Igor and Flora

I promised pictures of the radiation machine today.  I found pictures on Google of the exact machine that I am in – the Varian Trilogy.


So I am on the long platform with my head at the end with the big machine.  On the platform is a long sled thing that has two arm thingies that raise my arms so that my hands are near the top of my head and a shelf they refer to as “the butt rest”.  Then they put a leg rest below the butt rest so that my legs are bent and more comfy.

The platform moves up and down, forward and backwards and side to side.  I have marks all over me so that the platform is positioned in line with the radiation angles of the machine.  The part of the big machine that is white and grey move 360 degrees around you.  At one point the blue piece directly over the platform, moves under me and off to my left side to blast the back of my left flank.

varian rapid arc 2

This is a different color machine but you can see what I mean by it rotating.

They keep the lights on while the radiation is blasting, but between blasts, the lights go off and the therapists turn on green laser lines so they can line up and measure the angles  of radiation.  It is incredibly precise.

Every two or three days I have to extend the radiation party by 10 minutes because they have to take xrays to make sure that all my markings are still in alignment.  That’s tomorrow.



Flora and Igor:

Flora is the big blue thing from the first picture.  This is what it looks like when you are underneath it.



When this is in its resting position it is about 10 inches from your face.

The teeth start out all closed but then move around based on where things need to be zapped.   At one point they all open up and you get this beak like thing in the center, like a thing that’s going to eat you.

I want to say it is 18 to 24″ in diameter.  It looks mean – no idea why “Flora” popped into my mind. Maybe the blue?



Igor looks like the top part of Wall-E.   When it is right above you, it looks like the giant eye, which made me think of Igor (EYE-gor) from Young Frankenstein (Frohnkinsteen).  It didn’t do much today which makes me think that it is used for the xrays.  So we may meet again tomorrow.   It’s on this arm like contraption so it kind of darts in and out above you and goes up and down, so it is very inquisitive.



Socks of the Day:   Leonard from Big Bang Theory


Fight On!



2 Comments on “Igor and Flora”

  1. Sonja Hoch says:

    Hi, so happy to hear two days are down. That is quite a machine. Hope tomorrow is a good day. Hugs
    , Sonja


  2. Joyce cushnie says:

    A huge machine doing great things for you!!! Love to you!!!


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