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Unread 06-20-2002, 11:01 AM
radiation and my demented mind

The worst thing about any disease is it's effect on your mind. I can quit " what if-ing" about my ms for awhile and freak myself out about cancer.
Does anybody know if radiation treatments would melt an indwelling catheter?
I've imagined a million scenarios, each worse than the other.
If I left it in and it melted, could I get it out?
If I took it out, I would pee all over the treatment table. Who would put it back in?
Do I have to get home soaking wet? How embarassing.

As you ponder my dilemma you will probably come up with more scenarios for my demented mind.Feel free to share**LOL**(
I know you shouldn't sweat the small things but dignity is one of the few things I have left.
Any answers, solutions, tips.?

Thanks all......Carol
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Unread 06-20-2002, 02:15 PM
That's an EXCELLENT question!

The only thing I can think of is to ask the radiologist or technician when you go for radiation (or ahead of time if you can reach them) and if they think it could be harmed, they should then remove it and then reinsert it for you. You aren't the first person who's had an indwelling and radiation, so they're sure to know the answers. I understand about the dignity concept--everything else goes out the window, so it's nice to at least have that--but do remember if the catheter has to come out and be put back in that these are medical professionals and are very used to doing this and similar procedures. They'll also know that yes, you may wet the table, and that it is totally unavoidable. They can put pads under there to absorb and protect. You won't go home wet. The folks in radiation will take good care of you.
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Unread 06-20-2002, 06:23 PM
radiation and my demented mind

CAROL,
MY GOODNESS YOU HAVE A VIVID IMAGINATION ( JUST LIKE ME )
IN CASE YA DO PEE ALL OVER, SOMEONE IS THERE , I'M SURE, TO CLEAN YOU UP. THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR, BY THE WAY. THEY ALSO HAVE SEEN WORSE.
I AM SURE YOU WON'T PEE ALL OVER, SO DON'T WORRY TOO MUCH. ASK QUESTIONS WHEN YA GET THERE, AND YOU'LL FEEL MUCH BETTER.
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Unread 06-20-2002, 09:20 PM
radiation and my demented mind

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person here with a demented mind!

Sorry I can't answer about the indwelling catheter, but your doctors should be able to put your mind at ease about this. Don't forget to bring in your list of questions!

I have started making a list of my questions so I don't forget. My GYN/ONC was really happy to see me with my "list". Think he sees many surgical menopause patients???!!!

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