Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Normally, my bedtime routine includes reading for about half hour to an hour before going to sleep, but with the fatigue from radiation, most nights I can barely manage a half dozen pages, and for the last 4 nights, I haven't done any reading at all. Very frustrating, because my nightly reading is something I look forward to to relax and unwind before going to sleep. Last year, I read 41 books; this year, January is almost over and I've only managed to finish one, and that was on the 3rd of the month. But I know this fatigue is only temporary, and when I am finished with the radiation, it will start to get better.
The worst side effect though is the heartburn, especially at night. I normally take my prescription Prilosec in the morning; I've done that for the last few years daily because of my acid reflux, but at times, when I have had gastritis attacks, my internist has told me I can double on it, and take a dose in the evening too, so that is what I started doing last night. Hopefully it will help. I have also been burping a lot the last few days, another symptom of my acid reflux flaring up. I had to see the doctor after my radiation today; Tuesdays are my "doctor days" at the radiation center; and he said to keep doubling up on the Prilosec, and he is giving me Friday off from my treatments, so I'll have a long weekend to recover some. I still get the same number of treatments, the day I miss will just be added on to the end.
On the way back home, I thought about trying taking a liquid antacid before I leave for my treatments; maybe having it that coating in my stomach will help a little bit while I'm getting the radiation. Just not sure if it would still be coating my stomach by the time I got my treatment though; I leave my house a half hour before my treatments; I guess I will just have to try it and see.
I also went with my mom for her 6 month checkup with the oncologist. She had a normal mammogram, and is still cancer free, so that is a big relief. She had non Hodgkins lymphoma 7 years ago.
At least with the sitting and waiting I did today, I did get some reading done; I hope I'll be done with my current book before the month is over, but I'm not going to force myself to finish it by a certain date if I am too tired. And I think for the book I read next, I'll choose a shorter one, lol.