We arrived on time, checked in at the main info area, and went back to the gamma knife office, waited until someone eventually realized we were there. Nurse Beverly took good care of us, brought us to my personal waiting room with a big medical "throne" for me and some chairs for others. There was a nurse from Bellevue assisting Beverly so that she could learn about gamma knife up close and personal. Because I had been told it was okay to wear my own clothes, just no zippers or metal, I didn't have to put on the yucky hospital gown It always makes me feel more in control if I can wear my own clothes.
After conforming my name and birthdate, Beverly walked us through the day, so to speak, and told us what to expect.
|Not me but another patient |
getting the framework attached
After the MRI we went back to my waiting room while Dr Vermeulen, Dr Foltz and a physicist coordinated my treatment plan, based on whether my three brain mets had changed in any way. (I neglected to ask if they had changed.)
|Gamma knife machine|
I must have been wheeled back to my waiting area, where Nurse Beverly and her assistant in training successfully removed all the framework. Again, it hurt some but was not overwhelmingly painful. My head was left very numb, kind of like what you experience when going to the dentist and one side of your lip and jaw feel funny when compared to the other. It felt like I was wearing a plastic cap on top of my head. They placed bandaids on each of the front two insertion spots, but just used antibiotic ointment on the back two spots.
I am on a slowly reducing plan of steroids to prevent swelling at the insertion sites and at the spot which got zapped. I go in for a follow up in one month and will get another MRI at that time to really see what's going on.
I'm told to expect some fatigue and sleepiness today and should be fine tomorrow. I've already had one major nap on the hammock Rik set up in the back yard. I will keep you posted as things develop.