MRI: How to Stay Still for 30 minutes


This morning I had an MRI done on my knee. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The MRI is supposed to show things that an X-ray probably won’t show – like arthritis or a torn ligament. It was my first MRI and hopefully my last.

It was a relatively pleasant experience. They let me choose what music that I wanted to listen to. I chose Pink because . . . well, why not?

Apparently, people freak out because they are basically stuck in a small tube for a half hour. It’s a claustrophobic moment for some people.

The only problem that I had was staying still for that long. At about the five minute mark, I had to cough. I tried to do it quickly. You know how coughs are. They always present themselves at the worst time. This would be one of those times. It wasn’t as bad as that one time I had a coughing fit at a funeral. Soooo embarrassing.

Then my other leg started to feel like jelly. Maybe I was trying too hard to not move. I was waiting for the nurse to tell me to quit moving. Was I just imagining all of the movement that was going on in my body?

I must have been dreaming because no one complained.

I’m pretty sure I can’t do this yet.

β€œJust a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.


  1. Reblogged this on V A S T L Y C U R I O U S and commented:
    First of all I hope your knee heals soon. You don’t realize how much we need them until they ache. Secondly, thanks for sharing the PINK video. I follow few artists but I admire her tenacity and strength , Cirque de solie +++++I loved the costume ( or lack of) and her courage as ever!

  2. Never had an MRI, but I certainly know what you mean about the cough which has a horrible habit of doing its own thing at the most inopportune moments. I remember having a coughing fit at a funeral, and I was playing the organ at the time. Not ideal! Hope the knee soon rights itself.

  3. Your quite brave … I had a panic attack when I had mine … same issue my knee. Now, deciding about the new knee replacement. It seems so robotic. I can’t seem to wrap my mind around it …. until …. the pain begin then I shout out YES … YES … YES …. my neighbors are starting to questions those words. LOL
    Good Luck with your knee issues. I hope you heal quickly.
    Happy Thanksgiving …

  4. Hey I hope your knees ok. The pink I can’t see as my phone won’t share it but re mris I’ve had a few and I know what you mean about trying too hard to be still it can almost make one twitch. I think in the old days the tube used to be closed at the end so it felt very clausteophobic I would hate that x

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