Tuesday, May 16, 2017

GOING FOR AN MRI

I am still experiencing episodes of dizziness so my doctor suggested I get an MRI of my brain to see if anything showed up.  We don't expect to find anything, but she is a very cautious doctor.  First she sent me to get my esophagus checked, then my heart.  Now this is the next step.

I have had MRIs before.  I had two on my lower back, one on my knees and one on my breast.  I am not a fan of going into a tube where I feel as if I am being buried alive.  At one point when I was having my back done, I told the tech to take me out NOW! and I had to go to an open one where I could look out the side and see a way of escape.

Needless to say I was not looking forward to this test.  My doctor gave me a very mild sedative to take, but it turned out that I had to drive myself so I couldn't take it.  That made me even more nervous.

But I didn't have anything to worry about.  The receptionist and tech were so nice and kind to me.  They put me at ease.  And when I saw the machine, I was fine.  I have not had an MRI for about 15 years and things have definitely changed for the better.  Instead of being put in a coffin like tube, this looked more like a CT scan machine, a fat doughnut.  It was called an "open door" MRI.  And the tech was no longer in another room, she was at a desk in the same room just behind a pane of glass and was able to talk to me and I to her in between the scans.

Image result for open door MRI 

Although this picture shows someone getting their leg done, it gives you an idea of how much shorter the tube is and how much wider the hole.  Before the machine was almost touching me.  

I found I wasn't nervous at all.  The tech told me it was 20 minutes, but it didn't seem that long.  I was counting when she would say, "This test is 4 1/2 minutes." or "Now this is 50 seconds."  I counted 15 minutes so I guess I was off.

Now it's just the waiting for the results.  I am to call the doctor on Friday to see what is going on.

Sometimes I just get myself all upset over nothing.  I need to trust God more to get me through things.

On the way home I stopped into Royal Farms and got chicken for lunch.  I figured after going through that I would treat myself.  Oh that chicken is so good!

MAY @ 8 P.M.
Here it is the middle of May and I haven't showed you any pictures.  I have not been very good about getting them, but I do have some to show you.

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As you can tell, a lot of May has been overcast and rainy.  But this week we are having beautiful weather with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.  Ah....!

Have a nice evening everyone.

Kathy
 

20 comments:

  1. I'm glad you got that done. I'll be praying for good results my friend. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I'm glad it's over.

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  2. Praying with your for an absolute nothing burger. I did appreciate the discussion, though because I probably should have an MRI, too.

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    1. It is so different than it was in the past. Thank you for your prayers.

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  3. Prayers lifted for good results from those tests! Please keep us posted!!

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    1. Thank you, Terri. I definitely will.

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  4. I agree with feeling 'buried' in those tubes. Things have come a long way! Glad you had it done & am praying for good results.Enjoy the weather!

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  5. Kathy, Wishing you good reports. I hate going thru tests also. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thank you, Susie. Tests are a pain.

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  6. I had an MRI of my back probably 20 years ago. I kept my eyes shut until they were ready to take me out. I'm glad I did....that thing was was you said. Almost touching my face. Glad they are better now. Praying you will find some answers that are quick to fix.

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    1. I know, Doris, they were awful in the past. My pastor just had an MRI and it wasn't pleasant for him. I think I was OK because the tube opening was wider.

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  7. Love the Snoopy saying at the end of your post! I am praying that you get good reports and maybe it is just stress (with Joe's health issues, too) that is causing some of your problems. Let's hope that is what it is and then you can tackle that head-on. Love to you- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I hope it's not something bad.

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  8. I had a MRI done some years ago. It was an enclosed one. I had to sing to myself and close my eyes to help not freak out! I'd like the newer ones if I ever have another one done. We had alot of clouds in May as well. It's warm today and when I came home it was cloudy and 70 degrees. No rain which is a good thing. Our temps are supposed to be warm the next few days which will be nice again! Hope all goes well for you this weekend! Hugs!

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    1. Becky, you sing and I count. I count the minutes to figure out how long I am in there. Everyone has their own way of coping.

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  9. I see that you posted this four days ago and now I am only reading this on Saturday. I will be waiting to hear what they found out. Maybe it is just an inner ear problem. Hope you find answers soon.

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    1. I hope it does turn out to be an inner ear problem. We will see.

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  10. I can understand your fears, even though Inhave never had this type of test. Hoping that your problems will not be caused by anythung serious, Kathy.

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice. And thanks for your recent email. It was nice talking to you.

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