I’ve nearly completed half of my radiation treatments and I know many of you have questions about how it is going. So far the major side effects are a bit of tummy upset and having to get up every morning at 5:30 so I can be at the clinic at 7:00 am. The other effect is mind numbing boredom.
Here is what I have been doing to beat the boredom:
On the way to the clinic I’ll travel in the freeway number 4 lane on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuesdays I’ll use the number 3 lane but on Friday’s I try to find a pickup truck to follow no matter what lane it is in.
At the clinic I purposely park in a different space everyday – even though that at 6:45 am I am the only car in the lot. There are about 15 spaces and I don’t expect to repeat a space until late next week.
When I go to the dressing room I pick a different changing room each day. There are four to pick from. I’ve been thinking of bringing a four-sided die so I can make the choice truly random.
I turn getting undressed into a logic problem: Each article of clothing must go into my bag one at a time. When I dress after treatment I can only take out one item at a time and in reverse order – FILO (first in last out). What is the most efficient way to undress and pack my bag? Sadly I’ve solved this problem. The solution is: ring, watch and company ID badge go in first. Next my coat. Then pants followed by shirt with my jockey shorts on top. Think about it. I did, a lot.
While on the table in the radiation room I pretend to be somewhere else. Monday I pretended to be on a beach in Maui perfectly lying still in the sun. Tuesday I pretended to be on a beach in Kauai lying still in the sun. Wednesday I pretended to be on a beach on Kona lying still in the sun.
Tomorrow we’re off to Jamaica…
And an update on the giraffe design problem: It will be a recipe holder with a light. Materials include wood, wood veneer, brushed aluminum and clear plastic. I may include brass if mixing metals is still legal. I call it a giroaster. Drawings to follow.