I was just about ready to head upstairs to bed when our friend and neighbor Jen dropped by with the most delicious looking oatmeal banana muffins. Gluten free and looking to good to eat, they proved perfect for a quick, grab and go breakfast as we walked out the door this morning. What a delightful treat. So tasty and such a sweet way to start the drive up to Baltimore this morning. Thank you Jen!
Fortunately traffic was light on the drive up and Mr. P and I arrived on the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus before 7:30am. I was called back early today at 8:10am.
Melissa was chatty this morning telling me about the importance of the daily scans taken before and after the daily radiation treatments. The scans are used to line everything up. Using the initial setup scan, and the marks on the mask, the daily pre-treatment scan is shown over the setup scan to ensure my head is perfectly aligned and the radiation beams target the exact areas prescribed by Dr. Kleinberg. The post-treatment scan is used to confirm everything remained in line throughout the treatment.
Given the potential damage of the alignment being even a degree off, it was reassuring to hear about these safety checks.
My superhero mask always feels tightest on Monday mornings after a couple of days without treatment. It was much more comfortable today and my headache far less intrusive. With the treatment completed early, Mr. P and I were on our way back to Washington, D.C., by 8:40am and I was in my office before 10am.