Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 2

Today was day 2 of radiation and here is what I have learned so far...


-The total appointment takes about 30 minutes.
-I must lie down perfectly still with my head turned to the left and my right arm up in some shackles holder thingy.
-The tech will most likely have to remind me every time to uncross my legs (it's such a habit).
-I don't feel anything.
-It is not that noisy.  Today I had a different machine and it was slightly louder.
-The total time I actually get the radiation is about 1 minute (yes, one!)  Today I counted, and plan on doing the same tomorrow.  Most of the time is spent lining me up to be in the perfect position and checking and double checking-I like that.
-I probably will not start seeing any topical effects of the treatment for 2-3 weeks.  
-The fatigue may not set in at all and if it does, generally it will be towards the latter part of the treatment.
-I will see the doctor and have blood drawn once a week.
-Not everyone has a drab color jumpsuit hospital gown.  (There is me, #32, on the upper left)
 -It is called a gown because it almost hits the floor.  Maybe I could dress this baby up with some heels.
 -Someone is VERY!!!!!!!! serious about the cubby system to reuse the gowns.
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. "
C. S. Lewis