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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Testing Day! (MRI)




Today I had an MRI to check for MS and mini-strokes. I'm not claustrophobic so that worked in my favour. I was actually pretty chilled out and just listened to a great CD I had brought them to pipe in through the earphones they gave me.

You had to lie perfectly still the whole time. There were weird noises and it was quite loud at times, resembling a jackhammer. They'd stop after each set of shots (about every 3 minutes) to ask how I was and tell me what they were doing next.

Okay..this next thing threw me. They took me out of the tube part of the machine and said they were going to inject my vein with a contrast, which is a dye because the radiologist needed more information. Yikes! Maybe he'd seen something weird? A tumour? My imagination wandered. They finally found a vein and did two shots, saline first to make sure they got the vein, and then the dye. They did 2 more minutes of pictures and then let me go.

The whole thing took 1/2 hour and wasn't too bad, but I was glad to see my husband in the waiting room afterwards. The doctor won't have results for a week and who knows when I'll actually hear what they are. I know there's nothing I can do about anything so I just have to wait. That's the hard part. I'm in no man's land. I may wish I were back here in the suspended time capsule of ignorance if it's something bad. I'll just lull here awhile until I have to deal with whatever cards I've been dealt.

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25 Comments:

Blogger twilite said...

Hi MOI! We want to know yet afraid of the truth. Understand the apprehension. So wonderful that your hubby was waiting for you after the MRI. Please don't think about the results...enjoy life as best as you can for the moment. Worrying does not add but robs one of joy and living. Live the moment.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

 
Blogger meno said...

I've seen MRI machines before and i'm not sure i could go in there without some medication.

I'll be waiting to hear....

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

 
Blogger GrizzBabe said...

I'm a bit claustrophobic. I didn't figured this out until I was forced to wear a cast on my foot for 6 weeks. I experienced panic attacks and had to restrain myself from getting a chisel and hammer and taking that damn thing off myself!

Sending lots of prayers and happy thoughts your way!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

 
Anonymous chase said...

Well I know that things will just be fine. Let's just stay positive. I also felt the same thing when I was waiting for a certain medical result before.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger Diana said...

Gads! A week??? That's quite a long time for your doc to get the results. In a week, I'd start being a nice gnat and calling the office daily to see if the results were back, yet. The squeaky wheel getting the grease and all.

The IV contrast is often used when looking for tiny things with aberrant blood vessels. I'd not fret over that. Given your symptoms, I'd think it was ordered as part of the scan rather than as a result of something that was seen.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Twilite:You are absolutely right and I shall try to just live in the presesnt and not let it consume or define me. Thanks!

Meno: They said about 1/20 need meds for this test. They put something over your eyes and you just zone out to your own CD that you bring.

Grizz: Thanks so much! Maybe a cast is a bit more confining...this only lasts 20 minutes and they give you short little breaks in between sets of pics.

Chase: Ah, then you know the feeling well. Yours turned out okay? Hope so.

Diana: I am so glad I have you to comment with all your knowledge. I kept thinking that maybe the radiologist was right there (he may have been?)and deciding it was unclear or saw something he needed to check out further. Well, best to be thorough I suppose. I felt crummy last night...a bit drowsey and dizzy. Some people have said they felt this after the dye.

My results go the the Dr. who saw me at the Stroke Centre and she'll probably wait for the Pulmonary-respiratory test which I have July 13th, before I even get an appointment to discuss everything. That could be awhile! Maybe that's a good sign or maybe she'll phone me if it's more urgent based on the MRI and not wait for the other test for asthma..which I know I don't have! I told her my breathing was a tad laboured when I went on the full dose of metoprolol which is one of the side effects for me.

Thanks, Diana!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger red dirt girl said...

keeping my fingers crossed for you, girlfriend .....and believing in the very best possible outcome !!

xxx

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger GEWELS said...

I know how difficult the waiting is. Excruciating, really!!

Try not to worry to much, finding out what is wrong is preferable to always feeling bad. At least you can work to find the answers once you know the question.

You're in my prayers.

And give hubby a big hug (for me-lol!)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

RDG: Thanks, babe! I need that to be sure!

Gewells: Yes, it's easy to let your mind work overtime. Yes, I know I have to find our eventually so I can get the low-down on what I can do or at least expect.

Thanks! I just hugged him!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Anonymous colleen said...

They found something like UBO in my sister's brain. Unidentified bright objects. What the heck?

Hope it all turns out okay.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger gr said...

Goodness, a special prayer for you.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Anonymous thess said...

I'll be praying for you...stay positive.

God Bless.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Anonymous RennyBA said...

Well, at least the tests are done and went of fine after all - that's one step!

Then think positive - no news are good news and ofter we worry to much (at least a lot of it doesn't come true so it is a bit of vast energy.

But: I cross my fingers and toes - and everything else i have - for you!

And if you are hungry, your welcome over for some Spare Ribs:-)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger Stephen Newton said...

Dearest Mother, I came here to thank you for your words on my blog, but when I read your post, what I wanted to write seems out of date. I send energy to you and a cyber hug. I know that all will be well.

Keep us posted.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Colleen: Thanks, me too! UBO's might be good in that they sound like a high IQ!

Gr: Thanks Pottery Man!

Thess: Thanks a lot. How did you come by my blog?

Renny: Thanks so much for all your positive healing thoughts and those ribs sound soooo good now!

Stephen: Thanks a lot...I sure hope you are right. I'll keep you posted. Cyber hugs can be great!!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

 
Blogger TorAa said...

I understand your feelings. The test is done. In the meantime, before you receive the results, it's easy to ponder .... positive - negative - positive - negative - optimistic - pessimistic - what if?

Love your husband,kitten and garden and friends and family - you give them and us bloggers so much.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 
Anonymous thess said...

Hi again, sorry for not saying how i got here (via Renny) ..but by now you know ;)

thank you for returning the visit..and I wish you a pleasant day!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 
Blogger Bob said...

I've got my fingers crossed for you and am thinking positive-outcome-thoughts for ya!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 
Blogger Richard said...

Using a contrast agent is very typical. When I had a CT scan about 1-1/2 years ago, they warned me that the contrast agent would make feel as though I had peed - and they were right. It was a very strange warming sensation throughout the body. Did your contrast medium have a similar effect?

Hmmm ... I am surprised they allowed you to have headphones. Normally, they request all metal object be removed because of the strong magnetic field.

Lets hope everything turns out fine.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Toraa: Thanks for your encouraging comments. It's the waiting that's hard but I'm trying to keep busy with friends,, kittens and husbands!! LOL!

Thess: Thanks! Neat how we all connect.

Bob: Thanks for those fingers and thoughts!

Richard: This MRI contrast agent didn't have that effect but I had a CT scan of liver, kidneys etc. a year ago and it just felt like a hot flash...not that you'd know what that's like! No feeling of having peed!

The headphones must have been plastic. I had to take out earrings and my watch, but my silver medic-alert bracelet I kept on so it doesn't make sense does it?

Yes, I'm hoping that it's not too bad, but I'm bracing myself because of my track record!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 
Blogger Rapunzel said...

(((Mother of Invention))), big hugs and positive energy sent to you, my friend. I had an MRI years ago and that was when I discovered just how claustrophobic I am. *shudder* My daughter had one a few months ago and she did fine, even w/the contrast dye she was perfectly calm.

I have good feelings about this, all will be well. Keep us posted, ok?

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 
Blogger steve said...

I can't wait to see 'em...you'll post em right?
You did have on a gown for all that so it shouldn't be a problem...
Do you remember the 3 Stooges bit where Curly swallows a Goldfish so they put him in front of an X-ray and they have a hook on a string and they try to catch the Goldfish?
It was great!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Rapunzel: I so hope you are right and thanks for all the positive healing energy.

Steve: You're a nutbar! Yeah right! No gown..just regular clothes with a hairnet on!

Of course I remember The Three Stooges episode! They were my favourite...I gotta get their DVD's! Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!! Woo, woo, woo ...! (said tearing around a corner!) Are you a man or a mouse? Squeak, squeak! Why, you....!

Need I go on?

Thursday, July 05, 2007

 
Blogger Barbara said...

Waiting for results from medical tests is so hard. You have to keep preparing yourself for the multiple possibilities they could contain. I'm hoping for the best for you!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Barbara: Yep, you know the drill too. Thanks. I feel like Scarlett.."I'll worry about it tomorrow!" I know I'll face it when I have to and I'll deal with it.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

 

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