MRI Scan Update

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hello Lovelies,

As promised this is an update for you following my appointment for an MRI scan on my wrist/hand that I had this evening.

I'm sure you are aware by now that on the 16th of December 2013 I broke my wrist in 2 places, I also broke 2 toes and damaged the metatarsal on my left foot but that's a whole other story!

When I broke my wrist the consultant was concerned I had also torn the ligaments in the back of my hand, I had a plaster cast put on, and was told I needed an urgent MRI scan and would receive an appointment for the MRI scan soon, I got my appointment through last week and went for my appointment this evening.

As you know I am suffering from a terminal medical condition and I am in 24 hour chronic pain.

I assumed (stupidly) that the scan would mean me sitting on a chair/stool with my arm in the scanner, how wrong could I be, what it actually involved was me having to lie down on my side on an extremely hard thin table with both my arms in the most ridiculous positions, the left one being slammed in a plastic box. It was awful, to cut a long story short I ended up in agony, crying, and being took in and out of the scanner and then the scan being stopped.

The man and lady who were conducting the scan were extremely annoyed (not with me) that I had been referred for such a procedure and said that it should have been explained to me beforehand then I could have said that it wouldn't be possible for me to have it done. I felt so stupid, I was crying, in agony and felt like I'd wasted their time. The orthopaedic consultant who referred me knew about my condition so why the hell did he refer me? I am considering complaining about it, the man at the MRI scan said I should do, he felt awful as did the lady they were fantastic with me putting loads of pillows on the table and trying their best to help me but I just couldn't do it my pain was too much.

They have no idea if they got the images they need but the annoying thing is, they told me tonight it means nothing anyway because they won't do surgery as I am high risk where an anaesthetic is concerned, and also surgery means adhesions and the last thing I need is more of those and especially in my hands/arms. So it was all a waste of time too. They removed my cast to carry out the scan and I was hoping it would stay off but unfortunately not, the cast remains :(

I am now in agony, and will be for god knows how long, I feel stupid, I am really mad that I was subjected to that when there was no need, had the consultant told the MRI scan department they wouldn't have sent me an appointment or if he'd explained to me what was going to happen I would have refused it, especially as it is a waste of time regardless of the outcome.

So that's it, basically I may or may not have the right images of my hand/wrist, I am now in complete agony and feeling dreadful, I feel so stupid and am also really really mad.

Thank you so much to everyone who wished me well for my scan today, I find it overwhelming that so many people remembered I was going for my scan, thank you all so much for thinking of me.

Now I'm off for some oramorph :(

Thank you for reading, much love as always

Zoe x

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