On Thursday, I visited my fabulous friend Keetah for a pre-chemo haircut. My oncologist recommended I cut my hair as it supposedly makes it a little easier to cope with the hair loss if you start with short hair.
I haven’t had hair this short in 25 years so it is an adjustment but I am doing my best to channel my inner Katie Holmes. Now if only I could have her paycheque!
Friday was bone scan day. A bone scan is not for the faint of heart or the claustrophobic. It starts out okay, one little 25 gauge needle injection to make me radioactive, and then I wait. Two hours later the pictures are done.
I lie on a fairly narrow bed with a pillow for my head and behind my knees. Not bad so far. Then they add a couple of supports for my arms…..still okay. Then the tech puts my feet in a pigeon toed position and tapes them in place. That was weird. And then I am told not to move. Uh huh, right.
Next up the bed gets positioned and two large plates, marked low radiation high resolution with a little X in the middle, are moved into place. One plate is under me, the other above me. Each plate is about 2 feet by 2 feet.
I am warned that the top plate will get very close to me but to not worry as the plate has a sensor so it won’t actually touch. O-K, but, the machine is made by Siemens, I know their sensors aren’t always perfect. The plate gets closer and closer to my face, it’s about an inch a way and it seems to stop then it jerks down a bit more and then a bit more. I was really beginning to suspect that sensor may not be work and then it stops.
So then, I have to lie there with my feet taped together, a plate half an inch from my face and NOT move, and then the tech says she is leaving the room for a minute. All I can think is that when she comes back all she will find is a Sheryl pancake.
After a few minutes the bed starts to move and eventually my head is out from under the plate. From that point on, no problem.
Friday evening I got to see all my pals from St. Paul’s and have a couple drinks (don’t tell anyone, alcohol can cause cancer you know, I don’t want to sprout a second head or anything). It was so wonderful to see everyone, I’ve missed you guys!!
Your support, prayers, and thoughts mean so much to both me and Ian.