Radiation Energy

Surprisingly, being zapped with 10 million volts of photon radiation each morning does not increase a person’s energy level AT ALL.

Radiation makes you tired. It makes me tired. So tired that last Friday after treatment I just sat outside the radiation center, catching my breath and gathering my energy so that I could drive home.

For nearly an hour.

It scared me. It scared people who care about me too, and now I’m not driving myself to radiation anymore, and I’ve moved the remaining treatments to the afternoon.

Luckily, there are only FOUR more treatments to go. THREE more by the time you read this, actually, as I’m typing on my iphone in the waiting room. Moving to the afternoon has given me my mornings back, a gift, although I’m more and more tired each day, as the effects of treatment are cumulative.

SO cumulative, in fact, that the nurses say that the radiation actually continues working for TWO WEEKS after the treatments end!

So I’ll be tired. I’ll be home. I’d love to see you if you find yourself nearby (and we’ve met before!). But you’ll need to call first in case I’m napping — on Monday, I slept for 14 hours straight!



17 Responses to Radiation Energy

  1. Susan says:

    Wishing you many good naps as you get through this part of the treatment.

  2. *m* says:

    Counting down along with you!

    • whymommy says:

      Oh, man, do you remember the chemo cakes I used to post here? At least I don’t have infusions this time around. This countdown is much less painful!

  3. Kate @ upsidebackwards says:

    Nearly there, nearly there… may those who do come to visit bring strength, joy, and dinner 🙂 I’m glad you have so many people close by who love you and look after you.

  4. It’s almost done. It’s almost done. It’s almost done. 🙂

    • whymommy says:

      You bet! Today, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Then I stop the insanity of getting slapped with radiation and going back for more. (Won’t I ever learn?)

  5. Kristen says:

    Oh, hon. Can’t wait for Blogher and some renewed energy.

  6. NYFriend says:

    Almost there – yea! I hope you can get lots of restful, snuggly naps in this weekend. (I can’t believe you were driving yourself to treatments up until yesterday – I was quite shocked! I’m so glad you now are being accompanied, I would imagine the company itself is welcomed. 🙂 )

    Hope the weather cooperates for nice hammock days.

    Happy 4th of July!

  7. caramamma says:

    Sleep and rest well!!! You are so close! Thinking of you in the coming week. xo

  8. Lisa says:

    Bless you Susan. We will check in when we get home, hopefully not during a nap. Hugs, MLML

  9. claire says:

    one day at a time … and only a couple of those left.
    c (wondering what unit mental strength would be counted in …)

  10. Meg says:

    Why Mommy:

    Sending you strength and strength and strength for the journey. Be patient — let the time of treatment and healing pass without pressuring yourself to “get back in it” and do not push yourself. The healing will come — in body, in mind and in spirit.

    Much peace to you and your family,

    Meg — mom of 4 year old twins and 2 year breast cancer survivor

  11. Jenna says:

    As time goes on, do not be surprised if you are more tired, …… Radiation therapy causes skin cells to break down and die.

  12. Jim Al-Hid says:

    That which does not kill me will make me stronger!

    You’ll get through it, and be the better for it when it is all over. Hang in there!

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