They were right when they said it was big and blue.
I had the first of my final five treatments on Friday, different machine, different room, different team.
The shape is the same, but this one is blue all over, not just the knobs.
I had to lie on my side and using the template from my God appointment, my skin was marked accordingly so that they could ‘home in’.
The original treatment had the machine going round me, but this one has an attachment that joins the dots sotospeak and stays still. Whereas the other machine was about six to ten inches from my body, this one is only about 4.
I have a lot going for me insomuch as my skin is in good condition and the water based cream is doing its job in keeping it hydrated.
Cooking time is only about a minute and not set by a timer as such, but a loaded dose.
It doesn’t hurt, but does start to tingle pretty rapidly!
I was told to expect to be more tender, sore, and ‘tanned’ as the rays are direct and concentrated, so after just one treatment, I am feeling a difference. The square area treated has already turned a darker shade of mottled and is tender to touch.
I have taken to wearing one of my old and bigger bras in bed at night because I get so hot, and those extra couple of inches help keep the chaffing down.
I have one treatment every day next week until Thursday. This could well be the worst time of all, but who knows.
Then it’s all over.
Apparently I can expect to still feel the effects of treatment up to three weeks after it’s finished, then a further six weeks or so before the tiredness begins to abate.
I’ll be given another appointment with God (or hopefully one of his associates) for six weeks after my last session, then it’s full recovery and regular check ups all the way.
The timeframe has been a little under five months:
Detection 19th September, surgery 31st October, final radiotherapy session 26th January.
All on the NHS.