Okay, what’s your definition of “fast paced”? I guess it’s relative, but an MRI lasting around 5 minutes is considered “fast paced.” In Rhema’s book of definitions, and Momma’s book, that is not how I define “fast paced.” Let me explain….Rhema has still been exhibiting issues with pain in her head so while we were in B’ham her Neuro decided to do this new “fast paced” MRI to get a quick look at Rhema’s cranial ventricles and shunt. The up side to this kind of procedure is it does not use radiation like the typical CT scan so it will dramatically cut down on the amount of radiation a child is exposed to. Praise the Lord for that!!! However, the scan is anywhere from 4-5 minutes, which feels like an eternity, for the parent and the child.
Rhema was swaddled, strapped down to a small bed, and then mechanically inserted into this large, round MRI machine that was tunnel-like but very short in length. She began crying and screaming “OUT!!! UP!!!!” and then began perfecting her “Houdini” escaping skills. The technician had to trigger the bed to withdraw from the tunnel 4 times because our strong, little Houdini escaped her bonds. Then the technician said that she would give Rhema a sticker if she would lay still then Rhema’s cry became, “OUT!!! UP!!! STIIIICKER!!!!” It was pitiful! I asked the tec. how long did she have to lay still and they remarked this was a “faced paced” MRI, so around 5 minutes. LOL! That is “fast” maybe in adult world, but to a 2.5 year old terrified little girl, that is FOREVER! I think they only got around 3 minutes in the end, but they said they think they got enough for a clear image for the Neuro. The funny thing was when Rhema was finally released from the straps and the tec. handed her some stickers, Rhema just threw them down! It was so hilarious to me, as it seemed like she was thinking, “I went through all THAT and you only give me stickers!” The tec. just laughed, took it all in stride and picked them up and said that maybe later when she calmed down she would enjoy them. All in all the tecs. were great and yes, we are thankful that this kind of procedure is available rather than further exposing her to radiation, but DANG, that was difficult to see her put through that kind of trauma! The BEST news is that her ventricles looked great, Praise the Lord! So, the Neuro’s best theory is that maybe the pulling at her head that we have observed maybe caused by her having headaches or just being upset. We will continue to keep an eye on things, but we feel relieved that all is well with her CSF fluid levels and there is nothing major happening.