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Radiation Therapy

I had my first radiation therapy appointment today.  It went well.  Today’s appointment was longer than the rest of them will be because they had to set up the treatment, which (for me) involved getting back into the CT-scan position they’d molded for me, and having them line me back up with LASERs along the points they’d marked on my body last time I was there.

They took new X-rays, drew a grid on my torso, and double-checked everything before finally having me get dressed again and go to wait in the actual radiation area.  During the first part it was cold in the room and my tech guy was freezing, but I had comfy hand-knit socks to keep me warm.  Thanks, ona_tangent!  I’ll have to alternate between warm socks for the next three weeks.

When I was ready for my actual radiation therapy (which will be the only part I’ll have to do from now on), they had me lay down in the same position again.  Two cute nurses/radiation techs arranged me until I was lined up properly.  Dr. Yeh came in to check on me and things, and told them to go ahead with the therapy. 

The radiation therapy itself is indistinguishable from just getting an X-ray – they leave, the machine goes MMMM for a few seconds, and then they come back in.  After they zapped me from above, the radiation machine rotated around the platform I was on until it was under me.  The radiation techs made some measurements to make sure everything was good and then zapped me again.

I’d heard both that the first few days were the worse, and that the end will be the worst.  Dr. Yeh said if I was going to feel nauseated I’d know immediately, but besides some no-food and stress-induced butterflies, I feel fine.  I’m still taking today off just in case I feel sick later, but so far, so good.  They’ve warned me I’ll feel fatigued, but I’m so lazy, how would I know?  *grin*

“Gravity is a harsh mistress.” --The Tick


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Oct. 29th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
i'm glad it seemed to go so well! warm socks sounded *really* smart, too. i don't know why they make those rooms so cold!

i hope you continue to be free of nausea. take a nap and embrace your laziness :)
Oct. 29th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
I was freezing last time when they did the CT scan, so this time I dressed prepared! Plus, icespark said yesterday it was a good day for Shulkie Socks to ward away the cold, drizzly weather, and I thought cozy socks where the perfect way to ward off emotional as well as physical chills. B^)
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that the first appointment went well. *giant, squishy, comforting hugs*
Oct. 29th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yep. Presumably the rest will go well, unless my body gets suck of the daily zapping and eventually rebels. B^)
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Oct. 29th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* To be honest, it was really an LJ post cut-and-pasted into email. Tho you guys got it first. LOL
Oct. 29th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
You're on a first name basis with Lucidity. I have to call him Mr. Lucidity!
Oct. 29th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Tick
*chuckle* I almost posted that quote, but I used it for another copy of this post on some other journal. >B^)
Oct. 29th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Glad that went well. I remember my first radiation session (years ago), and was glad they opted not to tattoo the marks on me. They would look like the markings of a very odd geometric tribe...
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
huh. That might make for an interesting tattoo, but since I'm only getting three weeks of radiation, they just drew on me with marker and then glued clear stickers over the intersection points. A little skin irritation is all, judging by the old stickers they removed...
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Really glad to hear that your first time went well. =)
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Yay good first times! Although I prefer ones that don't involve radiation...
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Oct. 30th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Re: ::applause:::
heh. Well, actually, I was a dumb-ass, and clipped the penguin to my flash drive, not my actual keys. So, when I left, I forgot the penguin since I didn't bring my drive.

Still, he was waiting for me when I got home, and kept me company the rest of the day...
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Oct. 30th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Well, I would certainly love another pair, if you don't mind and have the time and extra yarn. *^_^*
Oct. 30th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
No wonder you get all the nice presents, you're sweet babe. And here I was thinking you're just a wanton sex god. ;-)
Oct. 31st, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
hee! Aw, thanks. *^_^*

I keep telling people I'm good and sweet, but usually no one believes me!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Good and Sweet
Gee, as if the icon doesn’t say it all!?! lol.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Good and Sweet
hee! Yep! Good and sweet -- that's me! 0B^)

Those aren't horns... they're structural supports for the halo, which is due to arrive any day now...
Nov. 3rd, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Good and Sweet
Nobody believes me either until they have me around awhile and find out I'm more than just a sex goddess.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Good and Sweet
hee! No one believes me, *especially* after they've spent some time around me. *grin*
Nov. 3rd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Good and Sweet
You always sound so nice when I read you....or you do nice things for those lucky women around you!
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Good and Sweet
I try. For a better account of my failures, see the linked journals. hee!
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Good and Sweet
Oho....so you don't tell about your bad side here 'eh?
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: Good and Sweet
hee! Well, I try to be fair and balanced, but naturally you're going to be seeing things from my perspective. >B^)
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