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SapphireSky

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Carrie.....but you made it through!!  Congrats!  The facility I go to allows us to bring in our own music, too, which I know can be one of the best distractions. 

And......I am really tall and that comes with its own set of discomforts during procedures (being almost too tall for the table, arms scrunched up to fit into spaces, etc.)  So, I would sometimes trade you for the short part

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Sapphire,
When do you have to go do the MRI again? When I was in thumper I swear I thought about you. I have asthma and
laying on my tummy is not a favorite position for me.
I was wondering if they could blow a fan from the top
of your head if it would help? I also pushed the sheets back
away from the place were your head goes so no air flow would be resticted. I set my mind to do this and felt sorry for myself a time or two because my sternum,ribs and arms were
hurting. It helped alot for them to tell me when I was almost done. The mri can catch so much more than the mammo and with the scar tissue we both have, it is harder for the mammo to see. Let me know when you have to go I will be sending you lots of good thoughts. Did you try taking an ativan before ?

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I will have an MRI when I go in for my 6 month in October.  I will speak to them about a fan because the lack of air really made me a little nuts when I tried to do it last time.  I have had lengthy full-body MRIs in the past and you are totally right........a lot of it is mind over matter.  I am just so thankful that you have given me hope that I can do it when I try again!!!


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I'll have my first MRI ever on Sunday morning.. yes 10:30 am.. what an ugly schedule!!!

Do they give you the medication to relax/sleep or you have to bring something with you? 

Thank you for the excellent and detailed description.  The doctor just told me that it does not hurt so I should not be concern.



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Sandy -they will ask you if you're clastraphobic - if you are they will recommend you take some meds to relax you (but if you're doing that you will need to have someone else drive you home). 

The center where I've had MRIs done also gives you ear plugs - they don't work very well though because the machine is really noisy -  they also typically tell you how long each session will be -  I call them sessions as I don't know what they are called ... but it's a series of repetitive noises that the MRI makes ...  very noisy ...  but I always listen to the patterns and feel like the machine is chanting words to me over and over - makes it go by more quickly ...  you'll know what I'm talking about when you have the MRI. 

They will also hook you up to an IV if they are doing with and without contrast. 

Sunday morning seems like a strange time for an MRI - but why not!   medical is 24x7 - just only in hospitals where I live.

Good luck! 
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thank you very much.. I really appreciate all your advise and will be thinking about each of you in this site during the MRI..
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Hi Sandy,

I actually enjoy MRI's, because they are usually accurate, and very helpful in determining where a tumor is located. 
                                                                                                                      
If your family doctor or Surgeon will allow you to take Valium before the procedure, it really does help with the anxiety.  It's already Friday, so you will need to call and ask them to phone in a prescription for you...ativan or xanax are supposed to help; but in my experience, the Valium worked great.  I've had a few MRI's without Valium or music... and the music really helps.  Some clinics don't offer the ear plugs with music, and some ask that you bring your own CD's., some have the Radio tuned into the MRI Earplugs...maybe call and ask about it.  
 
 I have fallen asleep in MRI's, which is amazing, since I rarely sleep.  lol.    I have come to regard the sounds the MRI makes as sounds from prehistoric animals, or animals like in, "Where the Wild Things Are"...every time the sound changes, it's fun to think of how these creative creatures look...Pink with purple polka dots, orange with green stripes, with gold, silver, or brass horns on their heads, blowing out music to their ears only ~ the creatures are singing songs of wellness, love and friendship, and they are there to help you get through the MRI Tunnel of Diagnosis ~ the creative creatures think it's the Tunnel of  Love....lol. 
 
The hope & encouragement to get through this Tunnel of Breast Cancer is here at No Surrender, if needed.  It helps to read about MRI's, PET Scans, Cat Scans, and Bone Scans,  all diagnostic tools which will help you to keep ten steps ahead of the Beast...and the Creative Creatures are there to help you scare the nasty Beast far, far away.  Boo!, Beast..be gone!.  Not knowing what to expect is sometimes more frightening than the diagnosis.  
 
Good Luck with your MRI on Sunday...I had one on a Sunday Evening last February...fun.  I was the last one to leave.   
 
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Just want to thank you so much to each of you who write in this forum.  I just came back from my MRI.  I didn't have Valium, music, or any other distraction and did very well.  Thanks to all the accurate information and detailed description you have done.

Once again, thank you very much.  What you do writing for this forum goes far beyond to anything you can image.  It's the biggest help anyone can have. 

The results should be in 2 days.  Hope the DCIS has not expanded and is secure to one area.





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whew ... glad you're done with the MRI ...  everything seems to be much easier when you know what to expect ... removes some of the anxiety that goes along with the tests.    Sending positive thoughts out there and I certainly hope you get good news - DCIS in that one area only ...  that's what I'll be hoping for too! 

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Good Luck tomorrow Sandy, that is when you should hear, right?
I am so glad we are able to be here for you!!


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Got the results back from the MRI.  No new findings.. just that 1.7 cm DCIS cancer on the right breast.  The same that was found with the mammogram...  I'm so relieve.. 
I asked about the lymph nodes and they said that the nurse told me that the MRI shows that they are clear.. 

Thank you, thank you to all of you for the positive thoughts.

Still, I'm going to proceed with the double mastectomy.  As a prevention.  Even thought it's a major surgery, I know that there will no surprises and no more cancer for me..


I can tell you ladies how much I thank you all your information and guidance.. it makes a difference.

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