July 21st, 2009


catching up to radioactive

- Everything J and I own is now in one place.  The major furniture is where we think it's going to be, both of our desks are set up, and the kitchen is workable (though we keep noticing things we'd like to have).  There are still a lot of boxes, mostly of books, to be unpacked.  We bought new bookshelves on Sunday, but getting them in place to then unpack the books is going to take some shifting around  - we cleverly had put the boxes where we knew the bookshelves would go so they'd be out of the way - and probably won't happen for while.  But we're moved.  Which is a very happy thing.

- It took a week to hear from the radiologist, due to some mis-communication and vacation time by staff at the hospital.  I was incredibly anxious by the end of last week; I was suddenly nervous that we wouldn't be able to do the treatment in time for me to be able to go back to rehearsals and I'd have to postpone and do the low-iodine / off meds thing all over again.  I got a call on Friday, and they are incredibly laid back, as is the hospital in general.  I still feel a little like I'm making up my treatment as I go along.  Some of things my endo said surprised  the radiologist so I'm splitting the difference.  I've read enough to know that I'm falling within usual norms, but it's weird to not be told 'this is it, do it".  Mostly, it makes me miss my surgeon.  I also realize that since this is an outpatient procedure it's not such a big deal, but I do better with clearly drawn instructions.

-  In any case my appointment is at 10am tomorrow (Wed).   I will be in what I am calling 'isolation mode' until Saturday morning.  That means at least 10' from people as much as I can (including sleeping on the living room futon so I'm not above the bedroom of the downstairs neighbors), making sure any kitchen items I use I wash before anyone else touches them, that kind of thing.  I will also be drinking a lot of water, sucking on a lot of cough drops, and taking twice daily showers.  The goal is to make sure that the radiation doesn't sit anywhere in your body for too long on its way out, including the bladder and salivary glands. 

- As of Saturday morning I go back on the hormones (so much YAY you can't even imagine) and off the low iodine diet.  I should still stay at arms length from people, be uber-careful in the kitchen and bathroom, and will still be on the futon.  That lasts until the following Wed when I go back in for a scan to see where the radioactive stuff got taken up in my neck.  After that, things should return to normal.

- The low iodine diet has kicked my ass a little.  It's not that bad, it just requires that you cook all the time, especially if you want to get protein.  I'm not much of a cook at the best of times, and just after moving no one wants to cook every meal so this was certainly not timed ideally.  It has given me a new respect for the difficulties anyone with food allergies goes through.  Also for Cordelia.

- I am amused that I will be radioactive the same weekend as comic-con.  That seems somehow appropriate.  I'm still hoping for superpowers somehow, but it was pointed out to me that if I try for them I could wind up more Jeff Goldblum than Tobey Maguire, which would not be okay.

- Now I have to go to a BBQ for J's previous roommates who are on their way to Denver as of Thursday.  Luckily it's byo everything so at least I know I can eat.