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.

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4 Replies to "Radiation Round 6 to 10: A Closer Look"

  • SnodV
    June 17, 2014 (5:55 pm)

    Denis! The Hulk!
    it’s kind of cool that I had that same gold mesh, in that same machine with the same techs as you. except you are way cooler and prettier. and waaaayyyy more fit!

    • Nalie
      June 19, 2014 (7:09 pm)

      Haha I told denis today that you call him the Hulk! he laughed. And uhhh… you’re just as cool if not cooler miss! Hope I look like you when im your age 🙂 with the same attitude. 🙂

  • Trish
    June 18, 2014 (8:48 am)

    I have just started following your blog. Wow girl!! You are such an inspiration. Hope the rest of the rounds go well.

    • Nalie
      June 19, 2014 (7:02 pm)

      Thank you for following my blog now 🙂 I appreciate the wishes. xo