Pelvis will be on the Radio soon

Posted on October 3rd, 2007 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

We went to radiotherapy as per usual. As I mentioned, I have been going through cycles of shivering or sweating, feeling completely chilled or overheating. Although I have been feeling a little better, I still haven’t completely got over this chest infection. This morning I was sweating so my concerned Registrar called us and asked me to check back into hospital for IV antibiotic treatment. Although the infection was originally viral, it seems to have developed a bacterial component that can be treated. As there were no beds available and a huge wait at ED, the Registrar arranged for my treatment to be done as an outpatient over three days after my radiotherapy.
While I was having my antibiotic injection, the Registrar also arranged my measure up in preparation for another intensive course of radiotherapy to be done on my pelvis. Although we won’t know until next week a more definite diagnosis, everything is gearing up for chemotherapy.
The measure-up made me feel pretty vulnerable. Laying down on the X-ray machine, having to take slide down every article of clothing covering my ‘pelvic’ region. Thankfully, they provided a ‘modesty sheet’.
So here I am, lying dead still in an X-ray machine, with a team of Radiotherapy Technicians drawing around my ‘groinal’ region (add it to the list of ‘Will Become a Word One Day’). While they are measuring, drawing and adjusting the machine, I am praying that a loose thread of the modesty sheet doesn’t get caught on someone’s watch when they walk away, or a slight breeze doesn’t send the sheet fluttering to the ground.
One of the anatomical locators for measurement seems to be the top of my (insert whistling sound here). It’s not the place you want cold steel rulers or tattoo implements anywhere near. Well, I don’t. Once all the measurements had been done, they gave me another tattoo as a reference point and sent me on my merry way. They are intending to do some intensive booster radiotherapy sessions on my pelvis when it is confirmed a plasmacytoma. So ends another day.

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