As the radiotherapist said as I was leaving – that smile’s not going to leave your face today is it:
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Because, YES, after Friday’s disappointment, we completed both Day 0 and treatment 1 today! I’m not entirely sure what time I went in, maybe 3.40pm, and I was out by 4pm!
I had taken paracetamol, ibuprofen and codeine before I went in, drunk/eaten plenty, slept well with a sleeping tablet, and we had a small plaster under the pain point on my head (which still seemed to ram my head more tightly into the mask). The music was set playing – something gentlish but recognisable (particularly enjoyed Caro Emerald at one point), and I couldn’t really see anything, but could hear the machine moving. Then I was SURE something new had happened – which sounded like treatment for about 30 seconds … then there was a big gap, and someone came in to ask me to hold on a little longer as half the treatment had been done, and they were just lining up for the second go (it’s SO hard to stay still on that rigid board) … then I heard the same noise (laser type noise?), and then a couple of minutes later, the team came to take the mask off (it is really tight to the head – as is needed) and we celebrated that this was done – before heading home (nice to be a passenger and watch the Manchester skyline)!
So, this appears to be the secret – meet a friend who is able to drive – for lunch – chat about all kinds of things, get taken to the hospital, and keep myself occupied whilst in the waiting room with our #waitingroomfeet (so who’s up for Wednesday/Friday this week?):
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Thanks to Shelley and Julie for getting me through those first two appointments – the future ones they say should be even swifter as they now know that they’ve got it! Meantime, I’m home, just firing up Fyre on Netflix, with some soup. I feel quite spaced out, overtired, a bit nauseous, and my back is definitely feeling like it’s had a gentle pummel. Definitely need a gentle week this week then! Thanks to you all for prayers and ‘good vibes’ – we got our ‘Magic Monday’!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.