My DD is believed to have a genetic disorder associated with development of cardiomyopathy in adolescence. She has undergone yearly echoes to monitor to her heart. Now that she is getting older, the cardiologist wants to do a cardiac MRI because it is better for diagnosing cardiomyopathy. It was recommended that children under 8 be sedated for the MRI and I know that my DD would be completely freaked out by the sounds and even without the noise, she would have a very difficult time staying still for the duration of the MRI if not sedated.
DD had a sedated MRI for other reasons when she was 7 months old, so I know the drill. But I'm trying to figure out the best way to explain it to her. She just had surgery in November and completely freaked out when it came time for anesthesia. Obviously, the process is different with sedation, but I'm worried about her freaking out about being asleep. Also, DD is unaware, as of now, about her potential heart issues. I'm trying to figure out a very basic way to explain it to her without worrying her. Her situation is a little odd in that she has no current heart problems and may (hopefully) never develop them. She has a variety of dermatological issues, but is otherwise a very healthy little girl. I do want her thinking that she's unhealthy when she's not. But I still need a way of explaining why she gets this special procedure when her twin sister and friends do not.
Thanks for your suggestions.