So. Every weekday morning at 8:45, I report to the Commonwealth Oncology Hematology Cancer Center at Newburyport Medical Center on the Anna Jacques Hospital campus.
(Don't you love the clear blue skies of September?)
This is the patient waiting room. Even though there is ample seating, there have never been more than three people waiting. The radiation therapy machine can only take one person at a time; the X-ray diagnostic and measurement equipment can only take one person at a time, and Dr. Fung is the only full time oncologist. So: the possibility of 3 patients and possibly their friends or spouses.
Note the supply of coffee and snacks!
Last week there was a 1000 piece puzzle, 30% done, that somebody decided was just too difficult. He took it all apart, put it back in its box and got out a 500 piece puzzle with much bigger pieces. How do you suppose the people felt who HAD been putting together the challenging one?!
I was inspired to buy a puzzle for home. :-)
And here's the machine. It clicks, whirs, buzzes, whines and rotates around me.
I hope you never have to see ones of these up close and personal. But it IS pretty fascinating.
Of course at Newburyport, it is STILL the professionalism and personability of the staff that makes the biggest difference. They are pretty camera shy, however.
This is "my" radiology oncologist, Clair Fung. She is one smart cookie! My primary care doctor says the radiology oncologists were the really smart ones... has to do with extra detailed biology, physics and CALCULATIONS! Glad to hear it!
This is a photograph on one of the web sites that lists her. She was elected one of the "Best Doctors in America" for radiation oncology. In spite of her stellar credentials and subject specialties, she is warm, caring, and fun to be with (even under these circumstances). I wonder if oncologists have the same "no personal relationships" with patients rules that psychotherapists do. She'd be a wonderful friend.