Helaine and I went to freshman orientation for my radiation treatments today. They start soon. This was a chance to meet the radiology oncologist and nurses, but mostly to find out exactly what this treatment is.
“You will not glow.”
I’m guessing that’s an FAQ for them.
I’ll be marked with targets. Every day everything must be in exactly the same position. The beam of radiation is precise. You don’t want to miss.
The transmitter rotates around my body firing off short bursts. A random spot gets little radiation. My pancreas and environs get hit with every pulse!
This is a very different type of medical treatment. It’s five days a week for six weeks. I’ll be seeing the same people every day. They run on-time, or so they say.
The dosing itself takes five minutes. In-and-out in a half hour. Add the drive and it’s an hour (or close) every day for a month and a half. And, of course, other medical appointments continue.
Can someone prescribe me a few hours of extra time, with refills?
Radiation often comes with side effects. I might get fatigued or suffer skin irritation. Because the beam will be near my stomach nausea is also a possibility.
This fits the pattern of all my treatment. Not painful. Just disruptive. I’ll have to schedule the rest of my day around it.
I make a return trip tomorrow. They’ll take my measurements and mark me up. The fun never ends.