Radiotherapy Number 1 – update

Well the treatment went well but the drive home was another matter!

We decided to get an Uber home and it was actually a very nice car.

We wiggled through the streets northbound away from the hospital.

We had just reached the North Circular Road when I started to feel sick. Not a rumbling but a feeling in my stomach.

I hoped it would pass.

As we neared the M11 I asked Barbara if she had a carrier bag in her bag, she gave me a strange look until I explained.

She then produced a poo bag from her pocket, at least I had a bag if the worst happened.

We drove up the M11 and I was feeling worse.

As we passed the Harlow turnoff I asked the driver to pull onto the Hard Shoulder.

He had barely stopped and I was out of the car retching over the crash barrier!

I threw up a couple of times, just a clear fluid, not a carrot in sight!

What were people thinking as they sped past?

I regained my composure and got back into the car.

Not far to home and thats where I wanted to be.

I managed to make it home without a repeat incident.

I have since eaten and while I feel pretty rough and tired I don’t think I will be sick again🤞.

Did I receive a big dose of radiation today, I don’t know but it’s never effected me like this before, I shall discuss it tomorrow with the Radiographer.

For now it’s bed for me, I feel done in.

💤💤💤

Radiotherapy Number 1

Back to UCLH today for the first of five Radiotherapy Treatments. Not my first Radiotherapy and in fact it’s my third set having been treated before at the North Middlesex Hospital and UCLH.

My appointment time is 5pm so a bit late in the day for my liking but the train is fairly empty which is good.

The annoying thing is I got a phone call from the radiotherapy department asking me if I would be there for 4.30pm! They have no concept that people need to travel in and we aim for the appointment times given.

Previously I have tolerated Radiotherapy pretty well so I am hoping it will be the same again.

The main difference this time is they are targeting two sites on my spine so I guess that means a double dose?

We arrived promptly at 5pm and was soon called forward to wait in another area.

We were given a quick briefing and a chance to ask questions.

I asked about the double dose and the radiographer said it was not a double but two single doses.

I guess there is a difference but not that I can understand 🤔.

Soon I was called into the room with the machine!

Nice lighting with The XX playing in the background, very relaxing.

Because I was having two sites treated I would go through the process of positioning, X Ray and treatment twice.

It was fairly quick and easy and you don’t feel nothing during treatment.

Did it really happen?

Then it was time to get dressed and I was given my schedule for the week.

1 down 4 to go👍.