Monday, 11 January 2010

Zappy new year!

Things are hotting up on the treatment front with the initial zap hitting home at lunch time today.

My chief zapper, or Radiologist in hospital speak, is called Laura - didn't ask if she had an uncle Frank. Though did ask what the team called the mighty machine that spun round to zap both sides of my neck. I don't think they shared my sense of the absurd though - so its Linear Accelerator No 3. Today therefore its no nonsense and science instead.

The linear accelerator uses microwave technology (like radar) to accelerate electrons inside the machine which then generates high-energy x-rays. The high energy x-ray beam is then directed at the tumor.. The patient lies on a moveable treatment couch and lasers are used to make sure the patient is in the proper* position. Radiation can be delivered to the tumor from any angle by rotating the gantry and moving the treatment couch. Science over.

*the patient is also pinned in place by their mask, which Laura did say is subject to shrinking and may therefore get tighter! Oh goody. Since it was only 10 minutes I thought I'd be fine, but a quick look in a mirror showed that my giant forehead looked like a meshed potato.

Only 34 zaps to go.

1 comment:

  1. The peanut butter got on his neck after he scratched it whilst eating soggy toast at breakfast.
    A million-to-one? A billion-to-one? Who knows, but the linear accelerator refracted off the peanut oil agitating the electrons.
    These in turn caused the x-rays to transmogrify and mutate and assimilate with Dougie's DNA.
    Outwardly, he appeared normal, but the freak mutation had given him powers beyond belief.
    Invisibility was but one, as was the ability to sing like Mika and SuBo.
    But the most devastating power had to be suppressed, only to be unleashed when justice demanded it.
    With a squint of his eye and a barely audible 'The power of peanuts compels you!" Dougie changed into Peanut Butter Man.
    Spreading joy and... well... peanut butter throughout the land.