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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Chemo Day -- last Sunday

My mom came with me to chemo last Sunday. It was a bit of a crazy day, with lots of running around between departments. There are advantages to everything. On my way back to the oncology ward, I met up with B&AW. BW was able to stay and hang out for the rest of chemo. Fun for me.

In addition to chemo, I had an ultrasound of my liver, and a full-body-x-ray (for the research that gives me the bone drugs).

Since I am now allergic to iodine, I do not receive the contrast material (based on iodine) for CTs. So, periodically, I will have an ultrasound to supplement the information from the CT.

The x-ray is done for the bone research. It's just to make sure that nothing's broken. They take x-rays from my head, down to my knees. It takes 15-25 minutes, depending on the technician, and involves a fair amount of poking and prodding.

I finally suggested to the research director that if there is going to be that much poking and prodding, there should be a woman doctor taking x-rays of women.

She was very receptive to my suggestion, so I'm glad I said something.

I have to have this type of x-ray every few months, so it makes a difference to me.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Anonymous said...

Oh, good for you for making the suggestion. I hope it's implemented.

Batya said...

It always pays to speak up.

RivkA with a capital A said...

Well, it took me a few experiences, to decide that I was definitely uncomfortable.

And, though I had decided to speak up, I still felt awkward about it.

But I'm glad I said something. And it was received well.