From: Michele (
Mon Jun 14 23:46:58 1999

Christine: Oh dear. I'm so sorry that was a bad experience. You know I wanted to tell you some of the information about the sounds, so it was not a surprise to you, but it seems as if the experience was rotten. If you have to go through an MRI again, see if they can get you to an Open MRI. Even though you are not clostrophobic, it might help. I've been waiting for your post and completely understand your need to just get the heck out of there.

With me, I just tune out. Getting up was hard for me too. I felt dizzy for a moment. Wished they'd give you more time to "get with it" before walking. Glad you had someone to drive...

Hope you post or e-mail tomorrow.

--Michele At Mon, 14 Jun 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote: >
>Hi Everyone:
>Well, the MRI over and it was as awful as I was prepared for! The
>confinement wasn't too bad, I kept my eyes closed for the most part,
>taking a peek now and then. Lying on the table wasn't too bad either-it
>was softer than an xray table
>and she put foam wedges under my knees and elbows. She gave me
>earphones. The only problem was that I couldn't hear the tapes!
>The noise was tremendous. First the jack hammer, then the machine gun.
>It was done in 5 and 10 minute increments, which was better than the 30
>minutes straight. When I got out I could hardly walk. I'm still weak
>and shaky, don't know if that was from the valium or the stress. Next
>time I think I would take the 10mg valium. I had a real hard time
>controlling my breathing. The noise was so scary! I'm going to take my
>other valium right now and go to bed.
>She didn't offer to tell me anything other than "You're all set now!"
>but to tell you the truth, I felt so awful all I wanted to do was get
>out of there fast.
>Talk to you later,
>Chrsi S.

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