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@mountainseeker while having the procedure, for 77 minutes, I could hear my pulse beeping on the IV machine. To entertain myself, I tried to slow and speed up my pulse. When they took me out of the machine the radiation oncologist remarked that I was holding quite still and she asked if I had fallen asleep. I told her that I was awake, but in order to keep myself entertained, I had tried to lower and speed up my pulse rate. After I said that the entire room went silent. You could have heard a pin drop. I laugh about it. Apparently, no one has ever said that before. I found I could lower my pulse rate by consciously relaxing. I had to work at it a bit. I couldn't make my pulse rate speed up, but as soon as I quit focusing on the relaxation, my pulse rate returned to normal. Maybe it isn't something they would want you to do, but it did keep me entertained and somewhat relaxed during the procedure. I have also had some really long MRIs. I have done some goofy stuff to keep myself entertained. When I was a little girl we had a story that was written much like the song "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." I tried to recite that entire book from memory, to myself of course. Nothing out loud. (I wasn't supposed to move me head not to mention that I would have embarrassed myself beyond measure.) I even started singing, in my head,100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. I do some writing and I wrote about that experience but I can't seem to find it right now. I think it was called 10 Things To Do While Lying in an MRI Machine for 2 Hours. Something like that. You've heard enough from me. Just thought I would throw out a few of the strategies I used to keep entertained in that kind of situation. Again, best wishes!

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Hello @ellene,

You certainly have developed some ways to entertain yourself in the closed-in situations that modern medicine has provided! I've employed some of those myself. Reciting (silently, of course) songs, hymns, poems, etc. Often, I have put myself to sleep.

You have given @mountainseeker and the rest of us some really good tips on how to endure times while we are constrained and can't move around. I might also add to @mountainseeker, that the anesthesia folks who assist in this type of surgery generally have a good idea of how to keep us quiet so don't worry about squirming, they will undoubtedly take care of that.

Wishing you (and your mom) well on Monday and I look forward to hearing from you when you can post an update.

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