Well my peeps at Sunnybrook were finally able to get their biopsy. It was done on Thursday by MRI which is a longer and more cumbersome process than doing it by ultrasound, (which was the reason for the study – to make ultrasound even more effective). Again I won’t bore you with the details, just a few of the highlights, and a couple low-lights.
- Low-light – the pre-waiting. OMG it took forever to get started. They put my IV in right away (you’ll remember that’s my least favourite part). But then I had to wait… and wait… and wait. Based on when I finished, and how long they told me it would take… I probably sat there for almost an hour. I may have started having a small panic attack and I may have had to start self soothing by rubbing the bridge of my nose like you do to sooth a baby…. I guess I was a little nervous.
- Highlight – the staff. Once again everyone was really nice and thoughtful. I love my Sunnybrook peeps.
- Low-light – the temperature. If you haven’t had an MRI let me give you some tips (I am a pro now after all). You’ll want to wear as many clothes as possible. Since my MRI is always of the top half – I’m always sure to wear some sort of Lululemon pant (Do you hear that Lululemon – feel free to sponsor my next MRI). No metal in those pants and extra layers against the cold. Unfortunately my Lulu capris were not enough on Thursday. I was freezing! Lucky for those awesome staff who as soon as I was able to say I was cold they covered me in more blankets and even rubbed my feet for a few minutes.
- Highlight – I got the same Radiologist. It may have been simply luck of the draw, but I was happy to have someone I had already met with twice before.
- Low-light – the freezing. One word. OUCH! Again, those peeps with their arms across my back (to keep me from flinching up from the needle) rubbed my back while holding me down – oh I didn’t mention that the whole thing is done while I was lying on my stomach and the Doctor is sitting underneath me… awkward and cumbersome.
- Highlight – the freezing. One word. Numb. Couldn’t feel a thing. I was feeling pressure but not pain. And I was remembering the Stuff You Should Know podcast – How Redheads Work…. apparently we need more anesthetic than blonds or brunettes… EEK! But it didn’t hurt – just noisy and pressure.
- Low-light – Afterward. As the freezing wore off – it was more pressure and starting to feel like there was a hole in my chest, which of course… there was. Again OUCH!
And that was it. I was there for about 2.5 hours total (I was told it would be about an hour) it really was a long wait to get started. Friday I had some dizziness and feeling a bit off. But nothing too major. Final highlight (because it’s nice to end on a highlight) I have an appointment with my doctor to go over the results in a 7-10 days. And hopefully that will be the end of all of this drama!
PS. Just got the call, everything is fine. Follow-up is 6 months with my BFF the MRI machine! Hurray!