Keeping Myself Busy With Poorly Kids

Since December it is clear to say we have not been blessed with a run of good health in our house.  The New Year started for me with a dislocated little finger and then quickly turned in to a nasty dose of pneumonia for The Girl.

Sick Child

The Girl has been having a few stomach issues for a couple of years now and the hospital have slowly been ruling things out after thy changed her meds for her JIA as they originally thought that was the cause.  Last week she went for an MRI.


We had to travel down to South Wales which took just over 3 hours which was not fun as The Girl is travel sick and suffers quite badly when she is hungry.  The journey was done after being nil by mouth since 6am on the day of the exam.  For 2 days before hand she had to follow a restrictive diet which for an 11 year old fussy eater seemed to consist of jelly and ic lollies.  Everything else she could eat she wan’t a fan of.

MRI, MRI Suite, Hospital Department

When we arrived at the MRI Suite there was some form filling to be done and The Girl was given a jug of water with a contrast solution added.  Personally I have had these before and they are not what you would describe as nice to drink.  As the contrast tablet dissolves the water takes on the consistency of wallpaper paste.  The Girl as you can imagine was not impressed with having to drink this.

Child having MRI, MRI, Medical Tests, Child having medical tests

Once the jug was empty it was time to get undressed in to a hospital gown.  I had tried to prepare her for these tests, explaining she would lie in a tunnel and had to keep still but as it was a special magnetic tunnel I would not be allowed with her.  She seemed to accept this.  However, when she was getting changed I was asked if I wanted to go in the room with her.  This really was a no brainer.  I too had to don the hospital gown and make sure I had no metal one me.


For us the MRI wasn’t a fun experience and not one I hope she has to have repeated.  I really am grateful I was allowed to go in with her as she was very distressed about having to lie in the tunnel and lie still.  Due to her JIA she finds it painful to lie flat on her back and not move her legs.  A couple of the scans had to be repeated as she moved so it took longer than it should have done.

Once it was all over there was some sort of a smile back on her face which was helped to return by a chocolate bar from the hospital restaurant before our 3 1/2 hour journey home.


This wasn’t a nice experience for my little girl but I am so proud of her for having these tests and all she goes through with ill health.  We now sit and wait for the results hoping nothing is wrong.

Has your child undergone a MRI?  What was your experience like?

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  1. Helena
    26th March 2015 / 7:07 am

    Not a nice thing to have done for an adult let alone a child. Sounds like it was a good job they let you in the scan with her. Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

    Sending you all hugs in the meantime x

  2. 26th March 2015 / 8:14 am

    MRIs are so horrible aren’t they? They make me really nervous. But a huge well done to your girl for going through it bravely and coming out smiling. Hope you get the very best results and some very good explanations out of it all x

  3. 26th March 2015 / 11:09 am

    I’ve had an MRI and I was lucky because mine only took 20 minutes, and was my leg. It can’t be very nice for a child, and especially not when it’s hurting to lie still in the position in the first place. Well done to her for being so brave x

  4. Dean of Little Steps
    26th March 2015 / 11:57 am

    I’ve never had an MRI done, but from what you’ve written, I can imagine how unpleasant it may have been for your daughter. Hope she recuperates soon! #loudnproud.

  5. 26th March 2015 / 2:12 pm

    I had one done some years ago although without the drink thing. It’s a strange experience and I think it’s good you were able to go in with her. Hope they get to the bottom of things.

  6. 26th March 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Sounds like she coped really well with it, not a nice thing to have to go through and glad you were able to be in the room with her. Good luck with the results. I’ve never had an MRI but it’s something my eldest daughter is likely to need to have at some point.

  7. 26th March 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a brave girl. She really seemed to accept everything that had to be done and she was so brave. I am so sorry to hear she had to have tests redone, that must have been stressful for the both of you. 🙁 Good luck on the results, I really hope they’re good! Ray xx @

  8. 27th March 2015 / 6:14 am

    Your poor girl! Your family has had such a bad run with health lately. I really hope it’s nothing serious.
    My daughter has to have an MRI scan next month. We haven’t told her yet, as she freaks out every time the matter is brought up. Having read that you were allowed in with your daughter, I’ve already checked that we can go in with my daughter and we can! I say ‘we’, but I’m leaving this one to my husband as he’s much calmer than me and I found the MRI scary myself.

  9. 27th March 2015 / 8:40 am

    I haven’t had an MRI before but I think I’d fidget too! It must be pretty claustrophobic inside those machines. I think your daughter is a very brave girl!

  10. 27th March 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Oh bless her. What a scary experience that must have been, and upsetting for you both. I often wonder how I would feel having a MRI when I see them on TV and I imagine I too would panic somewhat. Well done to you both for getting through it! x x

  11. 28th March 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Awww that sounds horrible. I am so glad that its over. When my son was 3 months old he undergone a xray. But they need to push some liquid through his bum. Painful for me and he cried like theres no tomorrow. Imagine being so young. But it is needed and I am also glad that I am there in the xray room with him.

    Get well soon to your little lady. #pocolo

  12. 29th March 2015 / 7:46 pm

    I hope she’s ok. Thanks for linking up to the #Binkylinky

  13. 30th March 2015 / 7:05 am

    I’ve never had to have an MRI, let alone Grace. Bless her, your daughter really has been through the mill this year. I do hope you find some answers. She is a very brave girl. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

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