Doc, I think we all should make it a tradition to post our picture-in-mask on this forum - what d'ya think, Connie?
Connie, thanks for the BART pass offer, but we went west. My wife used to live in this area and frequently visited her mother living in Santa Cruz, so a trip down the coast was memory lane for her. The weather prediction was low 70s all week, but it's been in the 90s since we've been here . . . go figure.
My experience in this process so far is just what Connie and Doc have said here - ain't no big thing. But for anyone wanting to know why it "ain't no big thing", read on:
Iâ€™ve just undergone day 3 â€“ day 2 being a day off and a trip for my wife and me to the coast where we downed a beer sitting on the sand watching surfers and sea otters at Scott Creek beach. The doctors and technicians spent the day programming the robot.
But day 3: the room is smallish with little but the robot and the table upon which I laid (and a little CD player with great music). Dr. Gibbs was there briefly along with another doctor (whose name escape me, but Iâ€™ll try to get it for tomorrow) and two CyberKnife therapists (one of whom introduced himself as Jackie). After I took a steroid for swelling (Dr. Gibbs described my alien as â€œgenerousâ€) and a pill for nausea, we got right to it â€“ I want to fry this sucker. I was down for about 45 minutes with the mask securing me to the table. It was a bit tight, but thatâ€™s the point. The pressure was mostly at the nose, mouth, and chin. They kindly asked me if I was warm enough and, even though I was fine at the time, I get cold easily, so to be prepared, Jackie brought me a blanket. The therapists folded around me a â€œwrapâ€ of sorts to keep me on the table. My wife shot a picture that Iâ€™ll try to upload when I get home and everyone left the room so the party could begin.
As I mentioned, I was down for about 40 minutes. It was very quiet in the room. The volume on the music was very low and I could hear it clearly. The therapists came in to check on me after about 30 minutes and reassured me that the small head movements I was forced to make swallowing from time to time, or from taking deep breaths offered no challenges to the procedure. The in-room controller lasers would readjust the robot as needed and if my positioning got too out of whack, the therapists would see it from the control room from which they monitored constantly and would stop the procedure, come out themselves and readjust my table.
Right now itâ€™s 3 Â½ hours post treatment. I have fullness and tinnitus but I canâ€™t say itâ€™s any more or less than it was last week. Dr. Gibbs said I might have the fullness, but in any case, there is no pain.
I expect I'll write tomorrow, but I don't expect I'll have much to say that will be different than what I've written today.
'K, time for wine . . .