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Unread 09-14-2002, 09:44 AM
a question, Adrienne

Hi Adrienne,
My post-surgical menopausal mind is clouding my memory; forgive me if you posted this before. It sounds as if you are in a similar position as me, where you went back to teaching and then you will have to take time off again for the brachytherapy. Is that right? I will go back a week from now, but any day the radiation department will call and say to come to the hospital for 3-4 days. It will not be that great for the kids, who have had a sub since the school year started. I will have to do a lot of catching up for them. Are you having that kind (low dose) or are you having the high dose, which will be a shorter stay? Sorry, I get these confusion jags. Anyway, let's be brave and hope that everything goes excellently.
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Unread 09-14-2002, 10:11 AM
Curious about brachytherapy--I don't want to do this!

Hi JennyW,

I'm going to have the shorter high dose radiation version and plan to take only half days off from school for the treatments. My gyn onc has recommended 3 internal treatments. There is so much to do in 2nd grade these days that I don't want to miss any more than I absolutely have to. I finished my 5 weeks of external radiation the day before I was to report for duty and have only missed one day, when I was just plain exhausted the second week of school. Our kids started school on August 14. When did school start for your students? Have you missed much? I have 19 sick days and will use them sparingly as I may need them another time.

Unread 09-14-2002, 11:46 AM
Curious about brachytherapy--I don't want to do this!

Hi Adrienne,
My school started Aug. 26. Your brachytherapy is a little different from mine, because I will not be an outpatient. Every time I think about it, I keep hearing in my head "Make sure to ask for lots of sedation!" so I will survive the 3-4 days in bed immobile and isolated. Since I can't lie still for more than 5-10 minutes, I am so afraid I'll dislodge the cannister and fry healthy parts. I am going to ask if, in addition to the sedation, they can lash me to the bed somehow.
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Unread 09-14-2002, 04:27 PM
Curious about brachytherapy--I don't want to do this!

Jenny, I wish you the best of luck with your brachytherapy. I'm sure you'll be able to do it and hope the time spent in bed will go quickly. You'll be back at school before you know it. I wonder why some people have the outpatient type and others have the flat-on-their-back in bed for 3 days type.

Unread 09-15-2002, 11:14 AM
Curious about brachytherapy--I don't want to do this!

Hi Ladies,
I just wanted to let you know that I had the internal radiation for endo cancer.stage 2B......mine was the stay in the hospital type. You may do a search under my name...and will get an idea of how it went. Realize however, it is differnet for everybody. They gave me order to get through it.............and pain killers. I was very anxious about wasn't as bad as I thought it would be..........and, it has now been well over a year, and everything seems to be fine. If you have any other questions please feel free to email me......

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