Well, another few days have gone by. And I am still here. Oh, and I still have hair! I have a few bald spots on my eyebrows, and my hair is definitely getting thinner, but so far no mass exodus.
I haven’t had a chance to try and take a bunch of radiation day pictures so I thought I would just share a before and after.
Say…I look the same! The actual radiation treatments are a breeze. The cumulative side effects on the other hand are starting to become a pain! (in multiple places)
Food has become a test of creativity. I only seem to be able to eat very easily digestable foods. Cream of Rice & Mashed Potatoes have become my new staple. Though, last night I tried some Pacific Foods Concentrated Cream of Mushroom soup. I made it with water instead of milk and that seemed to be okay. Plus I splurged and had five saltines! WOOO! Mushroom soup has played an oddly important role in my day to day conversations the last week or so.
Wow, it’s only been eight weeks since my hysterectomy. I can’t believe how quickly and slowly time has gone. I’m still really sore from the surgery but it’s supposed to be a very long recovery for the kind I had, and then I’m thinking adding the radiation to my healing parts probably doesn’t speed that up. I will be happy when all of the swelling is finally gone from my abdomen. I feel positively puffy.
Last week was a lesson in learning to adapt. I spent most of the week sleeping and or being stupid. Now I know. NUTRITION, NUTRITION, NUTRITION. Water & Protein are the two things my body needs in order to function. Everything else right now is bonus for energy. If I’m only going to be able to eat a cup full of food every two hours, at least every other one of those is liquid protein. I really can’t stress enough how much of a difference it made when I started eating better. It was amazing. I went from almost unable to drive, to almost back to my normal self. (but in smaller doses, still need lots more rest) I must remember this later.
Today I have been thinking about the changes that this little adventure has made in my personality, or thoughts. Right now the biggest change is in my vanity. I have gotten so use to walking out of the house wearing whatever I can manage to wrap around me that I think the less put together look may be a permanent change. It just seems like such a waste of time. And I haven’t done my hair in two weeks! No blow dryer, no curling. Lots of natural curls these day.
I want to start jotting notes about the people I’m meeting in Radiation. I have to think about this.