Dress Rehearsal

I had my “dress rehearsal” today for radiation.  My appointment was at 9:45 a.m.  I dropped Gracie at school and headed that way, after a quick stop for coffee.  Once I arrived and signed in, they called me back right away.  I was escorted to a locker room where I stripped down from the waste up, changed into a “gown”, locked my stuff in a locker, and headed back to the radiation area.  I met up with the two Radiation Techs that were going to work with me and they immediately introduced me to the room where I will receive all 28 treatments.  The machine isn’t, but looks a lot like a CT scan machine for those of you that know what that looks like.  Unfortunately, I am all too familiar.  I laid down on the table, raised my arms back, shifted my head to the left – all in a mold they made specifically for me.  My legs were secured in a brace.  After some work to line me up exactly where they need me for radiation, the machine rotated right over my chest and took x-rays.  They drew on me like a blank canvas – imagine a black sharpie all over my chest, specifically my right breast.  They took a few physical pictures for my file and then I was done.  The appointment was 30 minutes from the time I walked in to the time I walked out.  They will now share what they did today with my Radiation Oncologist.  She approves it (or makes changes) and then we are good to go.

I did ask if I was going to be radioactive during this process.  I didn’t know?!  You all (especially those that are around me often) will be happy to know I will not be.

So, I go in tomorrow for the real deal.  The process should be very similar to today.  I will let you know how it goes.  Wish me luck.


  1. Mary Johnson says:

    I always love the visuals you give!!!! Sounds like dress rehearsal went well – glad it was only 30 minutes! Yay! Praying all went well for the real deal this morning! We continue the prayers daily!

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