[quote]Originally posted by scott_h_phd:
<strong>So you can look at a tv and see out of the room? That's interesting. All places have a tv monitor to see the patient but I've never heard of the other way around. Some patients act like they don't know we can see them. We can hear them too.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I'll have to remember not to scratch my butt. Yeah, apparently some patients are more comfortable when they can see a human face, so there's a monitor for you to look at. It's probably a recording, just in case the radiotherapist(?) is running around in circles screaming because they set the wrong dose.
[quote]<strong>I doubt the doctor will be there for the procedure. TBI is a very simple procedure. All of the calculations are done by people like me. You just put the patient on the table against the wall, dial in the monitor units and beam on. There's not much to it at all. No reason for those meddling doctors to get involved.
I didn't know the term, and didn't know the qualification the operator has, so went with a generic "doctor".
I think I'm correct in saying they'll also outline organ positions with a Sharpie.
I know the more serious side-effects are cataracts (Though they're usually easily fixed), a lower top-end with lung function, and possible heart and kidney issues in the future. That's the worst thing about this illness - the potential side-effects from the treatment make horrendous reading, even compared to the eventual effects of the disease if untreated.
[quote]<strong>I think the job is better. I'm at University of Michigan. It's smaller, more for me to do. They are committed to having me learn everything. My "boss" gives the board exams and tells me everything I need to know about that. I work late Monday through Thursday and they let me leave at 1:00 on Friday so I can drive back to Chicago where my wife is still living. The only thing that would be more ideal is if it was in Chicago and I had some time to do research.</strong><hr></blockquote>
That's good to hear. The extra time on Fridays must be a godsend. Were there many positions in Chicago available to apply to? Are you interested in continuing in research?