i had an mri a couple of weeks ago and was strapped in and practically glued into place before they tunneled me in. anyone who knows me even a wee bit would know i am exceedingly clausterphobic. not just a little, but panic-attack, burst-into-tears-and-made-the-tech-cry-too panicky at the last one (i generate empathy whereever i go...) this time, however, this closed one was "sprung" on me and i didn't have much time to prepare, so i simply prayed and when i was pulled out the first time for suspected hyperventilation (excuse me? i thought 42 breaths per minute was normal??), it was suggested that i watch oprah -- they had these mri-proofed television goggles for patients such as me and they offered for me to use them for my session.
huh? i am not so much an oprah fan, but watching her instead of entertaining thoughts of suicide was a delightful option and can i tell you? the 45 minutes flew by and i was out in a jiff.
please be sure to ask the next time you are scheduled for this lovely exam and it may get you through that tunnel without the need for extra
not that i am rushing back for another one any time soon, mind you...