Ever wonder about that? It’s kind of the same thought I get while lying on the table getting radiation. I completed the first week of treatments. It’s about what I expected so far. It takes about 40 minutes to get there. I go in, check in at the front desk where they already know your name the first day which is nice. I go directly to the changing room to get in to one of those beautiful hospital gowns that tie in the back. You need to be a contortionist to tie it yourself but I manage. The size of gown choice is not optimal either. I can choose the pretty blue one that looks like a mini dress on me or the giant maroon one that could double as a car cover if needed. I go with the maroon ones. After changing to the gown I wait for only a few minutes before they bring in the back room for the treatment. It takes about 3 minutes to set me up in position. Then the machine does its thing. It starts on the left side for one shot. Then it rotates around to 4 other positions for a shot of about 30 seconds each. That its. Its done til the next day. I go back to the dressing room, change into my regular clothes and start the 40 minute drive back home. The whole time I’m sitting there staring at the ceiling, not moving (try not to wiggle your toes the guy told me the first day) I’m thinking it’s hard to believe this giant metal barrel looking thing rotating around me making buzzing noises is doing anything to take care of this cancer. So I’m changing the question to “If a giant metal can rotates around you and makes buzzing noises but you don’t feel a thing, is it really doing anything?” I guess I’ll find out soon enough. They are supposed to check the progress shortly to see how its responding to the radiation. That will be interesting to see what’s happening to it. For now I’m just keeping these words of wisdom in mind:
“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
~ Winston Churchill
One week down, 4 more to go. Friday I felt extremely tired. Not sure if it was from the radiation or something else. I’m still not sleeping as well as I should be. We met with the nutritionist on Thursday. She mentioned even being a little dehydrated could make you feel fatigued so I should be drinking lots of extra fluids and also trying to eat a higher protein diet. Will have to start working on all that too. Can’t say I’ve been eating all that well lately either. Hopefully a little fatigue will be the worst of any side effects. I’ll keep you updated. Stay tuned!