Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Overcast, Thunderstorms, Temperature 96 Degrees
Treatment Has Begun
I have been looking forward to this day for oh so long. The first day of treatment for my prostate cancer and a day to get answers to some questions.
Today’s treatment was scheduled for 12:30 pm. The time is different each day based on the number, age, and type of patients that they will see on that day. They work from 6:30 am until 10 pm, or later. They explained to me that they don’t stop until everyone scheduled for a given day is actually treated.
There are five treatment rooms each designated by a particular color. I’m currently in Proton 5 – Green, but will be switched sometime in the future to Proton 3-Yellow.
I have my official badge which I use to check in each day. On the reverse side is a schedule of days and times of treatments. The time for your next appointment is only given at the conclusion of your current one. Would it be nice to have a full schedule of days, dates, and times? Absolutely! But they have their system, it has worked for years, so I have no problem with it. Especially, given the first rate treatment that one receives.
I now know that I will receive a total of forty treatments. The treatments are Monday thru Friday. My last treatment will be on September 15th. I can only hope that I never end up with either a 6:30 am or 10 pm treatment time. If I do, so be it I’ll just have to deal with it.
A typical treatment is on average about ten to fifteen minutes. However, today was about thirty minutes since they checked, double checked and triple checked the placement of the internal and external markers and so much more. I feel absolutely comfortable in their care.
Treatment over, time to head home.
Once home it was time to grill up some hamburgers. Of course, in order to do this I needed that orange and white umbrella in the background. Oh no, I wasn’t about to let a little rain chase me away from the barbeque grill. You have to realize afternoon rain is as predictable here this time of year as is sunrise and sunset. You just have to learn to deal with it.
That was our day on The Road of Retirement. I’m so excited that I’m finally on my way to getting over this speed bump on the road of my life. I’m thrilled that my treatment is at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. They truly deliver first class service and everyone here is so friendly and professional. I would not want to be treated anywhere else. When I think back to how I got here it is evident that God was opening doors all along the way. Yes, we are indeed two of the most blessed and fortunate people in the world.
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