I’m now 2/3 of the way through radiation and seem to be doing well. I, of course, don’t have a baseline from which to judge. However, being around other people going through radiation and Dr. Higgins telling me that my side effects are mild tell me that I’m getting off fairly easy for now.
So far the biggest issue is fatigue. I seem to be getting more and more tired, which was supposed to happen and should continue to increase as I get closer to 30 of 30. It’s not that bad, but by 2pm in the afternoon I’m starting to yawn and have to re-caffeinate.
No burns yet, just some irritation in the throat/chest area. This irritation started causing acid reflux around 10 of 30 and got to be pretty painful each meal. I tried Zantac for a while and it helped but started taking Prevacid this weekend and that has taken care of the problem almost 100%.
Pictured: The head of the TrueBeam. These (lead, I think) bars reconfigure themselves to shape the radiation beam. This is what one of the four hits I get looks like (it has an inverted twin that gets me from the back). Some times when I come in and lay on the table I see the configuration from the last person. Once I saw almost all the lead bars open in a trapezoid shape, telling me that the person before me got a huge dose.
P.S. Going to radiation every day means extra driving time and extra waiting room time, especially on the days (each Monday) that I have to see the doctor. I’ve now churned through several audiobooks that I highly enjoyed; The Lords of Discipline, All 3 The Hunger Games books, and Tim Keller’s The Reason for God