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Postby Rumpshot » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:57 pm

49 more trips to the dungeon and get strapped to the torture table.

Photon radiation this time as opposed to proton radiation last time.

Twice a day, Monday through Friday, for 5 weeks. When I pull up the appointments on my website portal, it shows 76 appointments pending...

They do play music while I am strapped to the table. The mask is a tight fit and I cannot open my eyes. Even worse, there is pressure on my eyeballs for the whole time and I have difficulty focusing for a period of time when they release me.

The good news is the American Cancer Society is providing me lodging at the Hope Lodge in Phoenix. I have a private bedroom/bath and share the kitchen, dining and living area with 5 other couples. So I am here on the Mayo Campus. I do get to go home on weekends.
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Postby randy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:06 pm

Hang in there!

Keep in touch when you can, let us know if we can help with anything.
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Postby Weetabix » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:35 pm

+1 ;)
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Postby Vonz90 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:12 pm

Weetabix wrote:+1 ;)


+2

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Postby 308Mike » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:36 am

randy wrote:Hang in there!

Keep in touch when you can, let us know if we can help with anything.

ABSOLUTELY!!! Please keep in touch, and let us know if we can help in any way!!
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Postby Rumpshot » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:47 pm

I mis-stated above. I am undergoing Proton radiation, last time was Photon.

Went on the "Glow Club" tour today and had the lead Physicist as our guide. There are 22 facilities similar to this one in the country, several of which are under construction. Pretty amazing stuff. They start with producing hydrogen, strip the proton from the molecule, accelerate it in the syncrotron and shoot it down to the 4 treatment room gantries. Each gantry has to wait their turn for the "beam."

The tour took us behind the scene to see the actual gantry that is where the beam is presented to the patient. The each gantry is over 100 tons!

Damned amazing stuff.

7 treatments behind me, 43 to go. I started getting "sun burned" yesterday. I think I can feel it in my throat when I eat. Hope it isn't much worse, will be nice to have the weekend break.
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Postby Netpackrat » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:30 pm

You know Rumpshot, they say that no man is an island unto himself.

Except for you. You're a Three Mile Island unto yourself.

Seriously though hang in there, we are all pulling for you.
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Postby Old Grafton » Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:00 am

God Bless you Brother; it's a hard road. May you see it through and prosper!
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Postby SoupOrMan » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:08 am

Seriously, if there's anything we can do, let us know.

Other than sending whiskey and women by mail. The whiskey gets stolen and the women don't always show up in the best of moods.
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Postby McClarkus » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:19 pm

Hang tight man, I'm praying for you.
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Postby Rumpshot » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:06 pm

Thanks guys. Mostly what you can do, is just keep on keeping on. Nothing that you can do for me right now. Moral support is always welcome. If you happen to be in the Phoenix area in the next 4 weeks, stop by Mayo Clinic Hospital campus and say hi.
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Postby Weetabix » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:55 pm

I hope the doctor in the room at least shouts to the tech, "Mr. Sulu! Fire Proton Torpedoes!"
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Postby skb12172 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:01 pm

You are a tough old bastard. All the best and let us know if you need anything.
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Postby Rumpshot » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:02 pm

I learned Friday afternoon that the mask they bolt me to the table with is made out of Kevlar...
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Re: 1 down, 49 to go

Postby Rich Jordan » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:18 pm

Vely intelesting on the bulletproof mask... Best wishes for best outcome.

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Postby Mike OTDP » Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:44 am

When this is all over with, we'll have to get you to the range with a matchlock.

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Postby Rumpshot » Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:39 pm

Mike OTDP wrote:When this is all over with, we'll have to get you to the range with a matchlock.


Mike, that could happen. I have an older friend that builds matchlocks and wheellocks from scratch. He also makes some really beautiful jaegers. (I spelled it wrong and my spellcheck isn't helping this morning.)
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Re: 1 down, 49 to go

Postby Rumpshot » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:28 pm

Laying on the table this morning thinking how to describe the "procedure."

Lay down on a hard surfaced coffee table with a pillow under your knees, loop a loose belt around your toes to keep your feet mostly together, lay a damp towel across your upper chest and face/head. Now lay still for 20-30 minutes. It is okay to play your favorite music in the background.

I get to do this twice a day, Monday-Friday.

Assuming 25 minutes per session (some go faster, some don't) it means I get to be strapped down on the table for 1250 minutes over 5 weeks time. That works out to 20.8333 hours! About 450 minutes of that I will be getting Proton Radiation.

Definitely not a good place to be claustrophobic.
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Postby blackeagle603 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:16 pm

So it's not BOHICA? It's just HICA? 2x a day...

Lay back, relax and think of England.
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