Yesterday I had one of my ever-famous brain scans, although this one was to check my pituitary and not my cerebellum***. Still ruling out diabetes insipidus although the polyuria has all but vanished (kinda). 🙂 How’s that for a change-up?
Here’s just a few things I’ve learned about MRI’s since starting this brain tumor journey almost 2 years ago and I wanted to share them with ya’ll:
- If you don’t have anything to take to relax you before going into the tube, try some NyQuil. Really. Normally I take Ativan but this go around I worried about this cough that has had me for the last 3 weeks. So, NyQuil really seemed to make sense at least on the anti-coughing front. MAN OH MAN! Let me tell you – I was feeling A-OK when Technician N was getting me all prepped to go. I knew I was #DrunkHeather** and it was awesome! I didn’t care about going into the tube! N remembered me from my other scans and he said, “Um, I seem to recall you’re claustrophobic Heather?” – and my response in the future will be, “NOT WITH MY FRIEND NYQUIL I’M NOT!” N was laughing at me when I was trying to talk – and I was having such trouble with my words. 🙂 It was swell. Anything that helps to take off my anxiety for anything brain (or pituitary, in this case) related I am ALL over it.
- Wear some cute, funky, socks. I like to keep my feet uncovered while I’m in the tube (to help ease the anxiety); since the technicians will be seeing your feet the entire time why not make sure they are looking good!
- Make sure you have your wallet with you at all times, but especially when you’re checking in at the hospital for a procedure. There’s nothing like FREAKING THE HECK OUT when you dig in your purse for your wallet AND CANNOT FIND IT! Thankfully I was able to check in without having to show anything. (NOTE: You know you go to the hospital A LOT if you can check in to a department and the women up front know you by name! That’s where my post title came into play. And finally, Mom found my wallet in my room. WHEW!)
- Try not to “What if” too much. (At least 5X during my earlier brain scans I thought, “I sure hope we don’t have an earthquake while I’m in here. What if something happens and they can’t move me out of this?”) – that’s just crazy talk. Don’t even go there. But, if you are prone to struggling thoughts during the MRI? Try the NyQuil. REALLY. I kid you not, I only had the “What if” thought once yesterday. That’s improvement folks!
** For those of you that don’t know me, I don’t drink. So, this hashtag is just a funny play on words. 🙂
*** Here’s a #braintumorthursday (Twitter) post too!