22nd June 01:41
MRI gone bad
Damn, girl!! And here I just sent you an email, asking how it all went?
Serves me right for not reading the ng before answering my emails.
In my email, I mentioned how I'm taking my Josh Groban CD with me
to my MRI and CR scans in the next week. Maybe bring your favorite
tunes so they can be playing in the "gun barrel" with you. Make sure
the tech turns the volume up as loud as it goes, because my last open
MRI last year, I could barely hear Linda Ronstadt.
Rosie's eyeshade idea is a great one! No one's ever offered me an
eyeshade for an MRI, but with my migraines, I have some really
serious eyeshades!! Mine will now go, along with Josh in my bag.
And a serious dose of Flexeril beforehand.
Do what ya' gotta do to get through it. I've had to remind myself
when I was tempted to bail last year on a thoracic MRI, that if I bail
now, they'll just make me do it again. They will win and I will lose.
So gather up your gumption, and demand that they make sure you
are wedged and comfortable *before* they roll you in. Make them
take the time to get YOU to where YOU can be still and finish the test.
I'd hate to see you have to try for three!
Also, for anyone who might not know this, this kind of discomfort
is only worth it, if the MRI is being done in a CLOSED machine.
The newer OPEN machines - the more "patient-friendly" ones that
get advertised so often - produce less detailed fuzzy data and films,
and you don't want a diagnosis of your critical small spaces and
tiny things like nerves being read from a less-than-optimal scan.
Demand a closed MRI whenever one is ordered by your doc. I have
to repeat next week the same thing Nada is going through -the same
lumbar MRI that I just had a year ago in an OPEN machine, because
three new specialists I'm going to see refuse to read an OPEN MRI film.
You get some sleep, Nada, and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, okay?