“Just so you know, you’re going to be in there for a while….” said Jami the nurse, just as I was about to enter the MRI machine this past Thursday..”and in case you need something, just push this button.”
This was the first time I’d had an MRI, and a little part of me was looking forward to it, just for the experience.
On the little questionnaire, before the procedure, they ask if you’re claustrophobic. I checked “no”, because as far as I knew, I wasn’t…..
About two minutes in, my mind started racing. I seriously thought about pushing the button.
Took me totally by surprise.
In the end, I was able to sit still for the entire time (30 minutes) but it took me most of the day to shake it off.
After the procedure, Jami the nurse escorted me back to the lobby. She seemed much more subdued than when she took me back initially. I knew she would not be able to give me the results herself, but I wondered if she had seen something? I would have to wait until my Doctor’s office called….
I talked with a co-worker of mine later on Thursday, who said he’d had an MRI. His lasted an hour. (I can’t imagine) He laughed when I told him I was seriously thinking about pushing the “help” button- he said he did have to push it. They had to stop the procedure, let him get out for a few minutes, and regroup mentally.
Daughter number 3 works in a pharmacy. I was telling her about my experience…being surprised by my reaction. She too has had an MRI, and told me, 90% of the people she knows who have one, take something to relax before going in.
Next time, I am asking for the highest dosage of Valium they will give me. 🙂
Got a phone call from my urologist’s office later in the day with the test results.
“Everything looks fine!”
On a completely unrelated note, I submitted the final edit for my new book Thursday night. The file is uploaded, and a proof copy has been ordered. Should have it sometime next week and be in the distribution channels shortly thereafter. (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.)
The graphic designer who helped me create the cover of the book, also helped me with the interior layout. He didn’t want to commit to that initially, because it had been a while since using that software. I am so excited he had a change of heart.
I would have been OK with my initial version of the book, but with his help, the end product is 1000% better.
I have a lot to be thankful for this week. DM