Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Radiation is a GO!

Talk about a double-edged sword... I'm thrilled that I have been given the OK for the radiation treatments, as they are, minus the surgery, my best hope for survival, but ... you know,... the thought kinda scares me.

I know, I know, I'm supposed to reserve judgement until I actually experience it myself.  I wonder if they will let me take some Xanax before the first one?  What a coward I am. :D

So, first radiation treatment is also on Thursday, just about an hour and a half after my first chemo.  The nurse said to check in right after chemo, and if they can get me in, they will.  She also said I won't take long, and I liked the sound of that.  It's just I have to do it every single day (with weekends off) for eight to ten weeks.

Well, you know, considering the alternative, I'll be there with bells on!

I've been making a list of things to talk to the oncs about:  Do they have a nutritionist at the center, or is there one they recommend?  Should I go ahead and get some liquid nutritional supplements?  Can I have a glass of wine if it doesn't hurt?  Oh, and of course, can I take a Xanax before the radiation? 

Talked with my friend, Polly, today.  She always makes me laugh, and we both agree that to keep laughing will  definitely have a positive influence on my ability to manage all these treatments.  I got tired, though, after talking for about twenty minutes.  But I love Polly, and she can surely brighten up my day.

I've got my Kindle loaded up with books, reference materials and games, so that's what I am taking with me on Chemo Thursdays.  I don't think I should actually need any diversions for the daily rads.  I know the first infusion contains Benadryl, an anti-nausea and some steroids, oh, and Pepcid, or something like that.  If I am lucky, perhaps the Benadryl will make me sleepy and I can catch a nap through the next two infusions. One can but hope. :D

And that's the news of the day!

2 comments:

  1. I see you have many followers, Tequila--and they must all enjoy your blog as much as I do. I so envy your writing skills and humor. Your positive, can-do attitude will serve you well through your journey. As you say, you have many praying on your behalf...Helen/CO

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  2. Thank you for posting, Helen, and I am very happy if my writing can make someone smile. As for those prayers, I am truly a lucky woman. Blessings to you, Helen!

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