Friday, February 24, 2012

Radiation Week 2

Monday Feb. 20th - All went well today. I started this week at my new appt. time 7:40 AM. Its very early, but I'm trying to do my best at getting to Goshen and getting back so that Nate is able to head to work as early as possible. Today I was even back early enough to take Max to school. I feel like anxiety is kicking in this week just with the daily appts. Last night I felt a little nauseated and again on the way to Goshen this morning, along with some emotional distress. I feel like its too early for this to be kicking in seeing as I still have 5 weeks to go. Hopefully it will get better as the week goes on. I'm also very tired today I didn't have the energy to go exercise like I had planned.

Tuesday Feb. 21st - Left the house this morning with very normal morning weather conditions 25 minutes into my trip I was wondering what anyone was doing out on the road. It started snowing so badly that I could barely see anything. Thankfully I made it to my treatment and had a very slow ride home. My marking on my chest is covered by a clear round sticker and that was replaced today, treatment was normal although I felt out of position the numbers were all lined up correctly. When they placed the bulos (a flabby, wet, rubbery material, that is used to 'fool' the radiation beam so it will deposit the maximum dose on the skin surface instead of a fraction of an inch deeper, as it would otherwise) I could feel the "sunburn" feeling. I still have a little bit of a nauseated feeling today and also in my throat it feels like I have heart burn or acid re flux unfortunately its from the radiation that they are doing to my throat. Doc was in a meeting today so I didn't see him as planned since he will be gone on Thursday I will see one of the other physicians tomorrow. Very tired again today.

Wednesday Feb. 22nd - More snow on the way to and from Goshen, but not a drop in sight here in Columbia City so crazy!  Treatment was fine today, my therapist Katie told me since the Doc wasn't in to see me and I was just going to see one of his associates I could sneak out without seeing anyone so I did, stopped and talked to the nurse a bit about my sore throat its worse today when I swallow or cough it feels like my throat and chest are on fire, and eating food is similar to swallowing pebbles. I'm gonna try the honey for a few days and if that doesn't help the nurse said they could prescribe me something. I've also had an issue with burping a lot after treatment. She said it could be do to my diaphragm getting some radiation to it.

Thursday Feb. 23rd - Milestone Day, 1/3 of the way done with treatments 11 down 22 to go!! I had scans done today, and it was another eventful driving day as it was very foggy across all the counties and the roads were icy once I got to Warsaw. The kids have no school today due to the fog so hopefully I can make it through the day without being too grouchy as I'm very tired again today. My throat and chest feel like fire when I cough today swallowing is ok so far this morning, but I am coughing more. One more day left in this week!!

Friday Feb. 24th - Treatment as normal today, I was finally pushed in to see the on call physician since Dr. Doctor is out this week, this guy was a little strange not only because he had a plaid tie with striped collared shirt on, but because he basically just read off my chart the whole time he was with me. My throat is feeling pretty crappy today. and I'm tired again today. After my treatment I got to have breakfast with me sweet friend Nicky. 12 down, 21 to go!!

1 comment:

Deb said...

Heather I have been following yur Blog. I have been praying u through this , as well as others .
You are a very strong young lady! You just amaze me!!!!
May the good Lord be with you and Bless you and your family! Love, your past youth group leader! Deb
Do you remember me !?