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Example of a radiation mask

Example of a radiation mask

My day started off meeting with the radiation social worker. We mainly discussed employment issues and disability. I found out during our discussion, that she is from the same hometown as I am- Rockford, IL. Before our appointment finished she was paged by my radiation oncologist, he was ready for my simulation appointment.
I walked down the hall to a room with a CT scanner type machine. The techs showed me a mask that was molded out of a plastic mesh then they showed me what it looked like in a bag prior to being molded into a face. They had me lie on the table of the machine and put the mask over my face and clipped it to the table. Then they placed a band around my feet and gave me a foam ring to hold. Next they molded the mask to my face and let it dry. This mask would be used to restrain my head during treatment and be used to hold the markers of where to direct the radiation.
So I just laid there while a CT scan was completed and the radiation oncologist figured out what area of my brain he would target. While I was there I saw flashing lights and the pressure pain built up behind my left eye, so that I could not stand it. I felt like I was going to faint right on the table. I started raising the blue ring in the air as a sign of distress. One tech said, “Hold still just a few more minutes.” Finally the techs came out and placed the markers on my mask and unhooked me from the table.
One of the techs gave me a tour of the facility and the saw the room where I would spend 6.5 work weeks of my summer and I got my appointment time for my first treatment.
After my appointment, I walked to Macs for breakfast. Then I went home to get ready for my workout.
My WOD consisted of 30 minutes walking on the track, 10 minutes of strength training with 5-8# weights, and 10 minutes of stretching.

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