Went and had my flu shot today...in my left arm. Then went for MRI and got an injection in my right arm. During an MRI scan you are basically lying down in a large tube. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a way of generating pictures of the body parts that are not amenable to X-rays. MRI scans are very sensitive to movement so you have to keep still for anything from around twenty to sixty minutes. Knowing these facts about MRI scans doesn't always help because once the emotions kick in, rational thought goes out the window. Of course the best way to keep still during your scan is to relax deeply - there are no side effects to MRI scans so it's actually a perfect opportunity to hypnotically relax. That is what this session is all about. The beauty of priming your self hypnotically for your MRI scan is that hypnosis is the perfect state to drift into during the scan. Why? Because during hypnosis you can be any where you choose - in your mind. In your mind you can always have enough space around you, just as when you dream and 'travel' beyond the confines of your bed. Hypnosis is also a wonderful way of using 'time distortion.' In fact time distortion is a natural every day phenomena but can be directed consciously. We've all experienced time flying when we are pleasantly absorbed in something (or someone) and time dragging when we are bored for example. This session can get you feeling as if time has surprisingly flown by during the MRI scan.
This being said...here are my thoughts about the MRI. There are so many people who fear the test and that has escalated so that MRI is a scary thing. People say they are claustrophobic and pass this fear on to others. You are comfortably situated with ear plugs, and something put over your eyes. Also, be sure they put a pillow (or 2 flat ones) under your knees & cover you w/blankets.The rooms have to keep a bit chilly due to the equipment. If you can't see...how do you know that you are going into a tube..be sure to have them cover your eyes?I slept through most of my first one. Today, I laid there and said 100 Hail Marys. It was my way of keeping my mind busy by counting and meditating..remembering the words and relaxing. I dozed off at one point but the examiner woke me...asking if I was OK. The noises are so strange and loud. I just imagined construction workers hammering in the room. I was in there for about an hour. When it was over, I was shaky and a bit dizzy. I sat on the edge of the table for a few minutes until I got my bearings. I am glad that it is over none the less. I really don't like being this way. Having someone drive me and check on me. This experience has made me more delighted in the everyday things. Flowers, birds, books, games and puzzles, cleaning, organizing, blogging. I thought that I appreciated my life before, but now that I realize that I could have lost it...it's more precious to me. I can't wait to be able to do normal things again...there's that impatience, Balisha.