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September 16th, 2009, 09:17 AM
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My foster son, Lil Buddy, is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, September 21. He is severely developmentally delayed, autistic, and failure to thrive. He has had one MRI before, but that was before he came to live with me a little over a year ago. I feel like he is regressing a bit, so his neurologist wants to do another MRI to check for anything that might have changed or showed up now.

He'll have to be sedated for it. I'm not so much worried about it, but I always have that little gut turning over feeling when any of my kids have to be sedated.

I'm sure some of you have experience with this. Do you have any idea how long it takes to do the actual MRI and how long before we might be able to take him home? Anything else you guys can pass along would be helpful too! Thanks in advance!

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September 16th, 2009, 09:53 AM
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A brain MRI usually takes about 30 minutes or so. In most cases, he will be able to go home with a couple hours of the scan. As soon as he is awake and able to drink something.

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September 17th, 2009, 05:22 AM
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Our scans were longer, but we did an MRI and CT scan of the brain and inner ears, so it added up, LOL. Danny was released to go home an hour or so after waking up from his sedation.

I'd say bring a favorite toy or lovey when you go is my best advice, something to help make him more comfortable while waiting and then recovering. If he likes to watch DVDs and you have a portable DVD player, that can absolutely be a life saver. You might bring a favorite cup too, just for fun afterward when he's allowed to drink, or if he has a specific kind of cup he uses that would be a good idea.

Good luck, hon, and please let us know how it goes!

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September 17th, 2009, 05:47 AM
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When Justin had his MRI it took about 30 mins. They put in the IV and then took him back. They gave us a pager...like a restaurant pager and told us to come back when it went off. Then we had to wait for him to come out of the sedation which always takes Justin longer... I was told an additional 20 min wait but it took Justin probably a good 45 mins before he woke up out of it. Then he had to be drinking and eatting a little bit and responsive before we could leave. Good Luck.

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September 17th, 2009, 08:27 AM
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Thanks so much for the advice! Lil Buddy tends to have meltdowns, so I might see if I can track down a portable DVD player. That helps sometimes.

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