SDianneB Posted December 7, 2004 Share Posted December 7, 2004 As Addie would say, I had my head in the toaster for the first time today! One more new thing in my life -- another first. I made a big mistake though in not specifically requesting to go back to the same techs who gave me the chest radiation. The 2 this morning are nice, but the others were really wonderful. They would greet me with hugs and we'd talk about our kitties and all kinds of things, and they were ever ready to answer questions. The ones this morning were all business -- nice enough, but more interested in getting me in and out of there. I asked how long I'd be there -- "not long." And they were gone. The dreaded mask from yesterday was clamped onto my face and head. Ack! That is a really awful feeling the first seconds when it goes on and feels like your head is in a vice grip! At least it was dry today and wasn't like having a wad of warm dough plopped onto my face! Eeeuuu. I'm becoming quite adept at calming myself. After so many scans and procedures, I figure it's about time. I learned years ago in lamaze class, of all places, that those "deep cleansing breaths" (breathing slowly in through the nose and slowly out through the mouth) are great for relaxing. I don't know if they help women in labor or not, but they are sure great for relaxation! Anyway, it just took me a few seconds to relax and settle into it. Then .... I saw the light! I saw the Light! lalala .... Seriously. Little streaks or fingers of blue lights - awesome! Just for a nanosecond. Some say they smell an odor like an oven warming up, but I didn't notice a smell -- just the lights. Really strange. In and out of there in 6 minutes or so. When I had chest radiation, I used to say that taking my blouse off and getting positioned took the most time, and now that I don't even have to do that, it goes really fast. All in all, I'd rather be bowling or something, but this won't be a problem at all -- not for 12 treatments. Last night, I got home and there was an EOB from the insurance company from the Radiation Oncologist for early in November. Since I hadn't seen him since Oct. 18th, I took it with me and asked about it this morning. Seems as though they have 2 patients now with the same name! Yikes! Got the insurance straightened out, but I hope they keep the rest of our stuff separated! That was a little scary thought! The worst is that my 91 year old mother got really weepy and lonesome to see me over Thanksgiving, so says my niece. They wanted to fly me home to surprise her at Christmas, but I just can't plan that far ahead right now given that I have no idea how this will affect me. We'll try to make this happen in the spring though, for sure. So far, so good. Will see what I feel the next 24 hours, and will report on that the next time. Anyone else want to chime in? Di Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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