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Brachytherapy

I want to go into more details about brachytherapy.  The first one I had, I got to go under anesthesia and while that took a long time to get through, I didn't feel any pain.  The four I had after that, I had to take a anti anxiety pill a half hour before I got to my appointment, and once I was there when I got called back, they set me up with an IV and gave me some morphine for the pain. And it was a lot more painful that I had expected. Even having the lorazepam and the morphine, it was probably the most painful thing I've gone through so far in my life. I'm not sure what to compare the pain to, but it was like this sharp, stabbing pain when the doctor would insert the rods.

I'm not sure what the rods looked like, I didn't want to look. I have it in my head that if I see it, it will hurt more. I never look anytime I'm getting blood drawn or an Iv put in.  I'm not going to put a picture of the brachytherapy in this post as anytime I've googled it, its pretty much a picture that doesn't seem appropriate to post.




The last four brachytherapy still took a while. I would say we were at the doctors office from about 12:30pm to about 3:30-4:00. What took so long was each time after I would get the rods put in, the doctor would have to come up with a plan to perfectly administer the radiation. They would scan me in a ct machine and see what the tumor looked like then decide how to set up the radiation.


I had my very last treatment on June 14, 2019. After that I was told that I would not get my post treatment pet scan until September because there was a lot of inflammation in my body from the treatment and it would be better to wait so we didn't get any false images back.




So I tried to enjoy the summer as best as I could. I still had a lot of symptoms hang on for a while after treatment was done. The biggest was the fatigue. The part of the fatigue I didn't realize would happen was whole body fatigue.  I had trouble going up stairs and climbing small hills. It was like being extremely out of shape.  It literally took the breath out of me. It was one of the weirdest things I ever experienced. I still have a little trouble with that now, but not as extreme.



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