WARNING: VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED
Even though radiation ended on Monday, I was told that my symptoms would continue to get worse for up to ten days following my last session. The area does look pretty nasty: sunburn, more sunburn, splitting skin in three separate spots, blistering in between my two “breasts,” dry patches, swelling, and bruising. In two more days, I have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Walsh (reconstructive surgeon); hopefully, she is more optimistic about how this looks than i currently am. (See below for a photo, but remember that i warned you!)
On Monday night, i got violently ill. I’ll spare you the details, but it involved 2+ days of high temperatures (100.5-102.9), bathroom issues, an inability to hold down and food or water,and infantile crying for extended periods of time. I assumed it was punishment for eating a veggie Whopper and fries from Burger King for dinner on Monday. (Okay, okay! I had a vanilla shake, too.) My roommates assumed it was a reaction to my final dose of radiation. We found out we were ALL wrong when Jenna came down with the exact same stomach bug 48 hours after i did. Clearly, i stopped taking my immunity vitamins a bit too prematurely; my body is NOT yet ready to handle all the germs and bacteria that life throws at us on a daily basis.
Recent illness aside, my body continues to provide me with more strength and energy each week, and for that i am incredibly grateful. I’m still not hiking mountains yet, but i think i will be ready once it starts cooling down in late August.