Sunday, January 27, 2008

Don't believe everything you hear

I was told by quite a few people that radiation treatment would be a piece of cake, compared to chemotherapy. I guess I read that as, "Radiation will be a piece of cake." So far, radiation has done some funny, not ha-ha, things to me and I am already sick to death of it.

Friday I had my second radiation treatment. That is two out of twenty done. On Wednesday I had about thirty x-rays taken around my chest, back, and neck area. I had a lot of exposure to radiation last week. After my treatment on Friday I went to work. I lasted three and a half hours, then I had to go home. I was fine when I arrived at work. It was weird how fast I was overcome with complete exhaustion. When I got home I immediately crashed and fell asleep for four hours. I was up for around three hours then I went to bed for good.

Saturday I couldn't drag my ass out of bed at all, until 12 PM. I went with my brother into town for a few hours and fell asleep while he ate lunch. When I got home I slept for another hour and a half then went to a dinner party. I perked up at the party.

This morning I was in and out of bed. I had some visitors and that broke things up a bit. I really haven't been eating a whole lot since Friday, so I decided to force myself to eat a decent meal. After eating, I felt like I should get out and go for a brisk walk. The weather was warm today. It almost got up to 45 degrees F. This is what usually happens before a big storm front moves in and drops a a lot of snow. The walk really helped get me feeling better. I wish the weather would stay better so I could do it more. It's usually too cold and icy for me to get out and walk much.

Anyway, I am hoping that what happened to me on Friday was just a fluke. I really don't need to be put out of commission right now. As for listening to other people tell me what to expect with this stuff, I am going to take it with a grain of salt.

14 comments:

Julie Schuler said...

My heart goes out to you. If you can rest, then you should.

Diane Mandy said...

I say do what your body tells you to do. Rest if you need to, walk if you want. Just take good care of youself. Everyone's boyd chemistry and make up are different. You'll handle this your way.

The Grunt said...

Julie~ Thanks for the support. It means a lot to me. I will rest.

Diane~ You hit the nail on the head.

Everybody else~ Where are you?

Keshi said...

u can rest in my arms anytime u want Grunty...HUGGGGGGGGGGGZ!

Keshi.

Nessa said...

I say listen to your body, too, not some random (aren't I hep?) people. Maybe all of the extra xrays put you over the edge. Be nice to yourself.

Jules said...

Hi Sweetie... sorry i've been gone for a bit. I'm sad to hear you're having such a hard time with the rad treatments. When my dad was going through them, it was the fatigue that really knocked it out of him too... and the sore sunburned feeling skin. But... in the end, isn't it better than the sores in the mouth, the messed up tastebuds, the not being able to eat, the throwing up? 2 down, 18 more to go. You can do it, Babes!!

The Grunt said...

Keshi~ If I could I would take you up on that offer in a heart beat.

Nessa~ I keep wondering how my low blood count and remaining chemo toxicity, combined with this radiation, are factoring in on this problem.

Jules~ 3 down, 17 to go now. I made it through this day!

Tys on Ice said...

man, i wish there was something more i cud do than sit here and type 'hang in there'

u beat this thing and take a trip down here...I will make sure u party till u drop..

vera said...

Grunt-o...

I'm around, just been quiet. Life (tm), ya know...
I am really hoping for positive things for you, dear. Sorry to hear the radition treatment isn't as "easy" as you thought it would be. Hang in there, hun. You're much stronger than you think you are.

/Vera

Keshi said...

awww...and I really meant wut I said. :) I dun say that to every guy I come across either. U r truly special Grunty.

and plz do take part in my current post ok ;-)

Keshi.

Photogirl said...

Walking is both good for the body, and good for the soul. I hope the next treatment is better :)

The Grunt said...

Tys~ Well, I have the same problem when people ask me how I'm doing at work and such. If I say that I'm not doing well then I have to go into a long explanation. A party sounds real good right now.

Vera~ I'm doing my best. It's hard to tell how strong you really become when the battle is long and you are weary from the fight.

Keshi~ That is good to know:)

Celeste~ So far these past two treatments haven't killed me and I've managed to complete full shifts at work.

Autumn Storm said...

Hope it gets easier, xo

Clearlykels said...

Everyone has different reactions:-) Thinking of you.