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Apr 17, 2018 12:45PM
Apr 17, 2018 12:53PM
Thank you, it did turn out to be a form letter and I was on my stomach. Compared to my shoulders mri, this mri machine was enormous-plenty of room with no constriction of body.
Getting on that oddly shaped table was a bit like climbing on a bicycle and doing pushups.
If you remember the old boxing movies from the 40's 50's, my face (forehead-cheekbones-chin) was encased in a boxing mask of cushioned pads, which did flex my head/neck slightly backwards. My feet dangled off the end of the table (I think!)
Interestingly, I believe due to the length of my breasts hanging down, they kept raising ME higher and higher, with custom-shaped cushions (pink lol), the same shape as the hard plastic bridge people have describe as non-padded, that their sternum painfully rested on. They also had my stomach on cushions which created an odd sensation that my pulse was pounding in my stomach. After a while, they came in and repositioned the stomach cushions because they could not get good images. So after repositioning they started all over.
At the very end was when they flowed the contrast thru my IV-honestly could not tell anything different. Very tiny IV, tiny tube, no pain or temp sensation.
When it was over the more experienced tech apologized and said something about the drs having difficulty getting what they needed due to fat and they did the best they could. I didn't ask her if she was calling me fat, but of the many sounds that machine made, one sound was a repetitious Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha :-) I will find my report most interesting/possibly disappointing.
I checked in at 430pm and left at 655pm. I loved the evening time-they were the night shift coming in fresh, free from the stressful daytime hustle and bustle.
I should add that I never spoke the entire length of the imaging, other than to answer a direct question, nor did I move even a fraction of an inch, other than inhale/exhale/swallow (I did wonder if dental suction could prevent even the swallowing lol.)
I was quite stiff when it was over and getting off that table was something like a gymnastic dismount! A Hoyer lift would have been great.
(Oh-ladies-bring a pair of elastic waist stretchy shorts like those Danskin grey cotton ones from Walmart-just make sure there are no metal gromets snaps string ends on them. Mine were light-weight ankle length-perfect for that table and for warmth. They put you in an upper gown with a lower sheet to wrap around you. I am not bashful but appreciated skipping the sheet-too much hassle-and I removed the upper gown before we began and just had the girls throw it over the top of me-less restricting for the arms stretched over the head.)