Thursday, August 27, 2009
My Radiation Experience and My Dad's Birthday
I have noticed from reading a lot of other people's stories of radiation that they have some sort of net like mask over their head and face to hold the head into place. I did not have this done and am pretty thankful actually as I do not think I would like it too much. It is something at least similar to this pic...but I cannot say positively because again I have no experience other than reading others stories. If you have a personal experience with it, please feel free to share. I like having the info.
I had more of a body mold done. It went from my upper shoulder area down to my waist. This thing confused me from day one. I was put onto the table for the radiation on top of this what I thought was like a mat. Then when they had me into place the thing started to tighten and form around my body. I have no idea how. Yeah I will probably learn one day but I really do not know. Maybe one of my readers does? The thing resembled white Styrofoam in the end. Mine was not blue like the ladies below. The mold was so that each day my body would be in the exact same position. They would get out my mold, put it on the table and I would lie down in it. Then they'd poke me into position quite literally. They would just push me with their fingers and line up my big black x's that I had drawn onto my chest and side.
The treatment itself lasted maybe 5 minutes. There were high pitched sounds and clicks and then it was done. There are more details that I will go into later. You see the "s" on my laptop has went out. So for every single "S" I type, I am using the onscreen keyboard and well...it's getting annoying. haha I plan on getting a new laptop soon. Until then I wanted to post a couple pics that resemble what my radiation treatment was like. I found a good one with a body mold on the table. The machine is huge and can rotate all the way around you. I never had a single side effect that I know of. No burns, no throat issues, no blisters. I don't know why but I got by really easy throughout radiation. I am so relieved because I have heard of some bad side effects.
I also wanted to wish my dad a very happy birthday today. He's still not feeling well. I hope we get things figured out with him soon.