Today was a busy day. We’re now in double booking territory. I saw my endocrinologist then drove across the street for radiation. After that I went to work for Nebraska where there’s blizzard potential for tomorrow evening!
I have an endocrinologist because my pancreatic cancer was kind enough to trigger Type 2 diabetes. Swell.
Dr. Choi is my favorite doctor. She’s mom-like in her concern for my well being. She was happy with what she saw today. My blood sugar is under control through insulin and medication.
I’ll be taking a few blood tests to see how my pancreas is functioning. It’s possible (not likely) my diabetes could ‘heal’
Next stop the linear accelerator for my daily radiation treatment. I came pre-medicated for nausea. Either it worked perfectly or was unnecessary because my stomach stayed happy today.
I arrived around 15 minutes early and they took me right away! This place runs like clockwork.
After I’m on the table lasers are pointed toward targets around my middle. That sets my position roughly. A CT scan follows which allows the radiation techs to make tiny corrections so my organs line up with my first session. The radiation beam is next.
Here’s what I know about radiation: it really makes me tired!
I came home and took a 90 minute nap before going on-air in Nebraska. After my session I napped again. I can mold my life around the naps, but now I’m living in a 19 hour day world.
The end of this week marks the midpoint of my treatment. Eight weeks of chemo and three weeks of radiation, done. I’m good to go for the second half. It’s the cancer treatment equivalent of pitchers and catchers reporting.