Then it was on to the radiation appointment and Keith knocked off his first session successfully – it was quick and painless as advertised. Apparently at his previous appointment, a radiology technician used unfortunate word selection and mentioned that the radiation would ‘burn his skin’. Hearing this was news to all of us and launched Keith into panic mode. The tech quickly realized her mistake, forgetting that Keith was only ten years old (the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center serves adult as well as pediatric patients) and clarified that the ‘burn’ wouldn’t actually hurt, it would be similar to getting sunburn on a small area of his skin. Crisis averted and he returned to his cool, calm self again.
Back ‘home’ and RM House Keith suddenly began to feel green around the gills and for several hours was sick to his stomach. A bit confused and concerned we called the clinic and they seemed sure that it was probably not related to the radiation. Keith was just having one of those occasional episodes that can happen when kids go through what he has gone through. We were finally able to control it with Zofran around 4pm and he has been fine ever since.
Christine heads back home to