The day after radiation

Posted by    |    May 1st, 2012 at 6:45 am

The photon treatment unit at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas (Credit: Jim Denison)Wind farms are advertised as environmentally-friendly energy producers.  However, I read in today’s news that they are now proven to cause a rise in temperature.  At night, the air closer to the ground becomes colder when the sun goes down and the earth cools.  But wind farm turbines mix the warmer air in the atmosphere with the colder air on the ground, resulting in higher temperatures.  This phenomenon could affect wildlife and regional weather patterns.

Sometimes the consequences of doing the right thing can make it hard to do the right thing.  That’s how Janet and I felt when our oldest son began six weeks of proton radiation therapy at M.D. Anderson in Houston.  The thought was almost more than we could bear–Ryan would lie on a table, mesh mask pinning his face motionless against the slab while radiation particles traveling two-thirds the speed of light penetrated his neck.