Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connections by jansenphotojansenphoto

Of course, you blew me away with the response to last week’s theme, which I thought might have had special meaning to many of us. This week, I want to make the theme about the most important thing that I can think of in our endeavors here and in many other aspects of life: Connections! Making connections with one another and learning more about the world and the great people, with whom we share it.

I had my last treatment today and rang the bell. It’s bell for patients with who have completed their radiation treatment regimen to declare a victory loudly.

Renee, Jasmin, Jeff, and Rose have been very patient with me and making sure I am comfortable and ready for each treatment. At the first treatment, they had to remove the mask when I freaked out with an overwhelming feeling that I was drowning. The face mask felt like a wet towel over my face. My anxiety flared up three times during the first treatment. But each of these people made me feel safe to be vulnerable.

But they were gentle and kind and helped me prepare each morning. Lots of Xanax and a cup of Sleepy Time tea initially. Then much less Xanax.

In the two weeks, I was with them; I developed a connection to these people. There was a connection around the shared goal of helping me back to health. But there are other connections as well.

Renee and I discovered that we both loved Star Trek, especially the original 1960’s television series. We’ve both seen all the television series as well as the movies, including the reboots. She’s a Trekkie! We commiserated about which episodes we loved and that we both didn’t like Star Wars as much. We had made a connection.

Rose and Jasmin both liked my socks. Let me explain, I have a pair of socks that don’t match, but a is a set. One has the design of R2D2, the other C3P0. So one blue sock and one gold coloured sock to make a matched set. Rose loved it. It turns out she also loved wearing “funky” pattern socks. One day she wore socks with sushi pattern. Another day, it was flamingos. I wore a pair of socks with clinking beer steins. We had made a connection.

I have been documenting my progression with the treatment by taking a daily photo of the street scenes on 11 Street between Walnut, Samson and Chestnut Streets outside of the Bodine Center For Radiation Therapy. But this photograph of my care team is the best of all the images I have taken.

Thank you, Jasmin, Renee, Jeff, and Rose.

Second to last radiation treatment at Bodine Center For Radiation Therapy. I’m tired and don’t have much to add to today. I didn’t try to compose these images. I sort of raise the camera and hit the shutter button. Tomorrow I get to ring the bell.

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/5.6, ISO4000), © Khürt L. Williams

The scene looking out the glass windows at Wills Eye Institute.

The eye specialist says that as we reduce the steroid dosage, we may see some of the swellings return. But for now, things look good. At the end of the week, after my last radiation treatment, I may have to return for another evaluation.

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (27.4 mm, f/5.6, ISO1600), © Khürt L. Williams