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.

“Just 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. anotherday2paradise – Durban South Africa and Florida USA – I enjoy writing about absolutely anything, and started blogging with WordPress in 2012. This was my 'Hammock Lady' blog, and I really enjoyed sharing my travels here: In November 2013, I decided it was time for a change of scenery, so I started my blog afresh, and here it is. I love to travel, and have been fortunate enough to do two round-the-world trips and visit more than forty countries so far. This year we visited our 7th continent, Antarctica. I enjoy photographing wildlife, especially in my backyard in Florida. I was born and brought up in England. My husband and I emigrated to South Africa in 1970. We now live in Florida, USA. I have a son and a daughter and five gorgeous grandchildren currently aged between 6 and 21 years. I'm so happy that you've taken the time to visit my blog, and would love for you to join me on my travels. Sylvia.
    anotherday2paradise says:

    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. markbialczak – Mark Bialczak is a veteran journalist. He started his blog,, in February, 2013, to write about music, entertainment, sports and life.
    markbialczak says:

    Still for a half-hour is pretty darn impressive Holley. Wow. You are a better person than I! And that PInk … sure ….

  4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? – I'm an just over 40, single mother of a wonderful teenage boy, who is an endless source of wonder and laughs and gray hair. I may have a small life, but it's full to the brim, and frequently I just have to stop and ask myself "Did that just really happen??" Enjoy!
    Kate @ Did That Just Happen? says:

    I’ve never had an MRI – and I will be happy to never go through it! 🙂 glad you were able to stay still!

  5. Inside the Mind of Isadora – Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.
    Inside the Mind of Isadora says:

    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 …

  6. 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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