I’m At It Again.

Good rainy evening to you! If you live anywhere around Lexington then I’m sure you’ve been experiencing rain all weekend and, as I think I have mentioned before, I do not appreciate this because my mood is always affected by the weather! I am always a sunshine over rain kind of gal unless, of course, I am getting to stay inside all day with coffee and a good book. And while I have been able to do that some today, I still have had a little bit of the rainy day glooms because I am sitting just feet away from my husband and yet I haven’t seen him all day! Stinkin block exams are this coming weekend and so I have already become a ‘blocks widow’ for the week as he is already locked away in his office. Bleh. Pharmacy school makes for the most bipolar, love/hate relationship I have ever experienced and I am so ready to break up with it. I am so thankful that Bryan has this opportunity for such a wonderful education but I’ll be honest, graduation can hurry up if it wants to! Anyway….. πŸ™‚

Ok, so I know I said that I will start radiation tomorrow but there has been a change in plans. I saw my doctor here in Lexington on Friday to do some more testing, and now I am actually going to wait until next Monday to start, October 14th. What? You didn’t think I was just going to be your typical patient did you? No no no. If you know me at all by now, you know that my body just thrives on being the exception to the rule and being the most complicated case it can possibly be. So surprise surprise, I’m at it again.

I had a bunch of x-rays done on Friday so that my doctor could see exactly how he wanted to proceed with radiation. After they took a few pics, my doctor came in and said, “Well, you are very skinny.” Now, normally, that is a good thing but when it comes to radiation, turns out it is not helpful at all. Because I am thinner and have no muscle in my upper body, especially in the area where they took my breast and some of the underlying tissue, I am at risk for having the radiation hit my lung and heart. This is something the doctor obviously wants to avoid. There really is no way to avoid hitting some of my lung because it is so close to my chest wall, but if we can avoid hitting my heart then we can avoid the radiation causing any heart disease to occur any more than what may have naturally occurred with old age. In order to do this, I will be receiving the lowest dose of radiation possible while still being effective in killing any remaining cancerous cells. Sounds like a win win right? Well unfortunately, the lower the dose of radiation, the harder it is to control so they will have to use a combination of machines to make sure I receive the best and safest treatment possible. So since we have a plan for treatment, why aren’t we proceeding? Turns out they don’t use this low of a does of radiation very often so they are taking the week to make sure the machine is in tip top shape and all ready to go.

Long story short, that is why I will be starting radiation next week. In the meantime, the therapists did write all over me with markers to map out the area they want to radiate. So if you see me, don’t worry, the board game on my chest is there on purpose.

If you would, please be praying this week as the doctors review my case and plan my treatment course, that things will proceed exactly as planned and without complication. The sooner I start, the sooner I will be one step closer to being done!

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4 thoughts on “I’m At It Again.

  1. Hey, there. I’m from Happily Hitched and I’ve been following along. I’m also a medical physicist so I was curious which machines they’ll be using for you? A regular linac and the tomotherapy? Are you going to UK? If you’ve got any questions about the physics side of radiation therapy, I’d be happy to give you my $0.02 though of course the team working with you will know better the specifics. πŸ™‚

    • Hey Jenny! I remember Courtney telling me a while back that’s what you did but, at that time, I wasn’t going to be having radiation. But yes, now that I am I would love to talk with you! I always love learning about what I’m going through on a scientific level. I don’t know what kind of treatment I will be getting exactly. He explained the machine but never gave it a specific term. Anyway, whenever you have time, I’d love to chat!

  2. I certainly will be praying for you & for wisdom for the doctor & techniciansthat will be working with you.
    May the sunshine shine brightly this week as you wait for the machine to be in tip-top condition.
    May our great Physician be constantly in control.

    Blessings,

    Ruth Perry

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