Thoughts, Stories, and Bits of Wisdom
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.