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3rd Radiation Treatment of 20
Radiation Dose Received to Date: 4.5Gy
Total Dose Prescribed: 30Gy

Today I have my third radiation treatment. It’s funny how strange it feels when you’re in the bunker. Even though they are watching me on closed-circuit TV, listening to me through an intercom, and it doesn’t take more than a couple minutes, it is the loneliest place I have ever been.

I am getting used to the routine. It seems they do four shots of radiation at me. Three are from the top and the last one is through my back. I always know that I am almost done because the gantry (head) of the unit swings around underneath me and the table I am lying on lifts up to allow it to get under there.

For some reason I am very anxious this afternoon after the rads. I am tired and a little short of breath. I’m sure it is just stress. I feel better after Cass gets home and takes me to dinner. We have spicy Vietnamese noodle soup. Yummy. I feel even better after a ‘pam’ (lorazepam).

One of the possible side effects of the rads is a burning skin rash. To help minimize this Cass rubs lotion on me every evening. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

“It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again!”. Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs

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