Warpaint

The markings that will guide my radiation treatment really were made with Sharpies!  I’ve always suspected Sharpie markers are good for everything.

The image to the left is a small bit of what is all over my chest and under arms.  The clear tape helps the marker stay on.  Glad it’s not summertime!  And that I wasn’t permanently tattooed, as some people are.

I was told to expect fatigue, tightening of the skin and muscles in the target area, and burning that can range from pinkness to open blisters.  No shaving on the left, or anything that might injure that side, as it will be prone to infection.  Only aluminium-free deoderant, like Tom’s or Crystal.  There’s also a chance of sore throat and cough since my supraclavicular lymph nodes (above the clavicle) are being treated.

Treatment will be every day for 5 weeks, with a possible boost the sixth week to the surgical site.

While I was at Emory Wednesday, Joey enjoyed school cafeteria turkey with Sara at her Thanksgiving Feast.  I was able to feast with Sam, and then I brought in a craft and game for his class “Turkey Day” on Thursday.  So grateful that I get to do that kind of stuff during my downtime!

I’ve also been fitting in as many physical therapy appointments as possible.  My range of motion is almost 100%!  Thank you, Turning Point!

The kids and I fly to Virginia Monday and Joey will join us on Thanksgiving.  Radiation starts November 26th.

Enjoy your loved ones this week.  Hug them tight!

Nicole
Sara's Thanksgiving FeastSam's Thanksgiving Feast

Comments

  1. I hope you all had a terrific time with thankfulness and turkey and all that good family time! We sure did. I also hope today’s first radiation appointment went smoothly. One down and…34 more or so to go. But who’s counting!? Hint: we ALL are!

    PS Sharpies are KING!

  2. You’re an amazing family. I hope you are having a good visit in Virginia. Good luck with the radiation. My Cole went through 36 treatments after his prostate surgery. We had to go to Chesapeake everyday. Now it can be done here. Yes, fatigue was a symptom.
    You take care, and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY , tomorrow. Love you all

  3. Glad to hear about the 2nd opinion and very recent article. Sharpies….I swear you need to market for them! You’ve sold me…I keep a box of umpteen colors around now too.

    I hope 5 weeks will fly by and that all goes as planned.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. -H

  4. ALL OF YOU…..JUST LOOK SO DARN PRECIOUS !!!! YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE FOR THE FIRST THANKSGIVING!! YOU WOULD HAVE FIT RIGHT IN. SARA, WHEN DID MOMMY LET YOU DYE YOUR HAIR? AND SAM, MAN, YOU NEED TO SHAVE!!!

    BOTH KIDS ARE CRACKING UP AND LOOK VERY HAPPY !! GLAD TO HAVE MOM BACK, HUH? I AM SO THANKFUL FOR YOU FOUR. GOBBLE GOBBLE – SEE YOU IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. MOM