• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 257 (Radiation Treatment 15 of 30: Half Way There)


    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  2.65 miles;  Running Total: 215.64 miles)

    Day 257 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I completed Week 3, Day 2 of the Couch to 5k app.  I was well rested today and the allotted 28 minutes (that’s with 5 minute warm up and cool down on either end) just wasn’t enough. So I did the workout twice.

    Three minutes of running was a lot harder on Monday than it was today.  This is how running works. Last week three minutes of running sounded hard.  Now it’s easy.  Next week five minutes of running sounds hard, but by the time I finish next week, that’ll be easy, too.  I’ve been running for over six years now and this is how it’s been with every race and every distance I’ve ever trained for.  You don’t know you can do it until you do.

    And, oh my God, is that a good feeling.

    I went to my weekly radiation oncologist appointment after radiation treatment. My radiation oncologist said my skin looks good. Other than the marker all over me (the marker helps guide the technicians during treatment) I haven’t noticed any redness yet.  My skin does get itchy sometimes, but as long as I’m liberal with the Aquaphor after treatment the itchiness stays under control.

    Aquaphor, by the way, is disgusting.

    I have grease spots all over my sheets and clothes and it makes the colored marker lines leak onto everything.  I’m going to have to buy all new bras and t-shirts when treatment is over because they’re all ruined. But it definitely keeps my skin hydrated.

    I also noticed some swelling in my fingers on my right hand. At first I thought it was in my head so I asked Justin. My heart sank with disappointment when he said he saw it, too.

    I mentioned the swelling to my doctor today. She said exactly what I didn’t want to hear: that it could be the beginning of lymphedema.

    Lymphadema is uncontrolled swelling.  I knew it could happen because all the lymphnodes were removed from under my right arm and the job of your lymphnodes is to distribute fluid in your body. Without lymphnodes in my right arm there’s a fairly high chance I could end up with lymphedema (she said the odds are about 30-50% that I’d get it).

    My doctor wrote me a prescription for physical therapy and they’ll do their own evaluation.  They’ll likely have to fit me with a compression sleeve that will do the job of distributing the fluid that my lymphnodes used to do.

    Today’s silver lining: Today marks the half way point with radiation treatments.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


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  1. Annette says:

    Hooray for being half way through radiation treatment!!! Xoxox

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