This morning the thickness of the studio doors stood out to me as I made my way back to my assigned treatment studio. I was assigned to the suite at the very at the end of the hall and as I rounded the corner the protective depth of the wall was as prominent as ever this morning.
Like the concrete shielded walls, each suite had an automated radiation-shielded door that closed, sealing tight with the touch of a button. Designed to contain the radiation, Melissa, one of my therapists, shared that the amount and type of shielding is based on the specific equipment used within each studio. This explained the differences in the doors throughout the radiation oncology area.
My treatment itself was uneventful, but the weekly follow-up with Dr. Klienberg more interesting. We discussed my headaches, dry-mouth, lower energy and higher then normal blood-pressure. He said each of these symptoms was normal and should continue to be managed without medication if possible. Eddie asked about our upcoming family vacation to Denmark and whether or not he felt I’d be up for it. Dr Klienberg believes I’ll manage well, provided I rest when necessary.
Feeling slightly defeated, Eddie and I resumed listening to Mindful Discipline, which I recommend for parents, on the drive back to Washington.