This is a blog for my daughter Scarlett. She was born with a complex congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. She is my little hero.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Worst MRI Ever

So, we get to the MRI lab, check-in, wait, they take her back, we go out to the lobby to wait the one and a half to two hours it'll take them to get all the pictures they need. After about 15 minutes we leave and go get something to eat. We're back in 30 minutes from the hospital cafeteria. When we get back Todd asks the receptionist how she's doing. They tell us she's in recovery and we can go back in 15-20 minutes.

So, about 15 mins later they call us back. She's in a metal hospital crib waking up from the anesthesia. We're right there to greet her when she comes to. She has an IV in her right hand and a pulse-ox on her right foot. She immediately starts fussing. Todd picks her up. She continues to cry. She's clearly miserable and upset. This goes on for another 5 minutes, then the nurse gives her some clear Pedialyte. She drinks about an ounce of it. She's too upset to eat and she just continues to cry inconsolably. I get to hold her. She just continues to cry. She's upset and nothing is making her happu.

Todd takes her back and tries again to comfort her. Then she BARFS all over Todd's work uniform. (He was supposed to go straight to work right after the MRI....not anymore). Then we're all frantically trying to help her and clean up her vomit which is mostly pedialyte. We are barely able to calm her down when the nurse drops the bomb.

"We weren't able to take all the pictures we wanted to because of all the metal in her chest"... Astonished, we're both thinking outloud: WHAT?! She repeats: "the pictures we took were very shadowy and we couldn't even complete the scan". She goes on to say that the magnets were just refracting off the coils and the staples/clips in her heart so all the pictures they took were coming out black. She said they couldn't even see her heart because of all the shadows.

Which means all that crying, sore throat pain, barfing, intubation, poking for an IV and starving my baby since 3:15 this morning was for NOTHING! I will post more when I get home but this was definitely NOT the news we were expecting today. : (

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