Thursday, October 7, 2010

3 DOWN, 27 TO GO

Right now, the hardest thing about radiation is driving over to the office every day, but that will probably change. The side effects I can expect are fatigue and skin sensitivity. The fatigue usually starts after the second week and the skin sensitivity could be any time - every woman is different. I have felt a little bit of tightness and a burning sensation every once in a while.

The actual procedure is nothing. There's a set up that takes about 5 minutes. I have to lay in a cradle type apparatus that was custom molded to my mid-body. They line me up using three small tattoos (yes, now I can say I have tattoos) they gave me at my simulation appointment. They then take a scan and line that scan up with the original scan (again, at the simulation appointment) to make sure I'm in the right position.

Once they have confirmation that I'm lined up properly, they start the radiation, which takes all of 6.3 minutes. I have to lay perfectly still but I don't feel a thing and I walk out of the office about 25 minutes after I've walked in, which is at 3:20 each day.

And I received a phone call from the cardiologist's office today telling me the results of the MUGA-scan came back showing my heart normal again. They didn't give me the number that they use to clarify how normal, but I'll find that out when I meet with my oncologist on Monday.


Kegulneq said...


I dont care how normal. Normal in general is a good thing and I am super excited to hear that! I was so worried before!

I'm glad radiation is relatively painless. This is also good news. :)

Praying for you as always. Sending hugs and love your way!

MightyMom said...

Glad to hear things are progressing smoothly

Sis said...

Great news on the MUGA-scan!! Yay! Thank you God for answering that prayer! Love you sis :)

Dad Spray said...

So happy that radiation is going well. And what great news concerning your heart. Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Love always, DAD

mom said...

You're not only "walking in sunshine," you are marching right through it like a winner with her eye focused clearly on victory.

You go girl! Much love!