September 3rd, 2011


I went to have an MRI.

Though the ultrasound came back clear, the oncologist has ordered an MRI to make sure the cause of swelling, pain, and a new lump was nothing serious.

Laying down on a patient table and going through a hole like a tunnel is just the same process of CT or PET scan, however, while CT and PET’s procedures are only for 5-10 minutes, for MRI, I had to stay in the tunnel from the head to toes being fastened by belts and some heavy stuff on my chest for about 45 minutes.

When my head went into the tunnel, the wall of the inside was right in front of my nose, and I felt it was so tight and narrow.

Although I was given a buzzer for emergency and ear-plugs for loud alarming noises, as I heard a technician’s voice among the noise saying, “ Be still.  Don’t move,” I got more nervous: I felt like even breathing was not allowed and I were going to be suffocated.

I should be relaxed thinking of something else—- So I called Jesus first and then thought about floating in a tropical ocean, a warm sun, ice cream sundays,  dolphins , etc——- Gradually I got sleepy and  the exam was over.

I am glad that I was not claustrophobic.

If I had a stuffy nose, I don’t think having a MRI, which requires to lay down so still for a long time, is a good idea – and the bigger you are, the more frightening this procedure might be.

Anyway, I am eager to hear the result, which will come in a week.