Finally, I've started radiation treatments. Wahoo! Okay, it's not exactly a party but it isn't bad. The treatments only take about ten minutes and the techs are fun to work with. If you can get past being topless in front of a bunch of people, it's not a big deal. I'm long over the whole topless thing. I lost my last shred of dignity when I had to spend two full days naked, with a catheter hanging out of me, in a glass walled room full of people at Mayo when I had treatment for a uterine fibroid. I think there were twelve people coming and going through that one. Nothing much embarrasses me any more.
Each week day I go into the cancer center, change into a gown, and wait to be taken to the treatment room. It's pretty much like the sim: gown comes off, lay on the table, feet strapped together, bumper under the knees, arms up overhead and held still by my custom bean bag pillow thing. A couple of techs line up my tattoos and leave the room, then I start doing gated breathing and the radiation thingie zaps at my chest. Turns out I'm really good at gated breathing. The techs kept telling me I was the best gated breather they've ever had, and I was all proud of myself, but then I found out that the breath monitor is a brand new piece of equipment at the cancer center so only a couple of us have used it. Still, I asked for a banner and a crown. Hey, a title is a title. It's not often I'm declared the best of something.
After my first treatment, I got dressed and headed out to the front desk. As I passed through the waiting room I was surprised to see my mom sitting at a table working a jig saw puzzle. She was all settled in with a cup of coffee and a muffin like this was just another part of her routine. I had told her that she was welcome to come to the cancer center anytime, but I am able to drive myself so I really didn't expect her to come. She brought me a snack size Butterfinger candy bar. I love my mom. She was there the next day, too. With another Butterfinger. After my treatment I sat down with her, and we finished the jig saw puzzle together.