My first radiation treatment

I woke up before 7:00 AM today, so hungry and feeling so weak. I brewed coffee and prepared 2 cheese sandwiches and yogurt. I thought I could eat all that but after eating 2 sandwiches I felt very full already so I returned back the yogurt to the fridge and went to take a shower.

At 8:30 the taxi arrived and brought us to Skaraborgs Hospital to further take the bus Ronden that will bring us to Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg. The trip would be more than 4 hours including the taxi trip. My treatment starts at 1:00 PM.
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When arriving at the Radiation ward, we were taken care of a nurse and she told us the side effects of radiation. I felt very afraid thinking about these side effects and I just burst into tears. The nurse comforted me and I calmed down. After about 15 minutes we were ready to start the radiation. I was placed in a radiation machine. The possitioning maybe took 25 minutes and the radiation itself only took 2 minutes. I didn’t feel anything except that fear of something goes wrong.
Nothing really happened dramatically…I was prepared for it, I know I won’t feel any effect on the first week. We went home by a taxi and finally home after 5:00 PM. I felt very tired and slept so early. Tomorrow will be another day.
This week I will be going to and fro everyday but next week we will be staying at the patient’s hotel from monday to friday until October 2.

Treatment: Radiation

External radiation therapy can be used to destroy cancer cells that may remain after surgery. Internal radiation (brachytherapy) involves placement of radioactive material inside the tumor itself to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy is often used together with chemotherapy to treat women with cervical cancer. Side effects of radiation therapy can include nausea, vomiting, tiredness, and low blood cell counts.

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com

Published by queenkeandra

I am a swedish citizen with asian origin, lives in Sweden, entrepreneur, accountant, fashion designer, dressmaker, professional interpreter and translator and from year 2014, I also became a local politician with some assignments from the local government. I moved to Sweden after marriage with a Swedish national in 1986. Two years later we got a son followed by a daughter after 21 months. Satisfied with life in fact, I guess I got all I wished for, it feels I have everything. Being married is not just a bed of roses, the roses have thorns also and you can get it at times but we’ve always been doing pretty good. Kinder and better husband I do not think I can get, everyone has their flaws and life becomes easier if you can accept them. I’m not a perfect person either. I became a grandmother quite young, only 45 years old, was a little skeptical at first but then I loved to be one. Now I am already a grandmother of two, a boy and a girl of 20 months between them, such a great feeling, it feels like it was a replay of my life. When I have both of them at home, it feels like I was young again and is the mother of small children. I can not explain but so damn good it is. When I moved to Sweden I knew nothing about the country, but now it feels like I’ve always lived here. I speak Swedish better than my native language, better in Swedish grammar than my husband, it may sound strange but it’s true. I dream even in Swedish. I hang out with many Swedes, have worked and still working in Swedish companies. I go to the Swedish church though I am a Roman Catholic. We believe in the same God anyway. I’ve adapted pretty well in Swedish society. I think I have to adjust to that country I moved to, not the country or its citizens to adapt to me. Sweden has no responsibility whatsoever that I wanted to move here so I could not demand anything else, but now a citizen, I think I have the right as any other native Swedes. I pay taxes and do my duties as a citizen. I think I am a good role model and a loyal citizen and can fight for my new country.

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