Just a quick update to let everyone know that Rose is doing fine so far with her radiation treatment. She goes every day (Monday thru Friday) to the main University hospital for about a 15 minute treatment. The machine they use is called a linear accelerator. From what I understand, it's similar to an x-ray machine but in this case it produces gamma radiation instead of x-rays. The staff is really great and the facilities are very nice. Parking is an extremely valuable commodity around the hospital but the radiology department actually has 5 spots reserved just for their patients a short distance from where the treatment is and that's an awesome perk!
Just FYI...a linear accelerator runs about $4,000,000 and the hospital has 4 that I could see.
Rose gets to skip a couple of treatment days because of the holidays but she'll have a total of 20 daily treatments. Her last day of radiation will be January 5. The most common side effect of radiation treatment is fatigue and skin issues. Rose met with her doctor briefly today and so far so good. Obviously, most of the side effects occur the longer the treatment goes on and even after the treatment is over. Today was treatment 5 of 20.
Her hair is growing back! One of our friends called it "baby hair" because it's so soft! We go for walks every day and try to keep pushing a little bit every day to get some stamina back. She also continues with her Herceptin treatments and her blood levels aren't perfect but they are heading in the right direction.
Thanks for checking in on us and keeping us distracted! There are lots of things going on this month so we apologize if we don't get back to you right away. Hopefully, we'll have this behind us soon and we can start getting ready to have a normal spring! Fingers crossed!!!