Radiation Round 6 to 10: A Closer Look
June 3, 2014
May 28 to June 3 2014.
This week, radiation went smoothly! I’ve been in and out of the hospital for no more than 45 minutes a day. The technicians and I all get along great. As you can see, they are all used to my crazy ways and allow me to pretty much film everything and anything I want! Yay!
Things I learnt this week:
– When doing the breath-hold technique, I hold my breath on average 12 times. The 6th and the 12th time are always the longest! Sometimes I think I may suffocate myself… but then, I remember… I tend to exaggerate…
– Weekends are even more precious to me. I just feel like I’m wasting my summer at the hospital. So every week I try and do something fun and memorable. This weekend, we went zip-lining for my boyfriends birthday at Arbraska! Good times.
Otherwise, Here is a list of things my therapists recommend I do during radiation VS my thoughts!
– Maintain a good nutrition. (You always should! Radiation or no radiation!)
– Wear a soft bra without a wire. (OR wear NO bra, like me… freedom!!!)
– Wear loose cotton clothing to minimize skin irritation. Avoid Nylon. (It’s true… whenever I wear my tight tank tops, thats when I feel like my skin is sensitive.)
– Continue to exercise for arm flexibility. (OR go to Urban Body after radiation 3 times a week! Challenge yourself, but of course listen to your body!)
– Do not erase markings. ( OK… impossible! I guess my skin is always moist or something but these markings come off on its own! I guess I sweat too much during my workouts. But they just won’t stay on!)
– Wash the treated area gently. Use lukewarm water and unscented soap such as Dove or Ivory. Pat dry. (I use Dove, and never ever scrub the treated area!)
– Use an unscented cream such as Glaxal Base or Aveeno 3-4 times a day to keep skin hydrated throughout treatments. Do not apply 4 hours prior to treatment. (I stole my little cousin’s Aveeno baby lotion… lol. I also use pure Aloe Vera after treatment to soothe my skin.)
– Do not use deodorant, powders, talcs, perfume or vaseline. (My poor technicians… )
– Do not shave your armpit on the treated side ( So I’m wondering… should I have one hairy armpit, and one shaved armpit? Or should I keep it symmetrical? Gross!)
– Protect your skin from the sun, cold or wind. Do not wear sunscreen during treatment. (Guess I won’t be tanning this summer… )
– Do not swim in chlorinated or salted water. (So our ghetto beaches here in Montreal are ok right…?)
This week’s symptoms:
– So far, I don’t see a difference! Skin feels slightly more sensitive, but nothing worth complain about! I was told to moisturize as much as possible regardless!
Praying that everything goes smoothly up until my 29th round.