Thanks for the support, folks. I am taking Paxil -- helps with hot flashes and anxiety. I can only imagine what the last 5 weeks would have been like without it.
I am really marked. They start just below the center of my collarbone - no open front shirts, dresses, and nothing cut below the collar bone. I also have three lines from above where breast was down to almost waist. Also on shoulder joint. I am going to ask my rad onco just how large an area they are treating. I do know some of the marks are for around the sternum since I was marked for a lead pattern. I will also have a "boost" pattern that they will get later.
I finally decided to go and buy some "inexpensive" tee shirts to wear with pants. Bought dark ones so marks won't show and so I can wear a sports bra with "lite stuffing" when the "burn" comes.
By the way, did anyone have a "bolus" with their rads. It is a gel like pad on the breast area that directs radiation more to the skin. I will have this every other treatment for the first 2 weeks. Could this be the cause of the "burn" I feel.
I had forgotten that you, Skeeter and Babeseester, are in line with my chemo and rad treatments. I am using a skin cream that the dr recommended. It is Glucan Pro Cream -- not prescription but used in hospitals for burn patients. It is very expensive, so I hope it will be worth it. Babeseester, I believe you said your hair is back. Skeeter, how about you? It has been 4 weeks since my last chemo and there is no sign of eyelashes, eyebrows nor is there any more that the white fuzz on my head. I am getting worried about this.
They are making me a lead template that I believe is for my electron boost. I will have 5 at the end, but 28 and 5 make 33 and I have 36 appointments.
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Skeeter: I had very, very curly hair before chemo. In fact, in 51 yrs I had never had a permanent. I had always wished for straight hair. Be careful what you wish for! lol My hair came back in straight as a board. I had no idea how to deal w/ it. It is now beginning to get some curl back but I also have a beautician that is a magician w/ haircuts.
Be patient. It will come back in and you will complain about having to do your hair before you know it.