I just returned home from my first appointment. Jeff was sweet, he called and told me that he would go with me but I told him, not to worry I would be fine. It was fine and fast, you just change into a gown then go into the radiation rooms and lay on the table. They measure and move you around until they get you in the exact position that they want you, then they leave the room and the machine moves round until they get too get in the right position and then you just hear a buzzing sound for so many seconds then the machine moves around to the other side and they radiate you from that angle. Total time in there was approximately 15-20 mins.and then you are done. I got changed and then one of the nurses came in and we sat down and talked for about 40 mins.
She was there to explain how the radiation exactly works, to talk about the side effects and then she gave me a prescription for cream to put on my skin or she said that I could get aloe (which I already did). She gave me a calendar and explained to me what is to be expected in the next 7 weeks with treatment. She was very nice and informative, although I had already studied all about it, never hurts to hear the information again. She went on to give me another parking pass, the parking is crazy there. All and all I was there about 1 1/2 hours and then my friend met me at the hospital and then we went out to lunch, that was a surprise but it was nice to get some food in me and now I am home, ready for bed. One thing the nurse mentioned to help the fatigue... is to exercise, walk at least 20 mins.a day so I need to rest up and then try to accomplish that each day. I am glad that today is over, I know this is the beginning but....I am doing it and now I need to just find opportunities to make it work for me and do all that I can to support and sustain my health and strength during it. That's for your calls, cards and emails...what an encouragement they are. Thank you.
"Don't let change overwhelm you, let change help you find opportunities you may have never seen"
Below this cute photo that Lauren took for me, is a joke that I found and thought I would share it!
An Illinois man who left the snow-filled streets of Chicago for a vacation in Florida. His wife was on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next day. When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.
Unfortunately, when typing her address, he missed one letter, and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher's wife whose husband had passed away only the day before. When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.
At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:
Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
P.S. Sure is hot down here.
"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." Dennis P. Kimbro