Archive for May, 2014

Treatment #7

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Treatment went smoothly again today, which was my last day of work for the next three weeks. I’m sure the time will go by quickly.

Treatment #6

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Everything went smoothly for this morning’s treatment, and we were on our way to work in 15 minutes.

Treatment #5

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Sandi and I drove separate again today. I arrived for treatment early, but still had to wait about 30 minutes. I asked about the delay, and they checked the schedule. Turns out someone had rescheduled me for 11:30. They didn’t know why or who, but they managed to fit me into the morning schedule anyway. There was no way I could make it for 11:30, and they said they knew that, which is why it didn’t make any sense.

Afterwards, they gave me a new calendar with my treatment schedule. Every appointment from now on is for 7:45. That sure makes it easy to remember.

Tonight I filed my short-term disability claim – last night I couldn’t get through on the phone, and was unable to create an account on the provider’s web site. I was able to reach them by phone tonight, though.

Treatment #4

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Sandi and I were a little late arriving for my appointment this morning, so I had to wait half an hour before they could treat me. I have to be seen by the doctor once a week, and today was the day for this week. So I had to wait another half hour after treatment. The doctor was actually not there, so the nurse saw me instead. She gave me some ointments to use if the skin becomes dry in the treated area, and asked me how I was doing. No fatigue or any other adverse effects from the treatment so far.

Memorial day (no treatment)

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Since the oncologist’s office also had today off, my treatment will end on Wednesday, June 11, instead of Tuesday.

Treatment #3

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Sandi and I rode work together again, with a side trip for my treatment.

Treatment #2

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Sandi and I drove separately today, and the half-hour drive to treatment took an hour because of traffic. So I was a little late arriving and had to wait a bit. No big deal.

First radiation treatment

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The treatment only took about three minutes, so Sandi and I were in and out of there within 15-20 minutes. I have to sign in on their computer when I arrive, which lets them know I’m there. I get changed, stow my clothes in a locker, then sit in the mens’ dressing/waiting room. I go in for the treatment, then go back and get dressed, and grab a complimentary cup of coffee on the way out.

We arrived at work not long after our usual time, but late enough that we had a hard time finding a parking space. Tomorrow and Friday mornings we’ll also be riding to work together, with a detour to the medical pavilion on the way.

Dry run

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Went to the Radiation Oncologist’s office this morning before work. I changed into my sheet again and was led into the treatment room. I laid down on the table with my legs on top of the mold. After positioning me, an x-ray was taken, more marks were made, and more stickers placed on them.

Afterward, they gave me my treatment schedule. I begin treatment tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. Most of the appointments are for 7:45, with a couple at 8:00.

When I arrived at work, I sent an email to my manager to let her know I’m applying for leave from 2-20 June.

Pre-treatment appointment

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Had my second appointment with Dr. F. today to go over my treatment and put markings that will help them line me up under the treatment machine. She did mention that radiation treatment, although it will prevent the same kind of cancer from recurring at the treated site, may cause other kinds of cancer, but that rarely happens.

A tech took me back to the CAT scan room after I used the mens’ changing room. I was able to keep my t-shirt and socks on, with a sheet wrapped around my waist.

I had to lie down on the scanning table, with a foam pellet-filled bag placed under my feet and legs. Once I was positioned, air was sucked out of the bag and it hardened into a mold that will be used in the treatment room. She also made markings on me (lines and ‘+’ symbols) to assist in aligning me correctly, and placed transparent stickers over them.

An initial CAT scan was done, and a head shot photo for my records. The next appointment is a “dry run,” where they place me on the table under the actual treatment machine, and take an x-ray. That appointment is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, at 7:30 am. For the daily treatments, I asked for afternoon appointments. I’m still not quite sure how this will work out.

It’s not a problem if I’m working, because we can just leave work early and go home after the treatment. When I’m not working, If I have morning appointments, Sandi will drive me to the appointment and drop me off at her friend’s place, who offered to let me stay there while she’s at work.

I plan to file for Short-Term Disability at work, but have to use five days of leave first. That will leave two weeks: the final week of treatment and the week afterwards. Unfortunately, I have only a few hours of leave, so I’ll have to have a negative balance approved.