Thursday, March 14, 2013

Radiation should be a 4 letter word

I started radiation on March 6th. The first visit was a little longer because they had to take extra films (like x-rays) to make sure everything was lining up like it had before. They told me then I would have to come for 20 visits, so that's only 4 weeks (with 5 visits a week on week days).
Now from the title, don't get me wrong, because I really do like all of the people at the radiation department, they make it more enjoyable. But going every weekday does not give you a week day that you feel normal, a non cancer person. And last Friday I started feeling nauseated. They gave me anti-nausea pills, which are good and helpful, and after the first day I was able to eat more normally, but food still seems like something I have to carefully choose. And that is kinda ok, because I have started loosing some of the poundage I put on since the surgery, but DARN IT! I would rather loose the weight by feeling good and exercising, not by feeling like I should get a baby in 9 months...
So I'm tired, and that makes me cranky. And apparently too lazy to remember to write an update (sorry!!), but otherwise it's going okay. I haven't had a claustrophobic reaction to the mask, which apparently some people do, which I can kinda understand. And I have been eating a lot of yogurt, and thankfully that has helped with the nausea, so I don't feel actively nauseous.
Today was extra hard because I had my easy chemo treatment after radiation, which usually isn't too big of a deal. But they had a hard time trying to get the IV started because they had used that vein to draw blood for regular blood tests, and so I passed out. Luckily they had already removed the needle, and another nurse was able to nicely find a vein in my hand.
But today I am done. Not in the "yippee, let's celebrate!" way, but in the "just shoot me now!" way. I'm sure I'll feel better tomorrow after a good night's sleep.


  1. So getting pregnant feels like doing chemo and radiation? Not selling the start-a-family angle very well. Ha.

    Loves, dear sister. I still think you need to schedule some "lazy" time into your days--your body is dealing with a lot, not to mention your mind and your brain. You should claim some hours of Annie time dedicated to rest and recuperate in the afternoons or whenever works for you. Also maybe a cancer-themed punching bag? Get some exercise while getting out some aggression! Would a giant hanging 'tumor' you could punch be too creepy to have around the house?

    1. You make me laugh darling!!! And thankfully today is not so bad! whew!