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lemonz
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   Posted 5/23/2005 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I was reading the response to a question about rads, when I noticed the difference in rad dots. I know I had extra fields but I had no idea I had that many more. I have 17 dots and curious to see if anyone else has that kind of number? I was also not given a choice about tape...but my question is how would the tape stay on all through rads? I had rads for almost two months and I can not imagine the tape that would stay on that long. Please do not tell me you had to get measured and taped everyday. I had no idea there was this type of difference. I guess we all just said we got marked and no one mentioned the amount before, or I missed it. I am sure I hear chuckles and I know what your thinking Joyce missed something ...no surprise there... Love and Hugs to all.


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Tavish
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   Posted 5/23/2005 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Joyce, I was expecting a lot of dots, since Susan Love's book showed a picture of the whole breast area looking look a child's dot-to-dot book. SHe indicated that the dots were used to mark the field for rads. In my case, the dots were used to line me up with the lasers on the wall. Once the lasers were lined up with the dots, I guess the computers took over and had the exact measurements. I recall others who never got anything other than a pen. I wondered why we couldn't get some sort of temporary tattoo, like henna or something.

L&H,
Lori


MiaB
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   Posted 5/23/2005 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I have 5 dots, had 6 but one of them ran away.  I think I scratched that one off before the scab healed.  That happened in the first week and they kept saying they were going to re-do it but neer did.  Mine were used like Lori's to line me up with the lasers pointing from the walls.  As for tape I only left there with tape once and that was after the "dry run" in the simulator and only until the first treatment a few days later.  I don't know what kind of tape they used but it held on me tight and fortunately I didn't have any reaction to the adhesive.  I don't even notice my dots, thought they would drive me crazy but they don't.  I will likely think of them as something like girl scout badges.  Breast cancer radiation badge here, here, here, here and here.  No sash needed!

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jaaustin
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   Posted 5/23/2005 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   

I was one who only had pen. They touched it up everyday. They didn't even ask me about doing tatoos. Obviously, I'm glad they went that route.

Julie


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undefeated
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   Posted 5/24/2005 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting discussion. I had one dot only. I think it was because before I began treatments had to go over to Duke be positioned using all kinds of lasers (looked like a laser light show) and when I was positioned exactly where they wanted me -- by the way, I was laying on some big plastic thing -- they poured some quick hardening foam stuff around me in that exact position. Each time I went for rads I was placed in this mold on the table which apparently put me in the exact position they wanted me. It even included my arm in an upward out-streached position. Strange to see that 6 foot cast every time I went. There was always some small adjustment I'd make, but the whole treatment never took over five minutes, so suited me. When I had finished treatment, the sweet but silly techs asked if I'd like to take the d*mn thing home with me. Imagine my response! LOL Glenda

Tavish
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   Posted 5/24/2005 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Glenda, I had that mold thing too, I forgot about it! Mine was just my arm and shoulder I think. Unfortunately I must have been crooked when we set the tattoos with the laser show, because they always tried to shift my right hip into an unnatural hold. I ended up taking a hospital gown in with me to stick under my butt and it worked great. That way I did not have to hold my hip up. ANd yes, the whole thing took about 5 minutes which was great. My techs were great, I enjoyed them too.

L&H,
Lori


babyseeester
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   Posted 5/24/2005 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got my dots today and have pen all over me.  I only got 3 dots tatood.  My question is, do I have to leave the permanent marker on all over?  It's on my neck and visible.  I don't think that would go over well at work.  I don't mind the marks that can be covered up.  They didn't say anything about it and I didn't think about asking.  Any thoughts?
 
L & H,
Kathy


Tavish
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   Posted 5/24/2005 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Probably have to leave them where they are, which I think is part of why they use permanent tattoos on us too. For sure, ask them tomorrow. I would hope your boss understands that you have markings for a reason, and not just because of some fun you decided to have by drawing on yourself.....or maybe ask the techs if they can use a lighter pen on you.

Anyway, hang in there, it will be over before you know it!
Lori


ardee
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   Posted 5/26/2005 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I'm so observant that I had to go into the bathroom to count the dots! I've been walking around with three dots all this time. LOL I knew I had them, but wasn't sure how many there are. Well, now I know. I'm just brain-dead this week. It's all the heat!!! Gotta go make potato salad for my daughter's pot-luck at work tomorrow.

L&H,
Rita


Cathi
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   Posted 5/26/2005 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Joyce...I have 7 dots (tattoos) and they did a mold that
they used every day...I was only in there 5 minutes...

I think about radiation almost daily because of those tattoos. When
Peggy was talking me into getting a tattoo on our last visit before she died she said to me that I had those stupid radiation tattoos, why wouldnt I want a pretty pink ribbon ? Of course she talked me into it and now everyday I think of Peggy when I see my pretty little pink ribbon Tattoo....

Love and hugs

Cathi


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Grandma Cathy
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   Posted 5/26/2005 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Joyce,

I never had tattos - but they had that dayglow ink everywhere! Up the neck, down the arm - right when I thought it was safe to come out and play!

I do have a funny story. I had the simulation on July 2nd and had to go back on July 4th - but I had planned to have lunch with my DD and grandkids first. I left the simulation without looking in the mirror and came home, went to the bathroom , picked up the kid and grandkids. The first thing that they noticed was that I was marked up everywhere and crying and so upset about it!

The next weekend, the Grandbaby brought the other grandma to check on me. But first she told her that Grandma was sick and if you stared at her too long it would upset me so don't do that! (My baby was only 5 years old!)

Gotta love that girl! She is now 9 years old and wants to try on all of my wigs!

L & H
Cathy

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