My first afternoon visit was with the brain radiation doctor. Imagine my excitement when I learned that the brain radiation is a ONE time thing! Say, what?! They will use a gamma knife process since it is on a smaller location. The procedure itself will be an outpatient hospital visit that is rather lengthy (530 am – 2pm-ish) with the setup, procedure and discharge. But it’s one and done – yay! They will target the area of my brain that had surgery and radiate the area to keep the cancer away. Side effects that day and the following are headache, swelling and temporary hair loss from the area. There are long term effects regarding the area but overall, it sounds like the rewards outweigh the risks to me. I do have a question written down for my oncologist about my chemo pills, as the radiation oncologist recommends against taking them the day before, day of and day after the procedure.
My second afternoon appointment was to have my stitches removed – wahoo!! The nurse agreed that they were definitely ready to come out (and itchy!). A few snips and they were gone! My head is healing well, I have no neurological defects and I can resume normal activities like driving. Yay!! The neurosurgeon that performed my craniotomy will also fit my head for the headpiece that I will wear the morning of the radiation procedure.
Today was a good day, friends! Now, what to eat… 🍊🍉🍋🍌🍍🍎🍏🍐🍑🍒🍓🍅🍆🌽🌶🍄🍇😉