To MRI or not to MRI?

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written about my daughter’s foot. Mainly because, thank goodness, she’s been better. She first got ill on (Friday!) 13th February, her foot started hurting on the following Tuesday and suddenly stopped hurting on Friday 13th March.

Needless to say, a couple of days after that, we suddenly got all the letters from the hospital we’d been promised – a follow-up appointment with the paediatrician, a physio appointment and an MRI letter. What’s that all about?

An MRI scan was mentioned as a possibility when she first saw an orthopaedic doctor and my daughter started trembling and clinging to me and saying she wouldn’t have one. Although I had one myself earlier this year, and didn’t enjoy it at all, she’d learned about MRIs from a boy at school who told the class about it in great detail. My daughter didn’t like the sound of it.

When we saw the orthopaedic consultant a few days later, he said she didn’t need an MRI. Thank goodness!

Then suddenly we have a letter from the paediatrician recommending one. I didn’t get it. Why was she recommending it when the orthopaedic consultant said she didn’t need it?

I’ll be honest, the letter nearly went straight in the recycling. We couldn’t make that date anyway.

And then the next day, eight days after her foot had stopped hurting, she woke up limping again.

She needed that MRI, didn’t she?

At the same time, I’d been a bit freaked out to hear about a boy my younger son knows who had been ill in the autumn and had been left with an infection in a bone, which he still has, and which is proving hard to shift. The boy is soldiering on as best he can, but can’t do sport and is still quite ill.

What if my daughter has something like this? It would be foolish in the extreme to miss out on a diagnosis and get the right treatment because she was terrified of having an MRI scan.

So she’s going to have it. She just doesn’t know that yet. She’s seen on the calendar that she’s got a few hospital appointments over the next few days, but she doesn’t know what for. My husband, who is calmer than me, will sit in the room with her. He says we shouldn’t tell her until the day. It seems a bit dishonest, but I think he’s probably right.

It will be horrible to have her scared and upset, but it’s more important that we know for sure what is wrong with her foot.

MRI scan, hospital, 365

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Sorry to hear your Dayghter has to have an MRI. As I blogged my daughter really didn’t like it but we were able to go in with her but once she was out it was all forgotten. Only advice I can give is explain that she needs to lie still. This is what we struggled with the most and some scans had to be repeated meaning she was in the tube longer.

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    • Thanks very much, that’s really useful advice! Don’t want to prolong the agony. It’s good to hear that your daughter forgot it soon afterwards.

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  2. Why is parenting always such a dilemma?! Here’s hoping all goes well on the day and that there’s nothing to worry about.
    Thinking of you x

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    • Thanks very much! Fingers crossed! I find I’m not even worrying about what it might find, just the fact that she has to have it. x

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  3. Good luck. I think it will be best to find out if there’s anything there, hopefully not but at least your mind will be put to rest and you won’t worry about worst case scenarios x

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    • That’s very true! I’ve come so close to cancelling it as she’s been free of symptoms for a couple of weeks now, but I think it’s still worth getting it checked. x

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  4. I think that it’s important to rule out any problems with her foot. Yes MRI’s aren’t pleasant, but hopefully she’ll be ok & understand. Thinking of you both x

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    • Thanks very much! I keep trying to put it out of my head because I’m dreading it. Will be glad when it’s over. x

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