Tuesday, March 4, 2008

MRCP (MRI) Update

Today I had an MRCP (Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography). My surgeon wanted to have this done first before they put me under again with a scope. He wanted to make sure whether or not something was still in me somewhere. I'm praying not because I really really don't want another IV. I HATE needles.

I am not claustrophobic and didn't think I would have a problem with being shoved into a tube not much bigger than my body. I kept telling myself it was like lying in a tanning bed (which I did when I was in college without any problems) and just to relax.

Well, the technician kept asking me if I was okay and if I had any questions and so forth (all before shoving me in the tube). This caused a little concern on my part. They told me I would be in the tube for about 30 minutes (not too long, huh?) and if there was ever a time when I needed to come out just to squeeze this bulb thing they put in my hand.

They asked me what kind of music I liked and put ear phones on me. I guess to calm my nerves (it worked). They hooked all this equipment up to me and put a sheet on me (they told me it was cold in the tube) and then put a washcloth over my eyes. I didn't care for that too much. He told me that was to keep the light out of my eyes.

After all this, they shoved me into the tube. With my eyes closed I thought I was going to panic. The music is not yet playing, so I started praying that God would calm my nerves and let me get over this as quickly as possible. I didn't want to squeeze the bulb in my hand because I didn't want to have to start this whole process over again. I just wanted to get it over with.

The music started playing and I kept on praying and finally I was able to calm down a bit. I knew it would be over after about five or six songs, so I kept wanting one song to end and the next one to start. The technician finally said, “I think we are done.” I was so relieved.

Afterwards, I had the worst headache and back ache. I guess from laying on such a hard surface for such a long time. Now all I have to do is wait until Dr. Michael Peavey calls me and lets me know the results.

Please pray with me that this will be it and that I don’t have to have an ERCP. By the way, ERCP stands for Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography. I’m so glad they have shortened these terms.

Thank you for all the prayers that have already been prayed.

Love in Him,


The Silver Fox said...

LeAnne, what a perfect description! :o( Thank the Lord that the MRCP is over with. We continue to pray that all is well and that you won't have to have the ERCP. Yes, the initials are so much better!! ;o)

Megan said...

That was a very detailed description. :-) I'm off to make kids desert. Blah.

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