Posted 3/21/2013 10:49 PM (GMT -6)
I am encouraged that after 13 sessions I am feeling great, a little tired and need to pick up a few extra hours of sleep once a week. Fortunately not feeling any real SEs.
I am still amazed at the safety protocol that the cancer clinic goes through. I have to report to the rad. technicians my name and birthdate before I start the session. They confirm both my name and birthdate on the computer that has my file and programing to be used for that day. Sometimes, I tease them by saying my name is Clark Griswald, they smile but ask me my real name for their safety protocol.
They spend about three plus minutes making sure I am aligned on the table with the tattoo's I was given at the first ultrasound and CT scan. They then wheel over the table to the CT scan and perform the scan and overlay it and compare it to the first CT scan. While the computer is processing both scans they wheel me back over to the Linear Accelerator and align me back with the lasers in the room. In minutes, the computer tells the technicians how to adjust the table for changes in my inside. They make the adjustment and tell me that they can get up to 1 mm of accuracy.
They then ask me what kind of music I want to listen to, start the tunes and then they leave the room, close the door and then start the daily radiation. They have cameras on me to watch to make sure I remain still. They have little handles tide to rope that is held in each hand so you don't move your arms during the radiation. My fingers got numb yesterday so I carefully released the handles and started to move my fingers ever so carefully that I thought would not be a concern,
As soon as the radiation was completed the two tech's came into the room and chastised me not to move, even my fingers and hands during the session to keep even the slightest change in my position. I was grateful for their concern that I get the radiation only where they had programmed.
I get to meet men with all types of cancer as I wait in the waiting room until they are ready for me. As Todd just posted about his neighbor passing away due to cancer, I see men in every stage of life and cancer which breaks my heart and makes me grateful. Grateful, because the cancer clinic told me that I am the only one still living that was diagnosed when I was with the high grade of cancer, and that we live in the times we do with so much advancement by heroic men and women that are researching new treatments and perfecting existing treatments.
My daughter gave me a hug this afternoon and I was really hot in my upper body. It could have been I was having a hot flash from HT or I was still warm from the radiation. I would assume it was a hot flash, but at my first IMRT session i went back to my office and could feel the heat on my body. The RO said that would it is typical for first timers to have a weird reaction and that it should not happen in the future. It startled my daughter and caused her some concern.
With 13 down, I still have 25 sessions to complete and I am smart enough to know that fatigue and side effects no doubt are down the road awaiting for me.