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This morning started early at 7:30 a.m. As I mentioned before, I have so much more energy since we switched up the meds. I also think that I have more pain as well, which prohibits me from sleeping too long without medication. I thought today would be an easy day of radiation and a short test of my gall bladder.

I was wrong. Today was horrible! The pain in my back and hips is getting progressively worse as the day goes on. This is the first time that I have felt the tumor pain in my left hip. As the doctor so bluntly pointed out to me this morning, I have a ton of mets to my femur and Illiac bone. I decided to finally try acupuncture to help with the pain. I believe I need to do a couple of sessions before I feel any difference.

Radiation seemed to take forever today. Probably because I was shifting around the whole time trying to get comfortable. The “bed” was jamming into my back, making it feel as though I was rubbing bone against bone. The techs brought me straight to the Hideaway scan for my next test after radiation. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this test or how it would be executed. When we arrived to the room it looked like the radiation tables. The nurse told me that I would be injected with radioactive material and they would be taking photos through the machine every 60 seconds so I would need to remain perfectly still.

Halt! I just got out of the radiation death bed and now you want me to spend a full hour laying down doing the same thing? I almost had a mental breakdown. I asked the tech to call the nurse to bring any kind of pain medication and sedative they could prescribe. There was no way my back was going to make it strapped down on the hard bed for an hour. Fortunately, they were able to administer me extra Dilaudid, which helped to relax me a little and help with the excrutiating pain that I was feeling from radiation.

The time flew by because I must have fallen asleep. Yeah! When the test was over and I woke feeling relieved that it was over, the tech told me I would be able to leave for an hour to eat lunch and they would be back to get me to do more photos in a shorter version of the scan.

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I also find it amazing that you have the stamina for writing when you are going through so much in your life. Your writing is inspiring.

July 19, 2009 - 9:45pm


Thank you so much for writing. You are bringing us all new understanding of exactly what a cancer patient goes through. For you to continue to manage your blog and write on EmpowHer while you are dealing with such pain is incredible to me. Thank you.

July 15, 2009 - 9:11am
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