Today was my third radiation treatment, and I’m at the Vanderbilt Clinic downtown. I did take a xanax to reduce my anxiety with the mask. As I explained in a earlier post, on Monday I had an “anxiety attack” from claustrophobia when they put on the mask over my head and shoulder. Today my anxiety was much less. Because we were on a different machine, they had to take additional x-rays and measurements, so it was another 30-minute session with my mask.
Deep breathing, visualizing myself relaxing on the beach, and thinking positive affirmations (along with the xanax) helped me get through the treatment just fine. I think I will forgo the xanax medication next week, as my mask is becoming my friend 🙂
I’m grateful that I’m still feeling fine, eating regular foods, and maintaining my weight, actually I gained a couple of pounds this week. If I don’t push myself too much and get plenty of sleep, fatigue is not much of a concern.