Yesterday was the radiation simulation.
I had a mask made. At the beginning the mask is bendable like a washcloth and it feels like a warm washcloth on your face. It’s like getting a facial massage. It’s nice and calming.
With the mask on I had a CT scan without contrast (thank goodness!). The mask was bolted down to the table so I couldn’t move my head.
We had to have 2 masks made. It’s not that I did anything wrong, but my doctor didn’t tell the mask-maker people that they needed a bite down block. So, they made another one. This time it had a hole so that the bite down block could stick out the hole.
The bite down block is important so that when I get radiation my gums won’t get damaged.
My doctor told me that I could draw a picture on my mask, but it had to be “Starry Night.” So I started drawing it, I just got the mountain and one of the swirls done, but it was super fun.
I got to take home the first mask and my own bite down block that I formed with my teeth. When radiation is all done, I’ll get to bring home the one that stayed there to be used each day.
It was really fun!