I went with Melanie down to the radiation therapy area so I could document how the brain boost portion of her treatment looks. We'll have to get some pictures of the full body another day.
The nurses from radiology come and give Melanie a nice ride down. It is quite a walk, so this is a great thing. Melanie says that the ride down makes her nauseous as well, so it is a good thing they always give her Adavan before they come.
Once in the radiation therapy room, she gets to change beds. During the brain boost, she lays on her back. The bed in the background is what they figured out today for the full body. She has to lay on her side now for that one.
After she lays down, they put the face mask on and then screw it down to the table. There is NO moving the head at this point!
You can kind of see a black line down the mask. This divides the head. Everything behind the black line is being treated and everything in front of the line is being blocked. Good thing the radiation only takes about three minutes, because Melanie feels very claustrophobic! She says she does not like radiation at all. It just makes her feel so yucky. Worse than chemo! Her glands get swollen and she just feels...blah. Only three more days!
Melanie had a visit from some friends in her ward, Monica and Mark Edlemeyer. Monica used to be Melanie's visiting teacher. It was nice of them to stop by. I know Melanie appreciated it, even though she was feeling a bit drugged up on Adavan. She is loving her cozy quilt from the faculty and staff at Providence Elementary. We like to read all the nice messages each person wrote. What a treasure! My dad was able to give Melanie a father's blessing before he left this evening. I know it brought a lot of comfort to her.
7 days until transplant!