Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Where Is The Most Interesting Place You Have Been When The Power Has Gone Out?

Well before today I didn't have a very exciting answer to that question but alas now I do. . .

It started out as a normal day. I took a sick day from work b/c I had to have my routine MRI today (I have them every six months now). I got to St. Elizabeth's on time and was already pre-registered so I went straight to the MRI department.

So I got all checked in, changed into my johnny and was ready to go. My nurse took me into the MRI room and got me all set up - earplugs, a blanket, etc. My MRI takes about an hour so it is important to be as comfortable as possible. For anyone who has ever had an MRI you know that it is difficult to get comfortable when you are laying on a cold table and listening to annoying buzzing noises in your ear!

I was about half way through when all of a sudden the power went off!!!! I was inside the MRI machine and it was total darkness! My nurse came into the room and was talking to me but unfortunately I could hardly hear her since I had earplugs in. She told me the power was out (obviously) and that she was going to pull me out. Since the machine was off she had to manually pull me out which was somewhat difficult. Once she got me out she told me I could sit in a chair and hang out while we waited for the power to come back. A few minutes later it was on but it took about thirty minutes to get the machine up and running again.

When she was ready for me she got me packed back into the machine and injected me with some dye. They use this dye during the 2nd half of my MRI b/c it shows in the pictures if any of the lesions in my brain are inflamed. So back in for another 30 minutes and luckily the power stayed on the whole time!

So just in case MRI's don't make you anxious enough just throw a little power failure in the mix to add to the excitement! At least now I have a good story to tell on my blog. I actually wanted to have my nurse take a picture of my in the machine but I didn't want her to call psych thinking I was crazy. Haha!

I will see my neurologist next week and get the results of my MRI. I'll be sure to update you and let you know what it shows.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have a good story about the power going out!


  1. Thank goodness I don't have any interesting tales like that! Thank goodness they don't make me get MRIs every six months too! I'm very claustraphobic and have to get tramquilizers whenever I go in those machines... I found your story quite terrifying!!!

  2. I cannot believe you got through this. I'm freaking out reading this since I get so claustrophobic and have fear of MRI. You're a trooper, Jodi.

  3. Looks like you have got yourself a great MRI story to tell. I saw your comment on my blog and I'm definitely enjoying reading through your posts, thanks for the link!