So today was my 3rd radiation treatment (only 25 to go!). Yesterday took a little longer because they had to attach some wires and get a reading of how much radiation I was getting for their physicist. Sort of a quality control check, I think. Then I had to see the radiation doc (Dr. B). I'll see him every Tuesday. I knew I'd be seeing him occasionally, but couldn't remember how often. He just went over with me, again, some of the side effects, and what to do about them.
The main side effect is diarrhea, and skin irritation in that area. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, because the med. for diarrhea also affects my bladder. I still have some bladder problems; it never came back all the way after surgery, but the problems are minor. Dr. B said he'd rather I have bladder problems then the diarrhea, because I could lose too much fluids and electrolytes. When the problem starts, I think I'll call the urologist I saw after surgery and see what he thinks. In the meantime, I'm eating a low fiber diet, and trying to think of all the "binding" foods I can! The hard part will be not eating all the wonderful fruits of summer. But I'm very happy to be able to have cold stuff for most of the summer!
Today, I parked near the door at 11:18, and was back in the car by 11:33! When its just radiation, and no doc or other tests, its really fast! I'm learning how to position myself better so it's not quite as uncomfortable.
I did have a little nausea the first afternoon. I ate a little supper, then gave up and went to lay down and read for awhile. I also took a Compazine pill to help. I felt fine a little while later. I was a little queasy yesterday afternoon too, but was out shopping with Shonna, and it went away on its own. Today--so far so good! Most people don't have any nausea with this 5FU drug, but I've read about some that had bad reactions to it, so you never know!
Other than that--the pump is annoying, but overall this is a lot better than chemo! Everytime I'm laying on the table for radiation I remember that God is there with me, and I relax, and it goes just fine!
Take care everyone!