Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fair Warning - Hot Magenta Alert

I'm going to post the promised picture of my burns but first, I'm gonna give you a Clyde and O'Malley pic to fill up the screen so you won't see the burn picture if you don't want to. It is entirely your choice whether you want to see this so I'm giving you fair warning and the choice not to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post.

The picture doesn't do it justice - think hot magenta.

He was barely tolerating me trying to take his pic when he wanted to be fed. He looks annoyed, doesn't he?

And Clyde, high maintenance cat of the year who also deserves an award for most patient cat of the year. I think he actually likes to be in Jackie's baby stroller. When we unclip him, he doesn't move out :)

Alright. Don't scroll down lower if you don't want to see the burns.

By the way, I am now allowed to combine my patches with oxycodone to control the pain. Dr. A seems to think this intense pain will lessen and that I'm seeing the worst of it right now. Everyone expects it to ease by the end of the weekend. Me? I'm being a pessimist about the whole thing.

Murphy's Law, right? Sorry for the small type but my blog width is limited. Use the zoom on your browser if you want to see the text.

Grossed out yet?


Renee said...

I was signing off but had to stop and see your blog, given the heading.

I am soooooooo sorry, sweetie, that you are going through this! Yikers and damnation!

Ask the Radiation Onc if you can stop for a few days. I've read that other ladies have had to do this because of the severity of their burns. Here's an excerpt from this article:

When treatment must be interrupted, the skin usually heals enough to allow radiation to be resumed in five to seven days. Skin reactions usually heal completely within a few weeks of completing radiotherapy.

Many ladies on "No Surrender Breast Cancer Help" speak of having great success with Biafene RE cream. It was developed by the US Army. Others mention using Silvadene. Are you using any of these?

Your entry about your little one was so sad. (I read it real quick on a break today at work) I hope she made it through the day!

Big hugs to you!!


Sheri said...

Oh wow. I am so sorry. That looks horrible. I have no idea how you keep going. My heart goes out to you.


With Much Respect,

S. F. Heron said...

I use silvadene 3-4 times a day as well as cold compresses 4 plus times a day. I've been doing the compresses since December to help control future swelling.

I'm finished with the node therapy so the focus is just on my tumor site now. No more laser beams on the sore spots, not that it makes a difference right now.

Sheri, thanks for the props. This doesn't happen to everyone. Just remember to follow the radiation oncologist's instructions to the letter.

Hugs to you both,

Anonymous said...

Oh, honey. As if you haven't already had enough. Hugs, Kathy