Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Holy tiredness Batman!!

Wow. It's only been 6 treatments and I am already feeling the need to sleep a lot more. I usually feel groggy after each treatment but by the time I get home I'm back to "normal". That doesn't last very long now before I need to lie down and rest. This is definitely a serious side effect of radiation to the brain. I've read reports where people have gone back to work but I know for myself that I'd be falling asleep at my desk. Don't think my clients would be cool with that. :)

I've got a safety system set up for me now after the scare that I had last week. A company called Lifeline has set up a system in our house where if I feel that I'm going to have a seizure, I push the button on the necklace that I wear and they call me on the intercom system to see how I'm doing. If I can't respond they automatically send an ambulance and give the paramedics all of my info to ensure they know exactly what I'm dealing with. It's unfortunate that it's come to this but at the same time a relief to ensure that if I'm home alone, Tasha and I don't have to worry about my safety if she's not here. As my flight instructor in 1991 always said (with his heavy Arnold Schwarzeneger accent) "Safety first".

Hope that you're all doing well!


Mommy Jo said...

Visiting from Kelowna. Love the new gadget! Hope you wont need to use it.


Louise and David said...

Hi Ryan,
It's good to hear that you are steadily counting off the radiotherapy treatments. They may be making you very tired but your sense of humor is as sharp as ever.

We hope that your safety necklace puts your mind so at ease that you never get another seizure scare. It must be a huge relief for you and Tasha to know that you will quickly have all the back-up you need if anything does happen. Your flight instructor's "safety first" slogan has probably saved a lot of lives. Just keep doing all the right things to come through with flying colors.

As for us, we are home in Canada for the holidays and we ARE doing well, thank you!

Sincere well-wishes,
Louise and David