On Tuesday me and Dizzy pottered off for our little MRI. 🙂 I do get in abit of a panic about them, and this year Dizzy decided to find ways to help. 🙂
Dizzy’s Tips to help keep calm for an MRI:
- Do calming activities before you go. This can really help to settle your mind down and help you to not feel too worked up before you even get there. Our favourite is to do some gentle yoga.
Here’s Dizzy and Mollie doing some donkey side twists before the scan. 🙂
2. Wear comfy clothing that doesn’t contain metal. This means you don’t have to get changed when you get there, or end up having to wear the flattering hospital clothes. 🙂 I also find it more relaxing being in my own clothes during the scan.
3. Practice simple breathing exercises that you can do while having your scan. These are good to do any time, and help to calm you down by bringing your attention to your breath.
4. Take calming remedies. Me and Dizzy have been taking CBD oil and rescue remedy to help us. (Thank you Ami at Honeysuckle Healing for giving us lots of advice and reminding us about rescue remedy. 🙂 ) You can also pop to the doctors who can prescribe something abit stronger to help.
Dizzy really liked the taste of the rescue remedy…
5. Ask to have the radio on. This one isn’t for everyone but having something to listen to can help to distract you from the scan. Some places even let you take your own CD to play!
6. Ask the person to tell you how the scan in going. This is one I find really helpful. I asked the lady to tell me how far along we were and how many images were left. Otherwise it can just feel never ending when you’re in there! It also helps being able to hear another person.
7. Take a Dizzy! Of course this has to be the most important one. 🙂 I’m not saying I was looking the most cool or grown up for my scan this time, but having Dizzy with me did help.
Even though Dizzy didn’t look that impressed about being stuck in the MRI scanner all that time…
Overall, it was a much better experience. 🙂 It was an hour and a half long, and there was only one panic from me when they couldn’t get the dye in. The rest of the time though, I actually felt quite relaxed. 🙂
What do you do to help keep yourself relaxed during a MRI scan, or any medical tests? We’d love to know so we can add them to our list for future reference. 🙂 xxx