I can't imagine what in the world has scared you so much from becoming an RN. If it has anything to do with responsibility and liability, then nursing, especially CRNA, isn't right for you. A simple answer to your question about RT helping: yes, of course it will help. Problem is, it is way over-kill and completely unnecessary. My opinion is that RT employment prospects and pay aren't nearly as good as nursing. I'm speaking soley from personal experience because my wife is an RRT.
It certainly doesn't make sense to take the short (easy) way out now. You'll only lengthen the time to your ultimate goal of becoming a CRNA. I have an idea of what you're going through because I did too. I started off as a janitor, yes! Was then demoted to cert. nurse aid in a nursing home. Even worse!! Then was trained as an EMT-B and also in EKG monitoring. Went to LVN school and then bridged into an ADN (RN) program. Worked for two years while my wife went to RT school. Took a couple more yrs taking more "basics" (prereqs) and finally finished my BS via home study/internet. Now of course, I'm a second yr CRNA student with 40 sem hrs of graduate education behind me!
If you want to know more about my experiences or what was happening in my life during these many years, then you'll need to personal message me. Trust me, it wasn't easy. I can't tell you what you need to do to survive. I'm sure you already know the answer to that, but might not have accepted it yet. Personally, I would consider ADN (RN) as the lowest entry level degree for you. If you can at all help it, don't take the amount of time that I had to take to get here. You can start making money with your RN while finishing your BS and gaining critical care experience for CRNA school. All of my experience was as an ADN because I didn't complete my BS until 30 days before CRNA school started. Yes, that means I was accepted as an ADN, with the condition that I complete my undergraduate degree of course.
Let me give you a hint: take all prereqs for an entire BS(N) program first, then apply for nursing school. If you still arent accepted to a BSN program, I can almost guarantee that you'll find acceptance in an ADN program with all those sem. hrs. Then when you finish your 2-year RN, you'll be ready to immediately finish your BS degree. It is VERY easy to find and gain acceptance to an RN-to-BSN program. VERY, VERY easy!!
This will take you long enough. I wouldn't do it any other way. Good luck and remember to "NEVER take the path of least resistance!"
P.S. Please send a personal message. The board prolly doesn't want to be flooded with this conversation.