Tuesday, December 11, 2012

More Practice for Radiation

Our day started out with Liam having non stop temper tantrums and crying at a drop of a dime. It was a tough morning to say the least, it must be so tiring for Liam having the tantrums. I figured he would be exhausted for the afternoon, we had arrangements to go for another "radiation practice". I didn't think it would go well, but Liam came through and did a great job.

Liam got another chance to play with the bed and machine controls. Then Liam put Felix the frog on for a trial run, you can see where the mask gets fastened to the table.

Then it was Liam's turn to get up on the bed and put the mask on.

This time the therapist fastened the mask to the bed and I left the room (she didn't actually fasten it last time). I watched from the control room where they have monitors, she moved the bed and machine around to see if Liam would be okay. Then the therapist left the room while he was fasted to see how he would react. (No one can be in the room with Liam during radiation) Liam just watched Cars on the iPad without moving. The white spots on the mask where Liam's eyes are will get cut out, but initially they need the full mask, Liam was okay with watching the movie through the mesh.

Liam sat with the mask clamped on longer than an actual treatment today. There is setup, etc, but the time of treatment with the mask on will be around 10 minutes.

Things are looking positive to do the radiation without anesthetic, so we will give it a try.

The start of radiation has been delayed again (the doctor is very busy), it looks like we should start Monday. It's hard to be disappointed, but also frustrating because we just want to get it over with. Radiation is key in preventing recurrence of this evil disease, so that's always going to be at the back of our minds.


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