Dawn had her last day of total body irradiation today. The last 4 days have been very busy for her. The radiation oncology folks are over in the main hospital, where Dawn was in July/August for her first round of chemo. Now that she's here at the new tower she has to be transported via ambulance to get her radiation treatments.
Dawn was hoping they used sirens. No, but they did use the big air horn.
Dawn and Mom on the ambulance
Her radiation treatments went ok and the doctors are surprised she hasn't been nauseous or had any other real side effects from the radiation. Her pain has gone away almost completely. They have her on a constant pain med infusion plus a PCA (patient-controlled analgesia) where she can hit the button when she needs more. She hasn't really needed the button much and they've reduced the dose that automatically goes into her central line. The pain meds can make her a bit lethargic and loopy at times.
Her transplant tomorrow is a GO! At around 10am the nurse will come in and hook up the cord blood to her pump. It will take about 30 minutes and her transplant will be done! Somewhere in this world are two mothers who have no idea that because they chose to donate their cord blood, they are saving someones life tomorrow. I know they'll likely never read this blog, but THANK YOU!
Custom shields block radiation from the lungs
Rice flour? They said it scattered the radiation or something around the head?
Hanging photos in the room. Lots of good times, and lots more to come!
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