Today's radiotherapy treatment for my Graves Eye Disease at the Bodine Center For Radiation Therapy is over.
I lay in the same position on a bed below a radiotherapy machine for the radiotherapy treatment. A tight, form-fitting face mask was gently placed over my head and neck and fixed to where my head rested. The face mask was custom-made for the shape of my head and face during an earlier visit. The purpose of the mask is to hold my head and neck still and in exactly the right position during treatment. The treatment took up to 30 minutes and was not painful, but I had two panic attacks during my first treatment. It took three doses of Xanax to calm me down enough to make it through the procedure.
I had not expected panic attacks. The mask, combined with my stuffy nose and postnasal drip from Spring allergies, made me feel as though I was drowning.
Now for a doctor's visit to see how things are progressing.