Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Radiation has StARteD!

Well I haven't updated lately because we have been on vacation. We left last Wednesday and camped and hiked at Mt. Rainer and then headed over to Mt. St. Helen's on Thursday to Friday. After we were done at Mt. St. Helen's we head to a Family Reunion. We had a great time. Even Ryan had a good time. It was my family reunion so I was happy that he had a good time. And what kid doesn't have fun with cousin even ones he has never met. We were then lucky enough to have one of my cousin stop and stay the night with us on there way home.

Monday I started Radiation. That has been a whole new experience. The first day I was a little late and very worried about it and then I found out the office was running over an hour late. Monday's are the days you have to see the doctor before you receive radiation. On Monday there was only one doctor in the office so they were a little behind. It was kinda of fun to wait and see the doctor. There were about 5 old men sitting in the waiting room chatting and they were so funny. The visit with the doctor was very short.

I am not sure why I had to meet with the doctor since I hadn't had radiation at that point. Then when I finally got to go in and do the radiation wow. They turned on the beams, lasers what ever they call them to give me the radiation and boy could I smell something. I couldn't put my finger on it. So the next day I asked the tech. He said oh, ya there are a few of you who have sensitive noses that can smell a sulfur smell. I was glad to put my finger on the small I was thinking burning flesh. Sulfur much better thought than burning flesh. The whole treatment from the time I walked into the radiation room until I walked out took minute and a half. So fast! Not what I was expecting at all. The techs are very nice and friendly which is so nice.

About 10 minutes after the treatment I had a slight headache. Then after a few hours of errands with the family I had to have them drop me off at home to get some rest. I was able to get in a four hour nap. I seems to just hit me. Then after the nap I felt great.

Tuesday I had another radiation treatment. There was no one in the waiting room but the tech waiting for me. I was about 5 minutes late. I forgot I had to go have blood work done at the hospital at 9 and my radiation was at 9:20. I thought I was doing so good and was going to be to radiation early. I hate being late. Anyway I was late again. So I walked right in and right back and it took a minute and a half. I know I already said that it is just so amazing.

Anyway I didn't seem to get a headache or need a nap on Tuesday. I am not sure if it was because I was so busy and Ryan wasn't home so I wasn't relax and felt I could take a nap. But I didn't seem to be tired so that was good. Most of the day my stomach was a little off. Not enough to make me sick but just off. I woke up this morning about 1:30 and throw up. I am not sure if it was the radiation, I have a bug (my mom throw up on Sunday on our trip I could have caught something on vacation), or just something I ate? I guess we will see how today goes.

Today I have radiation and an appointment with Dr. Rado's office, I think it is Mitra today. I guess that would make sense, since I have so many questions. I always seem to see here when I have a lot of question and see Dr. Rado when I have no questions. Then tomorrow I have radiation and Chemo well not chemo but Herceptin. IV drug I get at the hospital every other week.


Heather said...

Hope you are feeling better...

Brandee Hogg said...

So glad to hear that your appointments are fast and doesn't take up so much time. Glad to hear that is going well and the techs are nice. Hope your stomach gets feeling better soon. Hang in there, your amazing.


Jodi said...

I was happy to see you at the movies today (even though I didn't get a chance to talk to you). Davis always gets so excited to see Cole too - I told him he could go say "hi" to him, but he gets embarassed. Anyway, we'll have to have Cole come hang out.

Warren Caudle said...

Rochelle, you are such an inspiration. You are such a beautiful young lady, always have been since you were born, and you radiate a room. You have such a good heart and we hope and pray you will always strive to overcome adversity. I have very fond memories of you and your family. My love to you all. Uncle Ren.