• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 271 (Radiation Treatment 25 of 30: Radiation Burns)


    I shaved for this picture. You’re welcome.


    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  3.25 miles;  Running Total: 234.91 miles)

    Day 271 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    Today was the second day of Week 5 in the Couch to 5k app.  The app said run 8 minutes, walk 5 minutes, repeat.

    I got this, I thought. Piece of cake.

    I managed to do it twice before I had to quit. Of course by then I was a mile and a half from home and had to walk back.

    I think several factors tanked my run.

    One, I didn’t eat a good enough breakfast (just a couple of dry waffles) and the food just didn’t stick with me.  Two, today I really felt the humidity. Houston is always humid, but it gets worse from spring going into summer. Today was just the first day I really noticed it. I’ll acclimate, but it’ll take time.


    What can I say? Some runs go better than others.

    Today’s radiation appointment was the last time they’re treating my entire breast, which includes the area under my arm you see in the picture above.

    The skin on my right breast and above my right breast is red, too.  You can see a little bit of that in the picture.

    The area above my breast up towards my collar bone just itches. And I can’t feel the burns on my breast at all due to surgery numbness.

    Just looking at them I don’t think those burns would hurt as bad as the area under my arm.  The skin over my breast is only a little pink with a smattering of red dots where hair follicles have been irritated by the radiation.

    For the first time I’m grateful for the numbness from surgery. One burn is enough to deal with.

    The true misery is the area under my arm. That’s the worst of my burns. I have to keep those Cool Magic patches on it all day or I can’t put my arm down. Even skin touching skin hurts.

    Today’s silver lining: Today was the last day of treatment on that area.

    Tomorrow they narrow the focus of the radiation to just the areas where the tumors were.

    I can tell my mood is improving since my doctor adjusted the antidepressant dosage. I’m glad I called about it when I did, because people sure weren’t lying when they told me radiation is hardest in the last two weeks.

    I’m at the tail end of treatment. Only five more. And I am ready for this shit to be over with.

    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. […] sure which. She’s sporting a pretty serious burn on her face that looks like the one under my arm. The burn goes across the bridge of her nose and in between her eyes. She pulled me down into a […]

  2. Chrystal T. says:

    Ouch!!! That suuuuuucks! 🙁

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