Thursday, October 1, 2009

Waiting for radiation

First, thanks for the advice and reassurance on the muscle aches. Still have them, guess I just have to wait it out, must be the chemo still working its way out.

I'm still enjoying my walks, even as the weather gets colder. No complaints about the weather here, compared to the Philipinnes, Indonesia, etc. They are having crazy, dangerous weather over there.

I went for bloodwork on Tuesday, and its coming along. My white blood counts are back in the normal range, and my hemoglobin has come up quite a bit. It's at 115 (120 is the bottom of the normal range, so I'm getting closer). Good enough for them to put my name on the list for my port removal.

I was told radiation was tentatively starting Monday, then Wednesday, then Thursday, but no confirmations. Today I got a call saying my 'plan' is ready and I should get a call later today with my start date/time. No call.

So, I am heading to the lake early tomorrow and hopefully I'll get a message that radiation will start Monday. Normally I wouldn't be so rushed to get started, but I'm on a timeline. We have a little 'girls getaway' planned starting Nov 11th, and now I'm worried my 25 treatments are going to get very close to that date.

Have a good weekend everyone!


  1. All the best for the radiation!
    Mine is over...finished about 2 weeks ago...

    Sunshine from Cairo, Egypt!

  2. Hi Beth.
    Radiation will come soon enough but for now your body is still healing from the chemo. I know we are all in a hurry to get things over with and get our lives back to normal.I keep counting down the time until my surgery happens but I know in the meantime I have to enjoy myself while I can.
    Enjoy your weekend at the lake and I hope you have lots of sunshine there. :)

  3. Beth:

    Sounds like you're playing the waiting game, anticipating the beginning of radiation. Have you let the doctors know that you have a timeline regarding the "girls' getaway"? I found that the radiation nurses and technicians were very accomodating and frequently tried to work the treatments in around my schedule.

    Have a nice weekend!

  4. That's been my experience, too. It's okay to take a day or two or three off here and there to go play! Just ask - the girls' getaway is just as healing as the radiation!

  5. I finished my radiotherapy on Friday. My oncologist likes to push things along really quickly so I started the Monday after chemo! I am 3 1/2 weeks post chemo now and I am starting to feel a little more human. Radiotherapy is nothing compared to chemo you just have to get over the mental block of people pushing your body around a bit x