Sharpie happy team of Radiation Therapy Nurses.

I was always told not to write on myself or the ink will poison my blood and I would get really sick.  Uhm…no one seems to have told my team of Radiation Therapy Nurses.

I have a line drawn down my sternum.  Kind of looks like an off kilter butt crack.

Sharpie mark on my sternum

Sharpie mark on my sternum

I think the nurses are going to be playing a game of Tetrus on my upper belly instead of doing Radiation Therapy as I have been lead to believe.

Maybe a bit of Tetrus being played

Maybe a bit of Tetrus being played

Maybe some drunken pirates couldn’t remember exactly WHERE “X” marked the spot on my map.  I have an “X” in my left armpit and one to the front of my left underarm.  This is where, I’m told, my lymph nodes are that are being treated.  Likely story.

Which "X" actually marks the spot?

Which “X” actually marks the spot?

I have an “X” from last Friday when I went for my initial CT scan on the outside rear of my right side.  A new one was added to the outside rear of my left side.

Rear outside of my left side

Rear outside of my left side

Rear outside of my right side

Rear outside of my right side

No one has even signed their artwork!  Can you imagine that?!

I have been told that I will get a burn, similar to having been outside in the hot sun, before the week is out.  I have been given a lotion that I have to use each night before I go to bed.  The radiation is going to not only burn my skin, it will also dry it out.  Hot damn!  We are going to have some fun now.  I also have a cleansing foam that I have to use on the area being radiated.

Lotion and skin cleanser I have to use during radiation therapy

Lotion and skin cleanser I have to use during radiation therapy

After I got home from my trek to downtown Oklahoma City for my first treatment, I spent a few hours working on my IKEA drawer sets.  I’m liking how they are coming together.  I was not so very sure about the color choices Pantone has put together, but now I do have to say they are quite pleasing to my eye.  The colors I am using are in their “Grand Canyon” collection.

Close up view of the paper covered drawers

Close up view of the paper covered drawers

Unfinished drawers at the bottom still

Unfinished drawers at the bottom

I’m going to keep working away on this project.  I probably should be putting some things in the drawers as I get them finished.  There are some drawers with contents inside, I just can’t remember what is in them right now.  I may have to put some kind of fixture on the front with a label to remind me.

Well, off to my second radiation therapy session.  I wonder if there will be more drawings made with the Sharpie?

Leslie

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jesska
    Mar 29, 2017 @ 07:39:27

    The drawers are coming on well! 🙂

    I think multiple sharpie marks is a much better choice than getting the Xs tattooed on 😉

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  2. Pati
    Mar 29, 2017 @ 07:40:09

    Oh sis I love how you describe all this!! Lol my husbands middle sister had breast cancer and had chemo and radiation so I am aware of what your going through! She is many a year cancer survivor now! She did not have the mastectomy but went through a bunch of junk! Thank goodness she has a great husband like your joe! Proud of you joe! And of course I did not see all the details like your letting us see of your adventures. She was very private and I wished she would have been more open as it would have helped us understand better! We’re all pullin and praying for you through all this sis!! Love you bunches! Thx for keeping us posted on all that’s going on!! 😘😘😘😘😀❤🙏🏼🤗 lol that last little picture is supposed to be a hug I’m told!! Lol lol getting better all the time sis!!

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  3. Linda
    Mar 29, 2017 @ 08:54:42

    Hi, I couldn’t agree with Patti more. The way you have let all of us in has made some things more understandable. My sister in law has colon cancer and has been fighting it for the last 3years. So thank you Leslie for helping others this way.

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