Saturday, February 19, 2011

February 16th Wednesday: A typical day of radiation

Following are some pictures from Charlotte's typical morning over at the Tom Baker Cancer center over at the Foothills hospital. We get all bundled up to drive all the way over there (its about a 5 minute drive). I feel like I should warn you that there are some pictures of her under anaesthetic and with her plastic helmet clamping her to the table. This is daily routine for us, but it might be a bit of a surprise for some people to see. 
Here I am all cozied up with Daddy, I get to ride in the elevator... going down to the basement.

Watching tv with Daddy while the nurses get ready for us.

I get to pick out a sticker for on my countdown sheet.
I sit nice and still and watch as they put in the anaesthetic.

Off to sleep on Daddy's lap.
Going through the radiation door.
The wonderful nurses, techs and anaesthesiologists who take care of me during treatment.

They are careful to keep my oxygen at a good level while I am moved into position.

Getting everything set up, I can't be more than 2mm from my original position!

This big machine rotates around to find the four angles that my radiation needs to come from.

Here it is moving around, the bed also swing around on the floor. Everyone has to leave the room, but they keep a close watch on the cameras.

All done! Now they can take off my mask and special helmet. 

Waking up on Daddy's shoulder. Some days are easier than others, sometimes I need to have a good scream to get it all out of my system. Then its time to get dressed and head back to the Ronald McDonald house. Mommy makes me my favourite Kraft Dinner for breakfast, sometimes I'm still too grumpy to eat.


  1. Anonymous5:55 PM

    I am holding you all in my heart and in my thoughts every single day. This post is so touching but so heartbreaking all the same. As a parent, I can't fathom how difficult this would be, to do this everyday and all the weighty decisions... I am blown away (and humbled) by your grace. SO much love, peace and strength to you all.

  2. Kevin and Delaine12:19 PM

    Thanks for the update. We will continue to pray for all of you.

  3. Anonymous5:49 PM

    Reading your blog makes me incredibly sad but incredibly grateful for all that I have. I cannot imagine what you and Charlotte are going thru each day. Please know that my thoughts and blessings are with you and we all wish Charlotte the courage and strength to get thru each and every day and be the amazing child that she is.

  4. Anonymous9:51 PM

    I just wanted you to know that you are in our prayers. I found your blog through a friend of a friend.... I have a daughter who's four and a son just a little bit younger than Charlotte. I want you to know that I will be lifting your sweet baby girl up in prayer every day in addition to praying that you and the rest of your family will be given the strength you need to continue the fight....