Well, folks, it's official. I am radioactive. Today I had my radiation treatment for my thyroid cancer.
The preparation for the radiation has been hard. I had to go on a special low iodine diet for the past two weeks. Low iodine means no dairy, no egg yokes, no iodized salt, among other things. That eliminates most packaged food and any food at restaurants. Basically, I've been living on meat, fruit, and veggies. Oh, and don't forget the oatmeal. Ugh. I have tried to look at the diet as a cleanse, but it still has been very hard. But hey, I did lose about 8 pounds.
The treatment itself was very simple. I basically drank a small vile of liquid that tasted like stale water. That was it. Now I have to be isolated from the public for 5 days. I think that is going to be the hard part. But when one has to be holed up in their flat for 5 days, you need a game plan. I will be keeping myself busy with:
- Knitting and sewing projects
- My new Apple TV that streams Netflix
- My Kindle filled with books to be read
- Lonely walks/rides around the neighborhood
- My taxes
I've had a realization during this whole Thyroid cancer/radiation thing. That I am the perfect candidate. I am single, live alone, have no kids, have no plans to get pregnant, not breast-feeding--all things that make my radiation treatment go smoothly. Plus, I am young and female, so my chances of beating this thing are very good. So I know this sounds weird but I feel lucky that my circumstances were just right so I can get treated with little disruption to my life.
When I was little, I loved the comic series, X-Men. I particularly loved the mutant, Rogue. She couldn't touch anyone with her skin because she would absorb their powers or life-force. Today I sort of feel like that. Like I have this superpower but I need to stay about 6 feet away from people for their own protection and, you know, the greater good. It's a lonely life for Rogue and me (for the next 5 days anyway). But that is the burden of being a superhero mutant.