1/4 the way through. Had my 5th treatment out of 20 today. So far it has been a piece of cake. No sickness so far, I have 2 days off now start again next Monday. The procedure only takes about 10 minuets.
I went in for my first radiation treatment today 1/22/2018. I was only in there for about 15 min. It took them around 10 or 11 min. to get me setup and lined up with my new tattoos, then 4 min. for the treatment. I will have to do this five days a week for the next 4 weeks. This will be a piece of cake compared to the chemo and lumbar punctures that I have already finished up with.
Even though my pet scan says that I am still in remission with my cancer, I found out today that I will be getting radiation.
My radiation doctors name also starts with a Z so I will call him Dr, Zus. Any way he is the one who ordered the pet scan for last Monday. He told me today that I will have radiation and it is to make sure the cancer does not come back. It will be a low dose but that I will have to come in every day for the treatment.
I had to go in and let them do a cat scan so that they could map out the area to be treated. they also made a mold of me so that I will always lay in the same spot for the treatment. They also gave me three little tattoos on my stomach so they can line me up correctly. I told them the whole time I was in the Navy that I did not get a tattoo and now they gave me three.
Well I do not know yet when they will get started. Just waiting on getting the appointments set up.
It was Wednesday January 10th. I checked into BSA Hospital around 08: 00. Then I was taken to the Oncology ward which is on the eighth floor. The nurse came in and asked if I was ready to have her take my blood sample that they needed to see if blood was thick enough for them to do the procedure. She asked me if I would like to have it taken from my port or my arm. For this procedure they have always taken it from my arm, and so I showed her that the vein in my left arm is dead center where the elbow bends. I had blood taken from there last Monday at a a doctor visit. It hurt like crazy almost like they were using a square needle instead of a pointed one. Any way as she was installing the IV that needle felt the same and it hurt like crazy, makes me wonder if that vein has been used so much that its breaking down or maybe a build up of scar tissue.
I was taken down for the Lumbar puncture. During the procedure I was told that if I felt any thing to ask for more Lidocaine. Part of the way through I felt a sharp pain so I jumped and asked for more Lidocaine, after he gave it to me it was smooth sailing the rest of the way. Then back up to my room, yea the last one is over.
Having to stay laying flat for two hours before I could get up to use the bathroom. I almost made it but then it hit me I had to go. So I got up and did my thing. I don’t know why but I started feeling sick to my stomach. I also don’t know how many times that I got sick but I was told that before I could go home I need to get it under control. The nurse said that she was going to call doctor Z to find out what she needed to do. Poor thing she came back in and told me that she was going to need to start an IV to give me some fluids for I had been NPO since midnight last night. The reason she removed the last IV was that it was not need during the lumbar puncture. She told me this time she will access my port and I said please do. She also gave me something for nausea. Well that did not work. I remained getting sick to my stomach and the last time was about thirty minutes before time that I could go home. She called Dr Z one more time and he prescribed a stronger med and it worked, finally about three hours pass the time to go home. Now I have been home and it is pass the time to where I can get up and stay up, I feel great and am thankful I have all this behind me.