I've been going for a week and a half. And I keep meaning to tell you about it, but I think "I have to get pictures next time" and always forget.
So, instead of waiting to remember to take pictures 'next time' I will let you know what I think of radiation now.
I may never remember my camera.
There are 2 rooms they use - unit 1 and unit 2 - the machines are loud and mega loud respectively.
But I don't discriminate -I hate both units.
The ladies working there are quite nice. Their whole job is to line me up 'just right'. They have calculators, lasers and my mold to help them. They are constantly calling out numbers at each other across the way. Kind of like at the Seattle fish market.
But less stinky.
I sometimes wonder what will happen if one of them calls out a number and the other one mishears her - will they radiate the wrong body part? That would suck.
After about 5 minutes of rearranging me, all the healthy people leave the room and I am left with the machine. It moves all around me, sometimes coming quite close to me then other times backing away. It makes a buzzing noise while it radiates me.
I have 7 buzzing noises in 12 minutes.
I don't know if that is a little or a lot.
But it's irritating.
I sometimes have a small panic attack in there since I get claustrophobic and the noises don't help. They make it worse. I count the times til I am done - 13 more!
So far the skin has darkened a bit, and has a light pink shade to it, but nothing too much. I've heard horror stories about people's skin falling off during radiation so I am expecting the worst, but so far, it's not bad.
Of course, it may just be too early to count my chickens.
Brad will come with me on monday and promises to take pictures! When he does, I will post them so you can see what I'm talking about.
In other news - my hair is a 'darker shade of bald' (as one other blogger put it). Brad keeps telling me he thinks it's growing back, but so far, I don't see it. In fact, the little small amount of fluff that remained is now falling out. It seems backwards doesn't it? I'll keep you posted and as soon as I see a reasonable amount of hair, I'll share a picture for you to see too!
We will then have officially hit all the milestones.
Which brings us to my next thought: I have a feeling this blog may soon have run it's course... there is very little 'new' information left to share.
I haven't figured out how I feel about that yet.
Don't worry, I will say a proper goodbye when the time comes.