I have completed week 1 of my radiation.I am now starting week 2.
The first few days the appointments took longer because they needed pictures of the exact locations etc. Those appts were about 30 minutes long. We are targeting the breast and the lymph node chain from my underarm to my neck.
My main problem is being still for that long and only breathing not moving at all. For some reason, I get itchy lol.
The normal time it will take will be 15 minutes.
To be honest it takes me longer to drive to my appointments than it does to get my treatment.
I am extremely tired. I take a nap most days ( not like me at all ) and I am sleeping more at night instead of my usual 7 hours I am sleeping about 9 hours.
They have told me to only use Aquaphor on the scars.
The radiologist said the tiredness will get worse and so will the burns in the coming weeks.
I am still fighting like a girl.
I was very lucky my oncologist ordered the Oncotype – DX testing on my breast cancer tumor.
This tested for over 20 genes and it lets them know some important stuff such as chemo would only decrease my chances of not getting cancer again in 5 years by 1%. That little detail let myself and the doctors decide it was not worth the side effects for 1%.
I am grateful for this new testing for breast cancer because without it I would have had to do chemo.
Today I had to pre- register at the hospital to get the chemo port taken out since it will not be needed. That will be done this week and its a 10 minute thing.
I then went to the radiologist/ oncologist appointment to get molded for the position I will be in each time I receive radiation so they are sure I am in the exact same position each time. While I was there they did a CAT scan that was an easy test since I can see out both ends. I can not do a MRI.
The Dr. will now configure up everything to pinpoint the exact locations for my chemo. They are targeting the breast and the lymph node chain.
They gave me some tiny little tatoo’s that felt like a tiny needle that helps with the locations.
Next week I should be starting radiation and this will go on for 5 weeks x 5 days a week I was able to reduce it by 1 1/2 weeks with my second surgery.
Life is good and I am so grateful to the wonderful people I have in my life. Your support has meant everything to me.
I am still fighting like a girl.
This pair of chipping sparrows are building a nest where the ones last year built one.
Maybe they like this one because part of the work was already done.
The funny thing is there are 3 other bird houses in the same area but the birds seem to like this one because it is the tallest.
Stripey was just sitting there all prim and proper so I could not resist taking a picture of him.
This was taken using my Canon 400mm lens and it really turned out quite clear and he had no idea I was taking his picture.
Today I took out the camera it has been awhile.
I headed for the heifers next door and caught these cuties just in time.
The tongue shot was just good timing she had been eating molasses.
These cows lay on the edge of the round bale so this is why they have hay all over them. They do not seem to mind at all even if it is picture time.
Cows have many expressions and I love trying to capture their true personalities.