So for anyone following the story, a brief correction.
I thought I was starting my stereotactic radiation this past Monday. I understood I’d just hand over my CT CDs and the doctor would immediately start, like, waving a light saber around over my chest. Presto!
Instead, there was planning. I again met with the radiation oncologist at Sunnybrook, who did indeed review my CT scans. We talked again about pros and cons, and my newly grown lesion led him to tell me there were more ‘pros’ to proceed, now. Then after a bit of sitting reading in a gown (WHY are they always that ugly light blue?), two technicians put me onto a CT scan table and pushed, formed, and measured a body mould around me, to completely immobilize my torso. Next, a metal plate was screwed down onto my chest. With the combination of body mould pushing in at the sides, the CT table below, and the metal plate above, I could only take the shallowest breaths (like dog panting or Kapalabhati/breath-of-fire breathing). My arms overhead, I was then fed into the CT scan for a longish (30 minute) scan to help zone in on my lesions. Next, tiny tattos were drawn on a connect-the-dot way on my chest, also apparently to help target things for the laser. Finally, the technicians kindly helped me unwedge my shoulders, turn, and get out of the mould, and briefly back into the terrible blue gown.
So now that all the data and targeting is done, my radiation sessions are set up as follows:
Wednesday October 15 – 1:00 pm
Friday October 17 – 9:20 am
Monday October 20 – 2 pm
Wednesday October 22 – 1 pm
Friday October 24 – 1 pm
Each session will be about 30-40 minutes. My only tasks in the next 2 weeks are: avoid coming down with a cold (so I won’t cough and throw the laser shooting off); avoid major weight gain or loss (ugh, no pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving I guess). The other task I’m setting myself is figuring out how to stay calm when I’m in that mould having a laser knife shoot at me. Ordinarily, deep breaths are a good method…unavailable in this instance. Whisky would likely be frowned upon. Throwing it out to the universe for suggestions?