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First radiation appointment

I searched the internet for days. I could not find anything about the very first radiation appointment. I didn’t want information on the first radiation session but on the first appointment.

What happens when they say they measure you? What do you wear. Do you have to get undressed (you know, for matching underwear’s sake)

So, for the sake of keeping record and someone else searching for the same answer, here goes.

It is not the same as getting radiation on your face. This I know from when Tommie had skin cancer and got radiation for that. There they make a mask that you will wear with every session. The mask gets fixed to the table so that you can’t move. Since I am claustrophobic, I am hugely thankful I don’t have to do that.

I met up with one of the nurses, who went through the treatment with me. How many sessions and what it will cost. Let’s just say that I am thankful that we have medical aid. I signed many a form and got some advice on ointment I could use. I was also told that I could not get any water on the radiation site, which basically means I won’t have a proper bath for that seven weeks and four weeks after radiation stops. Here’s to hoping that we have a long winter.

After that I went to radiology for a scan. Well, they gave me a little piece of cloth that is supposed to go around my chest. I will wear this at every session. I found it hilarious. There I was lying with said boob cloth and they pull it up to take measurements and put it back. Over and over again. I mean really….were they trying to hide my breast from me because clearly they needed to see. (Yes, I know most people feel more comfortable having it covered) Also, once radiation actually starts I will feel more comfortable being covered too).

My arms were up in some contraction and off I went into the machine. Lights were used to make sure I was correctly positioned. Once they were happy, I got my very first tattoo ever. Then three more. Just four tiny dots to make sure I lie in the same position every time.

Four tiny dots that will a permanent reminder of what I have been through…

4 responses

  1. I hope radiation is easier than chemo. I’m begging for all this to be over. I love you so much. 💜

    June 19, 2018 at 12:01 am

    • Slowly but surely we are getting there.

      June 21, 2018 at 7:52 am

  2. Isabel

    Maybe once this last vestige of terror and torture if over you should design a proper tattoo 🙂 . You very much amaze me with your resilience going through this unimaginable ordeal. Much love from far far away! XOXO

    June 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    • Thank you so much! I have been contemplating a tattoo. I’ve always said that I would never get one… I also never planned on getting cancer. So just maybe I will get one 🙂

      July 6, 2018 at 8:01 pm

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