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On A "Lighter" Note On A "Lighter" Note

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Unread 11-20-2003, 05:04 PM
On A "Lighter" Note

I thought I'd share this with you all.

Tuesday, after I had my simulation, labwork, etc....we met with the research nurses finishing up paperwork and things.

At one point I asked about when I would have an appointment about my hysterectomy. You know, how I was healing up, when I could drive, when I could take a tub bath, when I could have s*x........they looked at me so funny and said, oh yeah! That's right!! You need followup care on that! (I was 3 weeks post op on that day)

We have become so immersed in the radiation/chemo thing that the original surgery had kinda gotten put on the bottom shelf!!*grin*

So, my rad/onc will be providing my followup care concerning the hyst. And NO tub baths until I'm done with radiation. Geez, I haven't had a tub bath since September!!! But oh well, small sacrifice.

Anyway, thought you might get a chuckle out of it

nancy j
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Unread 11-20-2003, 06:11 PM
On A "Lighter" Note

Did they say what radiation had to do with bathing. I was allowed to take a bath as soon as my insicion had healed. In fact I was told the tub was good for any irritation in "that" area from the treatments.
Unread 11-20-2003, 06:33 PM
I'll Ask

I kind of wondered that too.
But I am going to ask my rad/onc Monday when I go for my treatment.

I was told that (about no tub baths) by a nurse.

I had read in a book, which I would in no way take advice over my doctor though, that if you experience diarrhea alot, sitting in lukewarm water would help you feel more comfortable.

I'll find out for sure from Dr. A Monday

It may just be a reason connected with my starting radiation so soon after surgery? I'll just be four weeks post op at first treatment?

nancy j
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Unread 11-20-2003, 08:19 PM
On A "Lighter" Note

They might permit a sitz bath, even if they say no tub bath. You might like to ask about that. I'm sure part of the concerns about the tub are worries about cross-contamination (bodies have lots of different bacteria--you don't want fragile skin getting an infection), also, lots of women add things to the water in their tubs which can also be irritating to newly-healing skin.
Unread 11-22-2003, 05:12 PM
Skin during radiation

I had radiation for very early breast cancer. Of course the breast is not immersed in water during a bath. I was told to use a mild soap -- Ivory or Basis. Also to apply 100% aloe vera gel to the area three or four times per day during the radiation treatments. I started doing that the day before. I had little skin irritation from the radiation. I tolerated it all very well. I did so well that the doctor said I didn't need a post-radiation check-up.

Mary D.

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