You will not be able to have breakfast the morning of your surgery.
You can brush your teeth in the morning, just be sure to spit the water out!
We think it is a good idea to have a special dinner the night before your surgery.
Once you park and check in with the secretary, you will get a special bracelet with your name and birthday on it. This will make sure everyone knows who you are.
Make sure to tell your nurse if you have a nickname that you would prefer to be called ☺
You will also change into some clothes that look like pajamas. Your clothes will stay with your grown ups.
The nurse needs to make sure you are healthy and ready for surgery. They do this by checking your Vitals.
The nurse will check your temperature, check your blood pressure (which feels like a hug on your arm), and your weight and pulse.
The doctor will come to talk to you and your grown ups. Make sure you ask any questions you may have. They will also listen to you with a stethoscope and look in your mouth with a flashlight.
Some kids get the sleepy medicine through an IV (a tiny straw in your vein) and some get it through a mask. If you get an IV, the doctor will connect the medicine right to your tiny straw.
If you have a mask you will just take nice deep breaths. Before you know it, you will be waking up and the MRI will be all done! Even if you got the sleepy medicine through a mask, you will still wake up with an IV. It will be taken out before you go home.
An IV is a tiny straw that helps get the sleepy medicine into your body, so you can take a nap during the MRI. The nurse will put an elastic band called a tourniquet around your arm. It will feel like a big hug, but it won’t stay on for long. Your job is to hold very still like a statue. Some kids say the poke feels like a pinch, but other say they don’t feel it at all. You can watch or do something else like play ISPY, blow bubbles or squeeze mom or dad’s hand. The nurse will put tape on your IV so that it will not come out. When it is done, you can play or just relax.
The nurse may also put stickers on your chest to help the nurse and doctor watch your heart rate during your MRI. They are hooked up to something that looks like a TV called a heart monitor. The nurse will take them off before you go home.
You can choose to go to the MRI in a wheel chair or on a bed with wheels. Your grown up will be with you until you fall asleep.
Your grown up will be there when you are waking up.
You can go home after the nurse sees you drink!
Your nurse will tell you when it is time to go home. While you are waiting, you can eat, watch a movie or color.
If you would like additional support with preparing your child for an MRI or feel it would be helpful to have a child life specialist present on the day of the MRI, please contact Child Life Services.
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