I had my second SBRT session on Monday, 11/8, and just about 18 hours later, I am feeling pretty good. Last night, I was pretty tired/fatigued and conked out after only a few hours after arriving home.
This morning, I feel a little fatigued/run down, but nothing major. The one aspect that has changed, of course, is the urgency to urinate has increased. I've got to ensure that a bathroom is always with throwing distance! That said, I'm going to force myself to at least jog/walk a couple of miles today.
The treatment itself was very quick this time -- I feel I was on the table a total of 20 minutes. 10 minutes for set up and then another 10 for the actual treatment.
The biggest problem before the treatment was the timing. MSKCC seemed to be running behind schedule again, and it threw me off. I was supposed to start my actual treatment at 4pm, so I was given a large cup of water to drink at 3;15pm to fill my bladder in time for the procedure.
The problem was, at 4pm, the assistant came out and said that they were running behind and they'd probably take me about 4:15-4:20. Unfortunately, I think I would have wet my pants if I tried to hold it that long, so I was told to empty just a little of my bladder and then drink just half a cup of water to make up the difference.
This was tough -- I really didn't know if I would be able to stop urinating once I let go. The urgency to go in general had increased greatly since my first treatment the previous Friday, and my "control" in this area had surely decreased since that first treatment as well.
So, I did the best I could, and the assistant came back about 4:30. I was doing OK, but midway through the prep/treatment while lying under the SBRT machine, the urge to go was really becoming overwhelming. It was tough and as soon as my treatment concluded, I was like the "roadrunner" darting for the bathroom!
Overall, the treatments themselves have been a breeze, it's just the "logistics" of that "full bladder prep" that are crucial! Timing is everything!