The verdict is in that this new MRI site does things a little differently than Siteman. I absolutely love being at this location. Besides parking being convenient it is a quiet location with not a lot of hub bub. AFter filling out paperwork I was escorted to take my belongings (purse) including my earrings to a locker. Two things that were different were that they didn't require me to take off any articles of clothing that had a zipper or metal parts to it. I did opt to take off an undergarment that had some wiring due to the fact that the last MRI with St. Johns it was pulling upwards and was uncomfortable. Another change was that a folded dry washcloth was put over my eyes. At Siteman they just wanted me to not open my eyes. Never really got a clear reason why. Anyway the MRI lady told me the washcloth was to help patients with or without claustrophobia to relax. I am not sure it helped me as I was wanting to watch the numbers on the scanner to see how much on each clicking/series of scans were left as I have done in the past. She said she would be willing to tell me how many minutes were left on some of the tests performed. The last item that was different was that my bloodwork was taken midway into my scan. They rolled me out of the tube to take blood (mind you without me seeing due to the washcloth) and also gave my contrast at that time for the remainder portion of the scan. The needle did sting more than it has in the past but I didn't mind not being able to see the needle. The sting really is my only complaint. I really was at peace in the tube and not anxiously waiting for it to be over.
Many thanks to Michelle Roloff for giving me the Watermark CD at the beginning of this trial. It helped to pass the time. I love the praise songs especially the one titled Who am I?. If you haven't heard the song try downloading it sometime soon!
Thanks for praying for peace. Continue to pray for a clear reading. I'll keep you posted on what Dr. Needles has to say on Wednesday.