First I had to come wearing no metal, which was no big deal other than my wedding ring finger feeling naked. Next I laid on the MRI table and ear plugs were placed into my ears. After that, ear pillows were placed on both sides of my head. Then a plastic mask/hood was placed over my face, connecting to the bed I was on. I could still see through a small window on the mask that was about 3 inches big. Above me was a glass ceiling that looked like blue sky, it was a nice touch I might add. The nurse handed me a devise to squeeze in case of emergency and then I was told to close my eyes.
A moment later I was slid into the MRI machine and then the procedure began.
As the MRI started, I was surrounded by incredibly loud noises, some sounded like noises from a star wars video game and other noises sounded like construction noises or grinding machines. The noises were varied and inconsistent, sometimes moments of silence would occur just before more banging or grinding noises. The first half was 40 minutes long and the biggest challenges was trying to stay perfectly still. Thankfully I only had one body jerk and an itchy nose that was dying to be scratched. After the first 40 minutes were over, the nurse slid me out and injected a dye into my bloodstream for more imaging. Then back into the machine I went for another 15 minutes or so.
After it was over I left feeling like I had attended a loud concert. It was a fairly easy procedure, but if your child has sensory issues it may be too much noise and it may be too difficult to stay still for so long. This was the case with my oldest when he had his MRI in 2010. Read this old blog post to see how we handled that:
Now comes the waiting... I expect to get good news on Thursday when I see my Neurologist, but I admit it’s a little creepy thinking they might find something. It’s hard not to think of loved ones I’ve lost who also had MRIs and soon after began the fight of their life. But overall, I have a good feeling that everything is going to be just fine. I’m not going to worry about it.