One Old Sage

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The Deed is Done!

For my friends on Facebook, you can go back to your regularly scheduled programming as this post is a rehash of my Facebook post.

Well my friends, the deed is done! I had my Brachytherapy on Wednesday, November 27 and all went well. So, following one spinal, one nap, one probe and 22 needles, I am now the proud owner of 86 radioactive iodine-125 seeds that were implanted during the procedure and I have an ultrasound picture to prove it.

Just before the anesthesiologist put me out, I was joking with the radiation technologist that I should at least get a picture out of the deal. She came into the recovery room and gave me one! How great is that?

There are a couple of good things that came out of this process. First, no damn broccoli for the next 6 months. I need to avoid all foods and juices high in vitamin C, E, zinc, and selenium. Second, I have met some wonderful medical personnel. Not a dud in the bunch.

I have to avoid being closer than 6 feet to children under 10  and pregnant women for any prolonged periods for the next 2 months. Quick hugs are OK but that’s it.

I’m feeling great, albeit still a little sore, and dealing with some minor after effects which were anticipated and right on time. I have a CT scan and MRI scheduled for the end of December where they will check my progress and count every seed to be sure none of them have decided to migrate to another part of my body. Apparently there are no issues if they do. They just like to know where they are. Me too!

I also have a bright yellow card I need to carry with me for the next two years in case I set off radiation detectors at airports or border crossings. They said not to show the card unless I set off the detectors otherwise it can confuse the security personnel. The last thing I want is a cavity search!

For those of you that have been checking in, I offer my heart felt thanks. It means a lot.


24 comments on “The Deed is Done!

  1. Eli Pacheco
    December 14, 2013

    You should use the card down at the pub. It ought to be sufficient to score you at least one round.

    Glad to see you back, friend. I can see your guts glowing from here, and took it as a good sign!

    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      December 14, 2013

      I’d either get a free drink or clear the pub! Yeah, having a personal night light is pretty good especially for my myriad night time trips to the john. :)

  2. gdolinsky
    December 12, 2013

    Nelson, I just read about your ordeal, and send lots of support your way. Thinking of you. ~ Gina

    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      December 12, 2013

      Thanks Gina. It’s great to hear from you. I hope your ordeal with the fuel leak is finally over.

  3. Gina
    December 12, 2013

    Nelson, I just saw your posts. What an ordeal! I send lots of support your way.

  4. Lynette d'Arty-Cross
    December 8, 2013

    Glad to know that things are going well with your inwards and good to hear from you. Looking forward to your next post. :)

    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      December 8, 2013

      Thanks. I’m trying to get the brain in gear again. It seems to be a bit of a challenge. I honestly didn’t think the diagnosis would have such a profound effect on my thought process.

      • Lynette d'Arty-Cross
        December 9, 2013

        I understand, and about the thought process, too. It’s quite startling the effect these sorts of things can have.

        • Nelson - One Old Sage
          December 9, 2013

          I find it quite interesting as I have not had any really strong emotions about being diagnosed. I haven’t cried, had a pity party or been angry about it. I went into the treatment very calm and came out the same way. I have been frustrated with the way it has affected my thought process but that to shall pass. :-)

  5. ramblingsfromamum
    December 6, 2013

    Goodness you have been through the wringer! When I read spinal tap – I got the shivers :-( Thankfully the procedure went according to plan and you are feeling better – good to see you back to the fold my friend:-)

    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      December 8, 2013

      It’s been interesting. I actually didn’t have a spinal tap just a spinal anesthetic to block the pain. I was also given an excellent sleeping potion so it made it quite easy, all things considered. I couldn’t go home until I could walk as the spinal paralyses your lower body for about 4-6 hours.

      • ramblingsfromamum
        December 8, 2013

        Takes me back when I had my epidural with my first baby…wonderful little invention :-) Glad to know that you are doing ok though :-)

  6. Diane Henders
    December 6, 2013

    I’m glad to hear it went well, glowing innards notwithstanding! Wishing you all the best while you light up your little corner of the world. ;-)

  7. Cancer in My Thirties
    December 6, 2013

    Hi Nelson,
    Glad to hear that the implantation process is over. Thinking of you as you recover… And also hoping you are able to avoid a cavity search! :-)
    My warmest wishes, Leisha

    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      December 6, 2013

      Thank you very much. I think of you often and hope you are doing as well as possible.

  8. Blake Wickland
    December 6, 2013

    On the road to recovery! Great to hear the procedure went well and that you are back blogging again, need something good to read these days!

  9. lifeisfullofsunnydays
    December 6, 2013

    Glad to hear you are feeling great.

  10. Kelly Armstrong
    December 6, 2013

    You knew that I closed the truck crossing after a heart procedure ,,Geiger counter the whole bit. That was the day I got Dudley in Seattle. Do it. Great great panic. Very interesting. Thank god for the card. I kept it for 6 months. Two years. Wow. They did really set your gland on fire. -:)

    Sent from my iPad


    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      December 6, 2013

      I thought of that when they told me about the card. In fact the radiation oncology nurse and I talked about your adventure.

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