird me was the opposite. I had two herniated disks. I couldn't bend or walk. It was so bad that my husband had to call an ambulance to stretcher me out of the house. I was hyper-ventilating and in the worst pain of my life. When they put me in the CAT scan machine, I was very relieved to be flat on my back on a hard surface. I finally stopped panting, my adrenaline lessened, and during the 30 minute scan, the drone of the machine put me to sleep. The technicians told me that I was the only patient who ever fell asleep in the machine! LOL! I hope the doctors only have good news for you. :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, Lexa. Glad you finally could relax and even sleep. I think maybe we've been told such horror stories about these machines that we are fearful of them, and for some people they may be traumatic. Of course you could sleep. You are awesome and do the unexpected. That's why you're a great writer. :)

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  16. I've had an MRI 2 times. Hated them both. The 1st time I almost hyperventilated, not knowing what to expect, but expecting the worst. I hate them. Glad you survived.

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    1. I can relate and tried to think positive. The music helped, and keeping my eyes closed. :) Hope you don't need any more.

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  17. I hope your MRI results are good news, Beverly. I had a meeting with the MRI monster a few months ago. They had to do my hands, and I had to lie on my stomach the entire time. A few people told me some scary stories too, but once I got in the machine, I tried to make myself fall asleep. I fell asleep on and off, but the time flew by. I didn't think it was too bad. Wishing you the best.

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    1. Thanks, Murees. I just kept my eyes closed and listened to the music. No problems. I think the results won't be anything serious. I have arthritis. Maybe some exercises will help. Appreciate your kind words.

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