Hello, Idyblu, and welcome to the Depression Forum,
Your mother-in-law's fears are derived from the fact that she does not understand what ultra sound testing is. Try to explain it so that she can grasp what she will be doing:
She will be asked to put on a hospital gown, perhaps be able to keep her underclothing on, in part, and will have a cold, jelly-like substance placed over the area where the doctor will slowly move a hand-held medical device over the jelly to take pictures by ultra-sound. Explain that there is no pain, that she will be very comfortable, because the doctor or nurse who tests will make sure of that, and that the staff will remove the jelly after the full range of pictures is made. She will be permitted to dress and then leave the hospital. No pain, just maybe a little cold sensation from the jelly if it hasn't been brought to room temperature before it is applied.
I think she might feel better about it if she could have you or someone else close to her also in the room where the procedure is being done--just for security's sake. (You can reassure her about accidents by letting her know that you will ask for help at the hospital before she has to undress for the procedure. I feel sure they have measures to compensate for an accident.)
When caring for an elderly person, try to remember always that you are doing it for God. That makes a significant difference in the headaches and heartaches you experience.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 10/25/2011 11:40:58 AM (GMT-6)