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Scambuster
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For all about to start radiation with the 'Mask', I thought to start a separate thread as it appears many threads these days are getting too 'crossed' up and lose track of the original purpose or the poster.

Micktissue is about to start so these and following posts may assist.

Make sure the mouth piece you have has a large enough hole (and clearly cut) to allow easier breathing. The Techies on hand can fix this if the hole is not adequate..

You can ask to have some parts of the mask trimmed if there is too much pressure on any point or area but it should be firm so you don't move and let the rads hit a non-target area. It shouldn't hurt though. Too much pressure around the nose and throat will cause more distress as your body tells you instinctively that your breathing is threatened.

I used a nasal spray before each session to allow easier breathing. You can breath through both nose and mouth at the same time. Learn how to switch between the two and to use both at the same time. This will be important if you start getting heavier mucus build up later.

Learning how to breath is important and also helps you relax as you can focus on something other than the big humming machine. Breath deep and steady and visualize the cancer cells being chomped up like a Pakman or .... just think of something nice.

Hack and spit as much as you can before you go in as mucus may increase as the weeks go by. As said earlier if you feel your throat blocking a little with mucus during a session, you can usually breath your nose. That why you are best to practice consciously changing between the two to avoid any panic.

Learn a pattern or relaxation and you will find it will become easier and the sessions will be over quickly.

Music really does help and I used a compilation of classic and classical non vocal music but whatever gets you through is good.

Use relaxation meds if they help and you find it necessary but as with anything, the less medication the better as your body will be dealing with enough.

In the later weeks I rinsed my mouth with a Saline mouthwash and also used a bit of Mouth Gel (Biotene) along with the Nasal Spray as part of the pre-session routine as you will start to get a dry mouth later in treatment.

Other related tips are to get an electric razor and get and use good quality 'baby' shampoo and face wash products / solutions (Not Johnson & Johnson). Your skin will become more sensitive. And I do mean stuff you use for infants

I know you will get this Mick and others about to go in and I hope the few tips above help.

Regds Scambuster

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Some times some of us need a lighter side of conversation not just facts. Yes facts are what this place is for but a little humor and life stories are needed too. We all cope in different ways. That being said, I too go for my dry run tomorrow and I find your info very helpful and will heed your direction. Thank you for you help scambuster, your posts are always helpful and uplifting. So it's off I go to get my peg and port today so wish me good luck everyone!!

Thanks Again,
Steve

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I have been reading as much as I can so I can be prepared.
Steve, good luck to you! I hope I can be as strong through all of this as you and everyone else is.
Mary

MarineE5
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Scambuster,

Very good post, allot of good information shared there. I am a person that usaully has no problem with tight areas, but that Mask messed with my mind the first 2 times. Once on the fitting of it. Just for a few minutes and I calmed down, put my mind in a different place altogether.

The other time was the first Radiation treatment. As nice as the Tech's are, I just couldn't get my breathing to calm down. Felt terrible, but toward the end of the treatment got my mind together. The rest of the treatments, I would imagine back to the times I was a kid running outside with my brother flying our kites. Anything to get my mind elsewhere.

When I would get up off the table after the Mask was removed. I always felt as if I was from a Batman movie as a character named Snakeman as the mask was that tight and the criss-cross pattern was on my face walking out to my car : )

My Best to Everyone Here

Fire34
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Marine my experience was similar to yours. I was fitted back in July of 09 and started rad treatments in Sep 09. When I got on that table and they placed the mask on and locked it down I told them that no way was that the mask I was fitted for. They were able to schim it up to 6 mm for a little looser fit but that was the max. I was refitted in the middle of my third week due to weight loss and it didnt seem any better but by that time i was used to it. My fit was so tight that i was unable to breathe thru my mouth luckily I hgad not problem thru my nose. Mucous buildup was my biggest problem and was worse during the last week of treatment. But being able to see the light made it a lot easier. Iwas an inpatient during my rad treatment as I had concurrent chemo/rad
Good luck to everyone and keep a positive attitude. as I noticed there are always people that have it worse than you

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Thanks for that Scambuster.

I don't have a mouthpiece. In stead I put 4 cotton spacers where my wisdom teeth are. I sort of look like Vito Corleone. This is done to separate my fillings form my cheeks. I don't know if this will be continued when actual treatment starts tonight (7:20 pm PST, for those interested).

I'm bringing The Band with me tonight. I am in a band and we cover a tune called The Weight, on which I'm singing lead. The first tune is a great one called Don't Do It which is a Marvin Gaye tune (I think) that The Band covered and it's awesome. Music really helps me relax, especially music I know well.

That's a great tip about the pre-treatment routine for getting all the stuff out of mouth and throat. I find that if I can just get into a groove of breathing (Steve, FIND YOUR CENTER!) and focusing on blasting the micro-mets, I think I'll do pretty well.

One thing that kinda bugs me is when the techs tell you not to move but they then ask you a question. It put me in a bind yesterday - "Don't move Mr Morris. Are you doing ok?" Hmmmm. How to answer that without moving. I'll chat with them tonight about what I need and see what they say.

Hopefully I'll be able to post after it's all done today (I start chemo in 2 hours) and let you know how it went.

Thanks to everyone for the thoughts and support. It is deeply meaningful to me.

Warmly,

Mick

MarineE5
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Hi Mick,

When I was on the table and they would ask me a question, I would give them the International hand sign. No, not that one : ), I would give them a thumb's up or a thumb's down for yes or no. Worked for me.

My Best to You and Everyone Here

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Hope Chemo and Rads went well for you today.

My techs ask me questions, too. I do the thumbs up and flat hand back and forth "no" signal, but almost every time, I automatically try to move my head. Oops.

I, too have taken the Band in for rads. Also, Bob Marley "Three Little Birds" (Don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing's gonna be all right). Wanted Zydeco music for Mardi Gras, but didn't get a chance to get any.

Keep up the good fight,

- Pam

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I remember when they fitted me. The mask was very snug however towards the end of my treatments I had lost so much weight it started to be very loose. When I was done they asked if I wanted to keep it and I personally thought "why would I want a reminder" and told them to trash it. To this day I still get a knot in my stomach when I hear that x-ray sound. I am proud of my one tattoo :>)

NJR
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Greend,

I was under strict orders not to deface my mask and make sure I kept it for my Grand Daughter. The little fashionista promptly attached 50 silver stage nails to it and added a couple of velcro straps, a black body suit and small jar of pearl white face paint and sold it for 500$ as a Halloween costume! (I wish I would have held out for a picture)

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I started with side effects pretty quickly. Radiation burns on my neck, and my lips. It was not long before my lips started bleeding and cracking. One day they pulled off the mask, which had stuck to my lips, and yowza, i bled for quite a while. After a couple of days of this pain and nonsense, one of the girls got a good idea, and they put saran wrap on my lips, then put my mask on. It worked well. I did not stick to it.

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Scambuster- excellent start of a thread. The mask is a most relevant challenge.

Two things of note helped me with the 25-minute rads in 20 places/session: 1) I did a 1/2-tab of Xanax about a 1/2-hour before the start. Did try the morph twice- did not sit right with me. 2) I found that keeping my teeth in an "overbite" position did help enormously, both with the breathing and saliva business.

Also- the customizing of the mask did happen for me- to allow swallowing between zappings during the sessions.

Again, Scambuster- excellent.

kcass

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As suggested above, during rads I had to "go someplace else" in my head. Being relaxed was so important. By the end of my 33 treatments I was even able to fall asleep a couple times. Wish I'd known or thought to put cotton in my cheeks though, I have silver fillings both top and bottom and the radiologist said that the rads were deflecting off of them and blasting the sides of my tongue. Very sore and raw by the end. Also, thick ropey mucus became a problem with swallowing. I'd always hit the drinking fountain in the hallway for a rinse and spit just before I went in. I thought for sure I'd be choking and trapped under the mask before it was all over. By the end mine was pretty loose as well from the weight loss. Good luck to all who are in treatment, you can do this.

Mike

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It’s not easy but you will survive, if your mask starts to get loose make sure to let someone know about it, good tread Scambuster.

Did you ever get the Stoppers 4 you ordered?

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Scambuster
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Many more good points made above for those just starting.

Another thing I recall is the time it sometimes took for the techies to get you lined up correctly. I had the laser beams of 'Dots and Crosse's shot down from above which they used to align you and the mask exactly right. I recall there were some ridges or grooves in the table near my hands and I knew where my fingers reached when I was in the right position so that helped speed up the alignment process. It can be a pain if they have to unclip you and start again as it all makes it all take longer.

A good couple of points raised about when you lose weight, you may need a refit. I had a new mask made in week 5 (I had 70 sessions IMRT over 7 weeks).

Also as Hondo says, let the techies know if you have movement or changes. I recall my jaw would drop down a fraction as I sort of drifted off into fantasy land so let them know if you have movement. Consistency is important.

One last point is you should also have a signal to let the techies know of you are having difficulty or are in distress during the zapping and need assistance. Mine was to raise my arm. I never had to but have an agreement with the techies on your 'panic button signal' so they know if you need to get up.

Cheers Scambuster

PS Hi Hondo, the Stopper4 spray didn't arrive unfortunately but they did a refund on the Visa.

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Oh my, I haven't thought about my mask in a long time. But it still conjures up memories that caught me so off-guard and by surprise. I did well with the fitting and trial run and had no problems. For me, the worse part of having cancer is all the times where you in a holding pattern (waiting for test results, waiting for a treatment decision, waiting for a surgery date, waiting to start radiation, etc, etc, etc). I'm a pretty tough gal and was just ready to get on with the treatments.

My first treatment reduced me to tears. I am not generally a "crier" so it so surprised me. It didn't hurt at all; but by the time it was over I was an emotional mess. The nurse took one look at me and took me back to see the radiation oncologist who recommended I take a half tablet of Xanax about 1/2 hour before treatment started. I don't like to take medication but he told me "now is not the time to be a hero" so I agreed. He also said he could cut some eyeholes in the mask as that helps some people. I was a bit angry at him for not letting me know this might happen but I think they don't like to tell you a lot about possible reactions so they don't "plant a seed" - so to speak. Because of some childhood abuse issues, I felt trapped in the mask and it just triggered some of those memories and emotions that day. I only took the Xanax for about a week and then I was OK during the remaining treatments.

I kept my mask with the intent of driving over it with my car one day. It was in my garage when the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina nearly demolished my home. So God only knows where it is now; floating around somewhere in the lake or Gulf of Mexico as the flood waters receded. Should make for an interesting artifact one day!

For all those who are have started or are getting ready to start your radiation treatments, you are in my prayers. Stay strong and go with God!

Kathy

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Kathy, your comment was funny about running of it, I actually laughed out! I always appreciate it when I read a post and it makes me laugh. This site is so good for so many reason. I'm glad you are now ok.
God Bless,
Debbie

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Driving over it, Kathy? Wish I had thought of that! Sledgehammer, though, did cross my mind. Did keep mine, as I am only a Vet of one round with the rads. Problem is, I kept it on the back seat of my car. Not sure why, but I did. Last summer, one very hot day, part of it got melted out of shape. So, will not be able to use...No, I am kinda hoping another bout ain't in the cards. Still, Kathy- seeing somebody driving over a mask would be worth the price of admission.

kcass

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I must post a dissenting opinion about the mask fitting. Had mine done at U of Chicago today. Was a bit nervous after reading about it on this forum. Even took a half of Atavan before! Must say it was very easy! Only about ten minutes with the warm mesh over my face. Shoulder and under head ones are done separately. Once set up, they removed it and cut the eyes out along with the nose and most of the mouth. The chin was tight but not uncomfortable. All in all a ho hum. I know most of you had some trouble with it, and I sympathise, but wanted to let future maskies know that not everyone has the same experiance. I may feel differently after 45 times on the table! (no doubt the Atavan didn't hurt also)
Best to all, John

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Glad to hear it all went well for you, like you said its not bad, sometines we just fear the un-knowed.

Wishing you well as you get prepaired to start
Hondo

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Thanks

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I had my 12th treatment with the mask today, they cut the eyes out for me after my trial run as at first the mask was tight/rubbing on my closed eyelids. Once the eyes were cut out everything is fine, I don't use the adtivan at all, even though the rad doc gave me script for it. The fit of the mask is great, tight as it should be and leaves waffle marks on my forehead and chin, they fade rather fast. I'm only on the table for 10 mins and for me it goes rather quickly. Pre mask ritual , I make sure my lips are moisturized really well with aquaphor ... Walgreens sells it, and then I spay my mouth with either Biotene or Stoppers4 , I think I prefer the stoppers after trying both.

Linda

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It went well, very tight as remembered, I had 5 weeks, at first it was a breeze, well hello, it got rough on me around the fourth week, i was doing great, i turned very weak, and sickly, not all had the same as I, but my neck started to turn firey red and started to burst open, it was pretty rough, I remember the last week, they had to halt the machine. I went spastic and had my hand up in the air yelling to stop, I panicked, the smell of hot metal comes to mind, and to this day, the smell fills my nostirls, and makes me remember the episode, also the mask, i brought it home, after a few weeks, I had it removed and told my friend to destroy it, i wanted to move on, it was a nightmare. Use lots of the rad lotion before and after, and i laid moist washclothes on my neck at night. Take Care and The best. Dennis

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When I first learned about my Cancer is was about this time 9 years ago. So we now look at Thanksgiving as my anniversary date and thanks God for all the extra Thanksgivings I get to see, just so much to be thankful for.

Look like some great Turkey country in your picture.

Take care
Hondo

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The mask fitting wasn't bad. The first day of rads and being bolted down to the table SUCKED. I did not have any anti anxiety drugs. My eye holes were not cut out until the second day. They had to cut out eye holes, because not only was the mask so tight it left waffle marks on my face, but it bruised and broke capillaries under my eye brows. Lots of people do not get the eyes and nose cut out, they won't do it for them. Also, you said shoulder and under head was done separately. I don't know what that means. Mine is one big piece that covered my head, shoulders and cut across my breast.

harold 651947
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ive seen what people are saying on here and i wish i came here sooner. my throatis sore and my neck is red raw cant wait for wednesday to be over.  I hope this work being honest if i had to do it over with the 29 radiation treatments dont know if i would do it . cant swallowight always feels like there is something stuck in my throat .Iuess i just came in here to vent some ty for listening  HAROLD

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Hi Harold and welcome to the forum. 

Congrats on finishing treatment! I know what you're going through having recently finished treatment myself (30 rads, 6 chemos - finished 4-24). FYI...it's going to about the same or probably a worse for the first 2-3 weeks post treatment. You still "cook" afterwards for several weeks as the treatment is cumulative. Hang in there! It will get better. Stay ahead of the pain and nausea.

Positive thoughts and prayers

"T"

 

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I'm one of the ones they wouldn't alter the mask....and it sucked pretty much the entire time.

I did take Xanax for the first week, but then got used to the routine and didn't need it any longer...

John, not sure where you are getting 45 minutes, usually it's more in the 15 minute range.

Dawn, LOL, I was trying to figure out about half breasts...LOL, sorry abi'normal mind was bust thunkin....

Also, since Scam started this thread, it's kind of ironic, I just got an email from him yesterday morning, as I know a few others here did...saw the email list of names.

Anyways, he is doing find and posted some photos of the "Black Salve" in action for a few spots he had on his shoulder...photo's were pretty impressive, though not something I was expecting at 7:00AM on an empty stomach, LOL...

He wishes all well and Happy Holidays.

JG

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My mom was born in the USA, but raised in the Canal Zone,my grandfather worked for the government in Balboa. When we were kids and living back in the states my grandparents would send my mom a black salve in a small round goldish tin..the dang stuff smelled like tar and had about the same consistancy,mom would put it on cuts, any tye of sore, etc, the stuff worked. I haven't seen it in years and years, wonder if it's the samr type of salve your friend sent pics of.

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Hondo
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You described it pretty good so yes it must be the same stuff, now days you can’t get it in the USA you have to go outside to get it.

Thanks
Hondo

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Breasts. I thought I should use that word and not one of the others I would normally use. Doesn't seem to matter though what word we women use to refer to that area. You boys all get Bevis and Butthead about it. :D I just meant the mask covered half my chest, but not in the most comfortable way.

Glad Scam is doing ok.

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They would only cut out the nose for me and even then it took some convincing. One of the reactions from the chemo I was taking was a major outbreak of acne. It alternated between burning and iching. Can you imagine having that mask on an not being able to scratch an itch? How many times have you picked up something requiring the use of both hands and only to have your nose itch? You get the picture. Also, in the begining I found Xanax to be my friend.

I did not get any radiation burns on my neck until the last week of treatment. My neck looked like I had been lynched and got away. I am now 2 weeks post treatment and they are about healed.

Regards,
another John

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Thanks Scam, I wish we had this info when Jim was going through RADS, would have been a big help.

Debbie

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I had the mask too, this last time. 20 years ago when I had radiation my first time, they just told me to hold real still.

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They also marked your face up and you could not wash it off until treatment was finished or so I was told.

Glad for the mask
Hondo

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One thing that helped me was I learned to meditate (it's really easy) and was able to "Zone Out" while wearing the mask. Another thing that helped was to smear Aquaphor on my neck immediately after treatment; it really mitigated radiation burn.

dncinthrain
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Hi, my dad had is first radiation treatment today. They did the "dry run" and then treatment immediately following. My dad is non-verbal due to a stroke in 2006, but he communicated to me that it was very scary. The nurse and tech would not let me go back there with him... Do you think that they would let me go back until the radiation began? I would like to make sure that he is not panicking under there, and that he is not in pain. Do you think he should have a half of ativan before he goes? The other issue is that he can not make himself cough, it is only a reflex if it is necessary. I will see if he would like the nose spray... Any other suggestions of questions that I should ask him, since he cannot tell me? Thanks for all of this info, I found it extremely helpful!!

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Welcome Dancin....

If he has anxiety, Xanax definitely took the edge off for me. After the first week I was OK with it.

A few things that helped me;
Comfy clothes, shorts a t-shirts..what ever is comfy for him.
Music, I took a CD and left it there..they'd have it playing for me everyday. Plus it gives you a reference of time.... 3- 4 songs and you were done for the day.

Here is a link to the SuperThread...search it, there is a lot of info on surviving the mask, and tons of other.

SuperThread

Others will chime in their welcomes and suggestions...

Best, John

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Ask the technicians to talk to you while wearing the mask

One Lorazapam 30 minutes before the mask.

Music CD

Clear throat get rid of all itches

Shake head (a little) while the mask goes on to get a good fit.

If mask is over snug or too tight, raise your hand and have them refit it, it was always better after that and the technicians are there too make this doable.

Count if it helps

Matt

basil
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I just had my 10th treatment. The mask is the biggest problem with the treatment. Too tight and they will not cut any eye holes or mouth hole. Did get them to cut a hole for
the nose. I used the nose drops yesterday and they helped as I cannot breath thru my
nose due to old fractures of the nose.

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Explain the situation to the techs and ask for their suggestions. If they are half as good as the ones that did my tx, they will do everything in their power to make this as easy for your Dad as possible. Try to assure him, if he panics he can wave his hand and tx will stop so someone can come in, however, then it will need to start again. Maybe he can give a thumbs up or down as to whether the mask is too tight. There are plexiglass pieces under the head that can be removed one at a time to give more room if needed. At least that is how mine was.

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Explain the situation to the techs and ask for their suggestions. If they are half as good as the ones that did my tx, they will do everything in their power to make this as easy for your Dad as possible. Try to assure him, if he panics he can wave his hand and tx will stop so someone can come in, however, then it will need to start again. Maybe he can give a thumbs up or down as to whether the mask is too tight. There are plexiglass pieces under the head that can be removed one at a time to give more room if needed. At least that is how mine was.

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I'm halfway finished with my radiation (yay!) and the mask hasn't bothered me too much.  The day I had it made I was almost in tears because I was so scared, but I have had the most INCREDIBLE rad techs and they put me at such ease.  Laying totally flat on that table with my swollen face and mouth/throat full of thick saliva is the worst part for me.  I hack, cough and spit as much out before treatment as possible and then close my eyes and pray the entire treatment time.  I pray for all cancer patients and for their fight against this awful disease.  It calms me and seems to give me strength to get through it.  I only have a hole cut out for my mouth and I hold a breathing tube between my teeth for the treatment.  No eye holes as I keep mine tightly closed the entire time!! 

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They cut eye holes in mine as well as a mouth hole and they also stretched out the neck area for me because I freaked out so badly about the mask the first time they went to put it on me. They tried to put it on me three times and each time I ripped it off and bolted upright. The tech was scared I was going to fling myself off the table. Fortunately, that was just for the PET scan and so they let me do it without the mask on that occasion. After that I went home and resolved in my mind that I would deal with it. I practiced putting my son's ski mask on and then lying down on my bed and pulling it tight around my head. I thought if I can deal with this I can deal with that. One is cloth, one is plastic and a little stiffer and that's the only real difference. And it worked! But the eye holes might as well not be there because I always keep my eyes closed, too, the entire time. I also flush out my sinuses and drink lots of water right before treatment so I don't have thick saliva or junk in my nasal passages. Did they offer to give you Ativan? Every time I have to wear mine I have the Ativan in me, plus I have pain medication and antihistamines in my system, and the combination of it all helps me to really relax when I'm on the table. I bring in my CDs of my favorite relaxing music to listen to. Plus, they scheduled my rad time for late in the afternoon which is the time I'm usually ready for a nap anyway. Now, the mask is no problem at all. In fact, I'm usually dozing and so comfortable by the time it's over and wish I could have a few minutes more.  At this point, I consider wearing the mask for the radiation to be the easiest part of my treatment.

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before the rads would get started....and like you, I'd doze through the time I was on the table.  I still hated radiation....but the reason was really because from the time I got into the dressing room to the time I finally got on the table was so damned cold I would visabley shake.  It's take the first 5 minutes under a warmed set of blankets for me to relax and doze, and in another 7 minutes they were telling me all done. 

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