I survived my MRI!! (Per my previous post).
It actually wasn’t NEARLY as bad as expected, or as bad as the MRI with my head exposed. There were several reasons for this, but first and foremost:
It was because of the power and control I felt knowing that my thoughts create my feelings.
I was laying in the machine thinking about how the MRI machine itself, is a neutral circumstance. It’s a machine. Made of metal and other material. It’s not positive or negative until I have a thought about it.
How do I know this? Because for example, 4 people in the same machine would have 4 different thoughts about it, creating 4 different feelings. So it can’t be the machine causing my feelings. It’s my thoughts.
For example, 4 different people could be thinking/feeling the following:
“cool, this machine is absolutely amazing technology” and that would create a feeling of amazement
“Wow, this kinda feels like a tanning bed” and that would create a feeling of comfort
“I could fall asleep in here” and that would create a feeling of relaxed
“I feel trapped in here” and that would create a feeling of panic
So just knowing this, helped me totally and completely relax. Because I had all the power over my own thoughts and feelings.
It also helped that:
1. Everyone at Washington Radiology was so incredibly nice and walked me through every step of the whole process. I can’t recommend that place enough!
2. My mom came with me for moral support. She is truly the best!
3. I decided ahead of time to connect with my fear. Lean into my fear. So much so, that I almost didn’t feel any fear. It’s a funny thing. Once you give yourself permission to feel fear. It almost completely dissipated.
NOW, I just have to be overly vigilant to watch my blood sugars, since I also received a steroid injection to hopefully get some relief for the pain (steroids majorly inflate sugar levels!). And wait for the results…
Thanks for all the advice, well-wishes, and support I received from my last post! #LifecoachingwithLauren