This morning I was at cancer center at 8:15 (be there 15 minutes before the appointment they say). It was hopping first thing in the morning, I could barely find a seat in the waiting room. I dont even have to say my name to the one gal who checks people in anymore, she knows who I am. I quickly was paged down to the basement. I knew where to go from last week, so I just went on down the hall since the nurse who was outside the elevators wasnt waiting for me. Every time before this, someone was waiting for me outside the elevator to show me where to go. I was half way down the hall to the dressing rooms when someone called out my name behind me. Apparently I was too quick, she didnt get the chance to meet me at the elevator but she said I was doing the right thing. She showed me to an empty dressing room, where I put on a long hospital gown that opened in the front. Then another over that one, that opened in the back, so I was fully covered and opened the door to my dressing room. I was told to do this once I was undressed and to sit on my bench and wait for someone to come get me. I was told last time that this appointment was just to get x-rays, no radiation. When a tech came and retrieved me from my dressing room, she told me that they were going to go ahead and start my treatment today. I was thrilled to hear this, even though it meant a longer appointment (and late to work), that means this ends even sooner.

I got into position on the radiation table pretty quick. They put a pillow under my knees and I lay with my back on the table, arms over my head and grasped to a tiny pole above my head. Where I am getting radiated, I have to turn my head to the right, to be sure Im out the way of my left side as much as possible since thats where I am getting radiated. Which also explains why my radiation oncologist told me I might have a sun-burn looking skin on my neck. The radiation machine moves all around me, moving every few minutes or so, in the different places and amounts of radiation each place gets. I’ll have to count tomorrow how many different angles/times it stops and radiates. I feel nothing at all, not even heat (which I thought if I felt anything I would warmth of some kind). They had nice 90s music on today, and I counted listening to about 9 songs between getting x-rays and radiation. I do hope that by the end of the week the appointment is actually 30 minutes long, rather than 50 like it was today. I found a nice lady who explains radiation and even filmed herself getting radiation. Its just like how she described in the video, expect I dont recall the noises of the radiation beeping being as loud as she described or even what she filmed. Anyways, if you’d like to see what its like, watch the video below from 3:19-6:08

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So glad to hear this process has begun for you and you can start the countdown to the end of this journey. Lots of love and prayers are with you today.

September 11, 2013 9:19 am

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