• Karen

No second radiation treatment

Updated: Mar 10, 2020

Where I get my brain zapped

Much to our surprise, Dr. Frye and Dr. Sipos decided to do the entire radiation treatment in one session yesterday. The upside is that we don't have to drive an hour there and back today for a second treatment. The downside is that it was a long appointment, not only because they decided to do it all in one treatment but also because they had some trouble aiming the beam at one of the tumors. We're not sure which of the three tumors was involved, but apparently it was difficult to direct the beam where it needed to go without other body parts being in the way. So they had to make some adjustments, and David was on the table for an hour and 45 minutes.

After it was over, he said it was reaching the point where he didn't think he could take much more, because his back was hurting and the face mask, which as you'll recall is bolted into the table to keep his head perfectly still, was pressing so hard on his face that it was digging into the bridge of his nose. We got home around 8 p.m., hungry and tired but glad that we don't have to go back.

We were expecting, because the tumors are smaller this time and David needed fewer radiation treatments, that the post-radiation fatigue wouldn't be as extreme as last time, but Dr. Frye said that might not be the case. Time will tell, but we're still hopeful. If it's like last time, the worst of the fatigue won't kick in for about a week and David will be able to take naps to energize himself this weekend so he can visit extensively with Mark, Shelli, Phil, and Dianne.