Friday, January 26, 2007
I'm So Proud of My Daughter!
First of all, thank you for your prayers.
Second of all, she did great!
But, before I get to that - I'll give you some sure-fire instructions on how not to stress about your daughter's impending MRI....
1. Take one Advil PM before going to bed.
2. Forget to set your alarm clock.
3. Wake up fifteen minutes before having to take your son and neighbor to school (and immediately after that, your daughter to the MRI).
Yep, that'll do it. All of a sudden, there's no time to worry, or even figure out how not to give your daughter the breakfast she wants (no time to eat...., which she wasn't supposed to do just in case sedation was necessary).
Fortunately, we got everyone where they needed to be on time - and that there was no dress or hair code for entering Oregon Imaging Center..... When we arrived, John spoke to the nurses and expressed his misgivings about the whole issue. They offered little hope, very few 5 year olds are capable of lying still enough for an MRI without sedation..... Lovely. We decided to try it in anyway - she'd have an IV no matter what, so we figured we could always put the sleep medicine through if needed later.
I boosted her up with the challenge of being the "5 year old they'll talk about from here on out" while they put in the IV - and she didn't even flinch. She just seemed to bask in the attention of it all. On the table for the MRI they snuggled her in with warm blankets, put her puppy dog stuffed animal on her feet, and started up "High School Musical" in her headphones. We instructed her to "fake like she was sleeping" - and there you go..... She did just that. On the 4th 3 minute MRI scan, apparently she moved a bit, so that was repeated, but other than that, it was super. They were very impressed, and we were very proud. Three times already, people have said, "she's just like her mommy...." - yes, I'll agree - if there was ever a challenge set before us to behave as good as possible for an audience, Michele and I would try our hardest to make it happen. I had a feeling, as long as Mikayla didn't lose it to fear - she would be the same. Yes, indeed she's my daughter. (and I can't even tell you how much Brayden is John's son!).
Thanks again for your support for our little girl, I'd dare say, she even had fun - a miracle indeed!