An open MRI is similar to a normal MRI, but there isn’t an enclosed tube. This is often a benefit for many people who are claustrophobic or who don’t like the loud sounds that are heard while in the traditional machine. After learning of some techniques to use for the open MRI machine and learning of some of the answers to what you might fear with the overall process, you might be a little more comfortable.
You usually don’t need to do anything at all to prepare for an MRI. There aren’t any restrictions on eating or drinking as the scan is simply a large picture of the body that is being made. There are a few things that might pose a hazard that you need to let the doctor know about, such as a pacemaker, tattoos, any metal implants or medication patches that you wear on a regular basis.
An MRI usually takes abut 30 minutes to an hour depending on how many scans need to be done on the body. Sometimes, the doctor will want a detailed scan of a certain area, such as the brain or the abdomen. Detailed scans often take longer to complete instead of a basic scan that only gets a general view of the body. While the scan is being done, you will need to hold as still as possible at certain times when the picture is being taken. This is to give the doctor the best look possible at the body. An open MRI is usually more comfortable than one that is closed. It’s a table with the scanning machine going around the table instead of a tube that you’re inside. This is beneficial for older patients who might not be able to move as well as others to lay on the table for a traditional machine. It’s also a better option for those who are obese so that they can have a scan done as well. Children will also find the open system a bit less frightening a a parent or a nurse can lay on the table with the child while the scan is done.
In my pursuit to be productive even if I am a hands-on full time mom to my 4-year old daughter, I accepted a home based job as a Virtual Assistant. The work is light and very manageable and the pay is also above the current minimum rate in the industry. Since I work offshore, there are times that I get to talk to my clients or colleague via Skype and to be able to hear them clearly; I am using a reliable headphone.
My daughter thought that using headphones was cool and I just saw her one day with an in-ear headphone while listening to her favorite music in her tablet. She indeed looks cool with it but we reminded her to moderate the volume of the music so that she could hear it properly and not harm her eardrums.
In her more than two years of existence, Bella has been hospitalized four times already. Usually, she was only required to stay overnight in the hospital then the next day her Pediatrician would advise official discharge because her vital signs and everything about her health is already normal. That has been the case for the first three admissions but the last one which was before her 2nd birthday last 2012, was really challenging.
Bella needed to stay in the hospital for 2 nights and 3 days for her to be properly observed. Despite her condition, this little girl has been very active as if she is not sick at all. Her waking hours was spent eating, playing and tinkering with anything and everything she sees. She would even insist to come with me in the bathroom and fiddle with the floor drain covers. I don’t know why she likes doing it but we are somehow happy seeing her that way. It was unimaginable that with the sickness and all that, she still has the energy to play and just be cool. She may be sick but she’s really full of energy.
I thank God for the strength that He gave Bella and I am also very grateful for the opportunity to take care of my little girl during the time when she needed the most love and care from her Nanay.
|Teeth… and more!|
|Munching NOVA at 12 midnight….|
|The utility box as her car…|
|Tatay Bren pushing her car and holding her IV or else she won’t go near him…|
As of the moment, she is playful but kind of lost her appetite for food because her gums are sore due to teething. There are like 4 teeth starting to show up both on her upper and lower gums. Her medication is still on going until the next few days. I’ve had sleepless nights since Wednesday to check on her because she seems to have fever every early evening and during dawn.
I am really praying and hoping that she well get better soon. Bren will be celebrating his 40th birthday tomorrow and Bella’s good health is the best gift that he would want to have on his special day. I took a week off from my online work and also from blogging. I would like to apologize for not returning your visits and thank you very much for all your support and understanding.