Today I did the first of three "Stereotactic Brain Irradiation" treatments. It took about an hour of being locked onto a narrow table with the primary locks being on my head. They wrapped my arms up, too, but that had to do with the table being so narrow that there was no place for my arms. They had a nice stereo in there and I listened to some Brian Eno and The Mercury Program dealt out by Pandora, which was very nice - getting to choose your own music. One of the techs was also a Brian Eno fan. Anyway, afterward, I was not tired. I was a tad wonky from lying in one place for 45 minutes, but after that, I felt ok. Jai and I grabbed a sushi and then I drove home without any issue. I took a little nap (2 hours) and got up to use the restroom and it was at that point that I was certain that I wasn't going to get anything done today. I went back to sleep for another 2 hours. We'll see how tomorrow goes. The next treatment is Thursday.
In the meantime, I have been exposed to gamma rays. ;)
4/30/2012 11:45:51 am
Well done, friend! It isn't so scary once you've been there -- and it beats the heck out of more surgery! Get your zzzz's and soon it will all be over. Have you ever seen the play, "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Marigolds"? Its a good play, but I don't think the playwrite knew anything about radiation! Hang in there!
Vanessa Jump Nelson
4/30/2012 02:48:38 pm
Hey Kevin, that's great! You are through the first round. Did they give you a little gekko pin? I'm surprised they let you drive after the procedure, in case there was any kind of reaction to it. But that's great that everything seems to be working fine after the gamma knife, and you seemed to play really well at the gig on Saturday! It was fun to have you back.
5/2/2012 12:11:11 pm
So happy to hear that this treatment went so well. Don't overdo it. Should you drive after a treatment? OK, I'm not your mother...
8/22/2012 08:57:46 pm
Radiation therapy treats cancer by using high energy to kill tumor cells.Looking for more updates from your side.Thanks
8/28/2012 04:28:46 pm
People with limited stage small cell lung cancer usually have radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Although some time it is very painful therapy.
7/5/2013 03:50:05 pm
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It's me, Kevin, but with a brain tumor. Disclaimer: I have a very dry and twisted sense of humor. This is a scary situation. The jokes ("tumor humor") could be a little dark from time to time. I intend to keep this rather interesting for you, but if I get a "how could you SAY that?!?" response from you, know it's just, well, I hesitate to use "gallows" humor, but I don't have better phrase for it. Enjoy, and thanks for your support through this time.