Tuesday, November 30, 2010

People can be Strange...

Yesterday, while hanging out in the pre-Radiation area... and it's impossible to have had radiation and not know that people are there because they are next in line to get zapped... a woman came by.  She looked at me and asked if I was alright.  (This in itself is not all that weird.  I look ... not so good.   If you thought I was white before... um... yeah.)

I said, yes, that I was fine, and gave her a smile.  My courteous side demanded I return the question.  "And how are you?"  How I wish I had not.

She takes a breath, and begins, "Well, they burned me really badly in radiation, and now I have an infection in the burn, and it's drug resistant..." I'm sure she could have continued had not a receptionist grabbed her and taken her to a consultation room.

Hey, nothing  I like more to hear as I WAIT TO BE FRIED, than Radiation horror stories.  And you could just TELL by the look in her eyes, that she was really enjoying passing along her fears.  I wondered for a moment if my mother had possessed her.

So, I gave myself a stern talking to, and went and did my radiation.  But, I had a bit of a panic attack during the actual frying.  I thought to myself... what a ...well, that B word, but this is NOT an adult blog, so... yeah... what a B-word.  She knew what she was doing.  Still, it was up to ME not to respond.  Alas, I did, but today during the CT, I was fine again, and I know I will be fine later today when I have Radiation number 22.

I mentioned the story to my Radiation Tech as we were finishing up.  She told me something I already knew.  There are people out there, strange people, that thrive on upsetting other people.  You know we've all encountered one or two in our lives.  They truly live for telling people pertinent horror stories.  I don't understand it.

I've spent many a day in the Radiation area assuring newbs that it doesn't hurt, that it isn't scary, and that it's very effective.  Can you imagine if this lady had gotten hold of one of THEM?  They'd have run screaming from Ironwood.

Well, anywho, the CT is now history, and I get the really fun part, waiting for someone to tell me the results.  Think positive thoughts, Tequila.  Go play World of Warcraft...

Hugs to all!

6 comments:

  1. Thinking positive thoughts for you regarding the scan, T! Big warm hugs to you.

    Regarding the weird, bitter woman you encountered...that is a shame, that she feels so negative and is spreading it around. She must be a very fearful person -- how sad.

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  2. T, funny blog to check out --
    Hyperbole and a half.blogspot.com
    Post: why dogs don't understand basic concepts like moving

    It's a laugh-till-you-pee experience. Enjoy!

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  3. Michelle, that's one of the blogs I follow! I love it. :)

    Good luck on surgery tomorrow, sweetie.

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  4. I think just about everyone now follows that Hyperbole blog. Way too funny and we can all relate to something on there. I hope you get the results of your scan soon and it's nothing but good news! Sorry I forgot to sign my name at the end of yesterday's comment about Wendy and the cold. I forgot that I was "Anonymous". Although I wish I could go through life like that! Love you!
    Sandi

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  5. Hi Tequila, Just wanted you to know that I have been keeping up with your blog. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the wait is not too long, and that the results will be good ones.

    I did not realize how you posted to the blog until just now. I never clicked on the day's title before.
    Mary aka MaryAZ

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  6. Hi,Mary! Glad to see you're still with the blog. Hope you are keeping warm and happy!

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