Well, it's a done deal! Had my last treatment at Stanford yesterday. I won't be back there for six more months for a MRI to confirm the death of the tumor. (Toomer -- my last name is Tolmer, so it seemed appropriate).
On day three, everything went just like the previous days -- was given the Decadron and the anti-nasea pill and onto the table I went. I was VERY relaxed and even opened my eyes a few times to see "Dino" (the nickname Stanford uses for the CyberKnife machine) moving around me.
After treatment, I actually went to an outlet store and bought some new shoes! Went home and went to bed. I actually did not sleep well last night, I don't know if it is the build-up of the steroid pills or just my mind racing about all the things I want to accomplish now that treatment is behind me.
This morning I have fullness in my right ear. I woke up feeling very tired, but I am drinking a cup of coffee and starting to come out of the fog. I am planning on going to work and on with my life (thanks Mary for the encouragement!)
Dr. Soltys reminded me when I left yesterday that I have been on steroids for the last 3 days and the steroids are masking any symptoms I might have. (No more steroids.) He said "don't be surprised if you have some symptoms but they are ALL transient and you can call us if you need anything." I will be sure to keep you up to date on my progress.
For any of you considering CyberKnife, I have to say that this seems like a miracle to me. The doctors say 96% chance the tumor will die and the treatments were VERY easy. Now it is healing time. Also Dr. Chang did mention to me that his CyberKnife patients do seem to be impatient about the healing process because the treatments are so easy -- his surgery patients expect ups and downs and a long process of healing and the CyberKnife patients because of the ease of the treatment seem to forget they have a healing process too.
One day at a time, but the outlook is good.