First radiation treatment tomorrow morning

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MiaB
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   Posted 3/20/2005 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I'm finally starting treatment tomorrow morning at 10:30!  I'm excited and nervous but not scared really.  Nerves are just from the unknown but not fearful, I want this and have actually looked forward to something being done to rid any "left over bad guys".  I'll be on a 6 week course and I'm SO lucky to have a Cleveland Clinic facility within 15 miles of me.  DH took the day off to go with me. And DD is on spring break so she will go too.  They are going to observe from the control room. Then we are heading out to get DD a new bike.  My retail therapy is over now it's her turn!  tongue
 
So, I guess I had blocked this out from my first appointment with the rad. onc. but I heard them this time when they told me on Friday that I won't be able to shave that underarm until treatment is over!!!!!!  nono    WHAT??????  Are they serious????  I can't go that long, I'm a newlywed I can't let him see THAT!!!  Oh please tell me one of you ladies have a way around this.  Could I possibly just use a trimmer to keep it short?  I know in the big scheme of things this is minor but it is bad enough I can't use deodorant.  Oh well, if I can't, I can't.  I'll learn how to deal with it.  It's a small price to pay I suppose.
 
PCE is not necessary if there are more pressing visits to be made tomorrow.  But you ladies are always welcome to join me.  I'll be in Wooster on Cleveland Rd.  There is shopping near by and lots of good restaurants if anyone gets hungry....
 
Love and hugs,
 
Mia
 
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Tavish
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   Posted 3/20/2005 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia-
Rads should be a piece of cake! You will be done after your first session and you'll hardly know anything happened. They did 2 zaps for me, then I changed and went to work, was in and out in a few minutes. By about the 4th one though, my breast became tender and got pinker as the weeks went on. Never more than pink, and I had no problem with wearing a bra or other clothes. No burns, and I did use deoderant with my rad onc's blessing. Because my appointment was at 7:15 am, I just brought it in a bag and applied afterwards, and I used an aloe gel to help moisturize. Be sure to check with the doc before using any products. As for shaving, I had just finished chemo. And surprisingly, I still had to shave my dang legs throughout chemo (less often though), I actually had lost my arm pit hair by the end of chemo and I had none to worry about during rads.

Good luck tomorrow!
Lori


Post Edited (Tavish) : 3/20/2005 8:09:04 PM (GMT-7)


ardee
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   Posted 3/20/2005 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, you should do just fine.  You might do well to use a "natural" deodorant.  I was not allowed to use anything but that.  You can buy them in some grocery stores, and specialty stores like Trader Joe's.  And I highly recommend the aloe-based gel (no color in it).  I did get radiation burns, but not until my "booster" series began.  But you may not have any problems. 
 
As for shaving, I wouldn't recommend it.  Your skin gets very thin, like tissue paper, and you DON'T want the problems I had, and I never shaved!  By the end of your treatment you will probably be glad you didn't shave. 
 
Good luck!  Let us know how it goes.
 
Hugs,
Rita


Skky
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   Posted 3/20/2005 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia,
I have no expierience with any of this yet, but just wish to say good luck.
Michelle

debbiR
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   Posted 3/20/2005 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Mia:

You will do great tomorrow! Actually, it will take you longer to get undressed and in their gown than the actual treatment takes. The only real side affect that I had was  being tired about half way thru the treatments. Good excuse for a quick nap. lol As for shaving under the arm, I wouldn't do it, esp if you have had any lymph nodes removed. I also really didn't have any problems with burns until the treatments were completed (30 of them). My rad onco gave me some "gel paks" that were absolutely wonderful. You put them in the fridg and then place them on the areas that are hot. If your rad onco doesn't have any, your local ER or any med ctr that treats burns will have some. Also the clear aloa helps.

Good luck tomorrow. Glad that your family will be with you!

Hugs

Deb


 


cupycake2
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   Posted 3/20/2005 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia,

Wish that I could help with the "hair removal".......hmmmm, it has been so long since my rads that I have forgotten just what I did do about that same problem. If you ask the technicians tomorrow, maybe they will have some ideas for you. I wonder if you could use a hair removal cream??? Just think on the positive side of this, you might not have to shave anymore on that side!

It sounds like you have a wonderful DH that probably will not care about this whole situation. I am sure that getting you thru all of this is tops on his priority list, not the excess underarm growth.

I will be thinking about you tomorrow and saying a prayer for you that it all goes smoothly for you.

(Please check your emails, I have FINALLY answered you.) Looking forward to meeting you.

Special hugs and thoughts are coming your way.
Debbie
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MiaB
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   Posted 3/20/2005 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your loving thoughts, prayers and words of wisdom.  I really feel so blessed to have found this site.  It is a God-send, truly!  I know I will be fine tomorrow, I am in good hands.  And yes, I do have a wonderful DH, I told him what I posted and he said he won't mind the "hairy pits" at all he's just happy to still have me.  (Collective Awww's everyone)  Can you believe he was someone's "cast away" husband?  She sure didn't know what she was giving up, if she thinks she could find anyone better she's delusional......well that's a whole other story that's not suited for this lovely site.
 
Deb, I'm going to read my email right now.  I'll try to write back before I poop out for the day.
 
Thanks again everyone!
 
Hugs,
 
Mia
 
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


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gma
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   Posted 3/20/2005 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
AWWWWW He is a keeper. We'll be there tomorrow, even if it is just a very short time. Don't try shaving and get your skin so tender you could get an infection and then you really would have problems. No hair remover, either. That stuff is wicked on my skin. Not to worry about the pits, just take care of you and your hubby and your daughter. AND REST. Radiation seems to be very tiring. Hugs MK


lemonz
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   Posted 3/21/2005 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I am afraid I had no hair either. Chemo can be a very good hair remover. Radiation is easy. What you want to watch is the effects. Everything you use on your treatment area has to alcohol free. Make sure your aloe is alcohol free. If you still end up with a problem please post. Be glad to share what I learned. PCE is ready if you need us. L&H Joyce
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coopfesta
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   Posted 3/21/2005 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, it's confession time:
 
Here goes:
 
I haven't used deoderant since surgery on my lymph nodes! 
 
Whew!!!!!
 
I think I haven't offended anyone, but of course, I couldn't be sure of that.  I've just been too paranoid to risk clogging my underarms.
 
As for shaving, I haven't had much growth since treatment either, so I haven't had to shave much. 
 
If your DH is sweet enough to take off of work to go with you for your first  rads appt, (mine never came to one) then please don't concern yourself with not shaving around him.  Hey, tell him to think of French women, if he gets wierd on ya! 
 
Whew!!!!  I feel much better now!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


MiaB
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   Posted 3/21/2005 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Ellen, I'm ROTFLMBO!!!!  French women, hey how about a more local type girl, since I"m so close to Amish country I could just tell him it rubbed off on me!!! 
 
I'm not too worried about it anymore.  He is so sweet and good to me that he won't care.  And they told me there today that I should not use anything but corn starch.  I had a natural deodorant and the onc. said NO.  So, I'll deal with it.  Not a bad price to pay for peace of mind eh?
 
It was so easy today!  DD and DH both got to come in the room with me and watch them set up then they said bye and went with the techs in the control room and watched on monitors.  My daughter now has calmness to her about this whole thing.  Now that she knows there aren't any Sci-Fi movie like effects going on in there she can relax.  I told her it's like the sun, you can't see what it does to you either but it is affecting you.  So now maybe she won't turn into the sun worshiper I was in my teens.
 
THANK YOU so much for the PCE!  I am glad you came even if you did just "hover" over on your way to other locales.  We could hear the laughter from inside the lead room, ladies please get a hold of yourselves!  He he, only teasing please continue in your silly ways, it's the BEST!
 
Love and hugs,
 
Mia
 
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


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MNlady13
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   Posted 3/21/2005 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad the rad appointment went so well. I remember rads being pretty easy, so you should not have any trouble. Just take it easy and take good care of your skin -- Aloe Vera, Aquaphor or hydrocortison cream. Whatever they suggest, use it starting right away. Hugs, Lauri
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debbiR
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   Posted 3/21/2005 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia: How great that your appt went well today. I am glad that your dd was able to go with you. Sometimes we forget that our family members, esp our kids, don't totally comprehend all that is happening to us regarding treatment. Heck, half the time we don't either. lol I am glad that she was able to erase some of her fears about this phase of your recovery.
 
My surgeon told me NOT to shave under the arm unless I used an electric razor and absolutely not during rads. I still have no hair that has grown back under that arm. Guess that I wouldn't do to well living in France, would I?
 
Hugs
Deb
 

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