14-06-2018 08:58 AM
13-06-2018 10:34 PM
Good luck everyone going through and just starting your rad treatment.
I had 15 sessions and had no problems until the 7th day as I had a nausea afternoon due to taking my Tamoxifen in the morning rather than at night and this did knock me sideways just a little, just completely ran out of steam and had to go home from work.
I then only worked a couple of hours in the morning and then went home after my treatment, felt tired but made myself go out for an hour with the dog and after 15 mins walking felt better.
Still drank tea but also lots of squash to keep hydrated, the one day I didn’t drink enough I did feel tired.
My last week my legs did feel heavy in the afternoon and so left work mid afternoon and again Thursday and Friday I went straight home after treatment.
I used Aloe Vera on my skin and in the afternoon Forever Living Aloe First ( which we always use as after sun) and this was great, before going to bed I used Forever Living Aloe & Bee Propolis cream. Have my rad tan but. no problem with my skin at all.
I had a masectomy and my scar on my arm side is lumpy bumpy and tender but apparently this is normal and this should go down in the next few weeks. I have a seroma under the side of my scar and my drain site which is bruised which I hope will go down also.
Any questions please ask, but hope everyone goes though smoothly with as few problems as possible.
13-06-2018 09:26 PM
Lilacmoon I also had my first session today! Was a bit overwhelmed to start with and blubbed again, but once I was on the bed it was okay.....they said I can bring in my own CD to listen to if I want 🎼
Now I don't know if this is psychosomatic but I am really thirsty! Been drinking lots but mouth feels parched - anyone else had this so soon? I know they say keep well-hydrated but I wasn't expecting a thirst......
13-06-2018 09:10 PM
13-06-2018 05:34 PM
You bet it will, already made a note of it xxx
are you taking in enough fluids as that will help with fatigue, good that you are listening to your body as that will help you
13-06-2018 04:21 PM
Glad you liked them.
I think you are right a combination of everything and it just spills over, which is good as it is better to get it out.
How was your first day after rads xx
13-06-2018 11:54 AM
Hi DCB and Loz. number 6 for me today and all fine. keep doing arm excercises. I stand slightly in front of a door and raise arms up and back to touch the door. I do keep getting shoulder spasm and take ibrupofen 1 hour before I go, usually half an hour been have had a bit of a wait this last 2 days to machines being down. I know everbody reacts differently but I had a review yesterday and radiography said I will start to see colour change this time next week. She also mentioned my skin was looking really good and asked what I was using. I am using Aveeno 4 times a day. Morning, Lunch time, straight after treatment when getting changed and night time so fingers crossed it will stay this way. Drinking 2 litres a day excluding coffees and always take full bottle with me and knock that bad why waiting and after. Also asked at the end when all the formal stuff had been done if I could do my nails. Yes I can and her words were you can do anything as long as its not in the breast area and won't affect the treatment. Again all clinics are different. I hope my 5 days experience helps you both moving forward with your own. One other thing is walking, I go for a walk through the village every two hours and if I can't do it or in other words can't be bothered I go up and down the stairs till I get a bit of a sweat on.
Fit bit is going on meltdown.
Ladies I am sure all will go great for you and all sessions complete and ringing that bell. Four times it rang in my clinic yesterday and I can't wait to ring it and going to video it also then put on facebook as advise to all my friends that it can be beaten, I have done it, finished active treatment and to inform them all to check their boobs.
Jencat - Ringing that bell for you. and bet it feels so strange not having to go today?
Have a great day all and good rads today. Mine is not till 16:45 today.
13-06-2018 10:21 AM
Helena, I'm glad I'm not the only one who cried after finishing rads! I couldn't believe how emotional I felt, even getting changed afterwards made me feel teary! (Probably not helped either that I was tired as my treatment was at 8am!)
I loved the bells btw, thank you xx
13-06-2018 10:15 AM
I feel tired today Dcb, but I'm not sure if part of it isn't down to the emotion of yesterday! I did feel overwhelmingly tired a few times during treatment and had to have naps, but think it was partly down to the journey each day as well. The radiologist said to make sure I drank a lot as that helps with the fatigue. x
I feel as if the physical side is finished, but now I need to spend a bit of time looking after myself mentally x
13-06-2018 10:06 AM
Glad your first rads went ok Dcb I remember thinking on my second day that I didn't think I could do it and 25 sessions seemed forever! (Didn't know at the time that the 25 sessions were only the ordinary rads and the boosters hadn't been added on yet, good job I didn't!) But once I got into the routine and got to know the staff, the time has gone really quickly! x
13-06-2018 09:59 AM
Thank you all very much for your lovely replies and for the bell ringing! There wasn't a bell at the hospital, so thank you for those
I didn't celebrate Helena as when I got back YD was in agony with a kidney infection, so spent the afternoon at the doctor's with her! Also, ED won't be back until the weekend, so I'm sure we'll do something then. We did end up at ex-husband's house after the doctor's though and had dinner together with his step-daughter and her two small daughter's, which was nice. (Bit strange I know, but ex-hus and I get on quite well)
I'll celebrate properly once I know the cancer's gone-there was a microscopic amount in the internal mammory node, so I'm sure I'll need to have another scan in a few weeks time once everything has settled down after rads. I've worried a bit that maybe I won't have been given enough rads for it to be zapped, although the radiographers have assured me that the amount of treatments I needed are carefully worked out and the treatment nurse said she'd be very surprised if there would be any cancer left. Despite all this, there is a bit of me thinking perhaps I should have had more boosters to be on the safe side!
Found it quite difficult to sleep last night, I think it was the emotion of the day, so feel tired this morning! I used to go to rads at different times, so it's not really hit me yet that I'm not going today!
It's a year ago today that I was diagnosed with bc, what a year! xx
13-06-2018 08:14 AM
ringing the bell for you both Jencat and Daisiemoo. - tried to add a flash bell picture but I’m a technophobe!
Great to hear people coming out the other side - how are you both feeling? is it right that the fatigue hits after treatment stops? even if it does I’m sure there is also such a great relief to be finished with those daily trips!
Day 1 done for me, was strangely very anxious but it was all very straightforward! 1 down, 19 to go!
Have great days all