After one unsuccessful attempt, the second MRI was a success.
Well, I guess I should clarify. It was a success in that claustrophobia didn’t get the better of me and this time, I avoided a panic attack.
My second appointment was in the evening, last Thursday, 7:30PM, and after I changed into top, robe and pants, the tech took me into the imaging room. This MRI was also an open MRI, but instead of a chair, I was to lie on a table.
The first thing I noticed was the noise of the machine. It was a repetitive thumping – I commented about the noise to the tech and he said it would get worse. He offered earplugs, I accepted.
I asked how long it would take and he said 20-25 minutes. Much better than an hour! But still too long for my liking.
This isn’t the location I went to, but this is what the procedure looked like:
BREATHE. BREATHE. BREATHE.
No parts moved in on me, and it was open on the sides – so better than the last attempt, but I had to close my eyes.
Here’s a little bit of technical info. The MRI creates a strong magnetic field around you, with radio waves directed at your body. You have to remain very still because any movement can blur the resulting images. The procedure is painless, but it is very noisy.
During the scan, the noises ranged from tapping, thumping to a shrill sound. If you ever do need an MRI, I highly recommend earplugs.
Before each scan started, the tech would talk to me from the other room telling me how long each would last, e.g., 20 seconds, three minutes, etc.
I could barely hear him though, between the machine noises and the earplugs, external sounds were pretty muffled.
I was pretty damn happy to hear the tech say “this is the last image.”
After it was done, the tech came in the room and slid me out from under the machine and removed the helmet. He told me the images would be sent to the doctor within 24 to 48 hours.
When I sat up, I did feel a little strange, my whole body felt like it was lightly vibrating and I felt very, very tired. I drove with the window open on the way home, helped keep me alert. But other than that, there were no other effects.
So now that this part of the head bonk is done, what’s next? A follow up with the original doctor; that’ll be in two days. My guess is she’ll tell me the results, but I don’t think she’ll recommend time off, after all, I’ve been working this whole time, but if she recommended it and the company would paid for it (extremely unlikely), I’d be more than happy to take it.
More to come.