... with radiation!
Yesterday was my last day for radiation treatment. I'm glad it's over with. Not only for the fact of having to drive to the office every day, but for the two side effects I am enduring. They told me I would feel fatigue and that I would have a radiation burn. They were right - I have both.
Fatigue hits me the hardest late afternoon and if I can get in a nap, I usually feel better and can make it to bed time. Some times I need to head to bed early and other times I'm able to stay up quite late. If I don't get a nap in, I'm exhausted by the time my head hits the pillow.
The burn I have got to the painful stage last weekend. Yesterday they prescribed a burn cream and I'm hoping that helps quickly. They said my skin won't be back to normal for another couple of weeks.
Even though it was tedious to go into the office each day and go through the exact same procedures once there, I enjoyed getting to know the technicians (Mary, Tina, and later, Karen), the nurse (Sharon), the receptionist (Kathy), and the rotating group of doctors (4 of them). I appreciated their smiles each day as we greeted each other and the kindness they showed to me each and every day. I won't miss the daily trek nor the treatments, but I will miss these friends and the relationships we formed.
Here are a few pictures to show you how things looked for me.