Well, I have successfully completed one full week of radiation. I feel good so far, just incredibly tired. I wasn’t expecting the exhaustion to start so quickly so that’s been a bit challenging. I have a little pain under my arm pit but nothing crazy. I’ll mention it to the radiation oncologist tomorrow during my weekly visit.
I’ve started using the Miaderm mixed when Calendula oil twice daily. I can’t put it on prior to radiation (within 4 hours) so I’ve gotten into the routine of showering at night, putting the lotion on before bed and then bringing it with me to radiation and putting it on immediately after treatment. So far this seems to be working well.
My appointments have varied in time each day based on what they had available at the time so I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible women in the waiting room over the last week. They have shared their stories, words of encouragement and what to expect after a few weeks of treatment. That’s been helpful and it’s wonderful to chat with so many strong women.
The machine has been “down” a few times over the 5 treatments so the appointments typically vary in length. I waited over an hour one day before being called in and the next my appointment was in and out in under 40 minutes. The radiation part is super fast but the positioning and the films each day take a while. With the 45 minute drive each way and then the 40ish minutes for changing and treatment, I’m tired by the time I even arrive home. Having people to chat with in the waiting area has been helpful so I don’t mind the wait. Things happen. 🙂
That being said, I think this is a great opportunity to listen to some books on tape…or streaming, I guess is the thing nowadays. Can anyone recommend a streaming service? I’m hoping for a free one but not sure if that’s a possibility or not. Thanks in advance!
1 week down, 5 more to go – yeah! Happy Monday folks!