Radiation is over!!!
Actually, it’s been over for a couple of days, and I’ve been glorying in being able to sleep until 7am (when the dog invariably wakes me up) and not have to drive anywhere if I don’t want to. StatsGuy is back to warming the car up for himself. Lucky for him, the winter seems to be over.
I even got a graduation present from the radiation staff:
It’s a cute little apple pin. Definitely something worth wearing about for a while, to celebrate being done.
Look at the present box:
The last present
So empty. I saved a big one for last.
The last present
It was a box full of love from my family. So sweet!
At this point, my skin is peeling (including my ears), and there’s one sore spot under my armpit. However, most of the skin has healed, even of the pinkness. Next, I have an appointment with the plastic surgeon to figure out when to finish up with the reconstruction.
I am down to my final day, which means I have last week’s presents to acknowledge. I know I didn’t get them up at the end of the week, but I was busy dealing with the allergic reaction. That’s under control (thanks to the steroids) and I’ve moved on to peeling. It’s annoying and slightly painful, especially right in my armpit, but nothing like the itchiness and swelling I had last week.
Anyways – on to the presents!
More snacks – I love Kashi granola bars
I had a bit of a heart theme going in the middle of the week.
Candy hearts, that I won’t be sharing.
A heart tin
A postcard for my Postcrossing collection.
A pen from my father’s business
I’ve got one present left (I saved a big one for the end).
Another week done, another week and one day to go. Not that I’m counting…but I totally am. The box of presents is looking pretty empty at this point. Here’s what I pulled out of it this week:
I was finally reminded what the missing present from last week was:
The fifth present from last week.
This week’s presents include:
This is a smaller bag than many of my reusable bags, which is handy. Sadly, the handle fell off on one side before I even used it once. It headed to my mending pile immediately.
A poem about a little white feather, with some feathers from my mother’s chickens.
A Christmas snowman
Another Bible verse card
Nothing too silly from my mother this week.
Yes, I am behind even farther than last week on getting this post up. In fact, it’s so late I’ve forgotten what the radiation present for last Monday was. When I remember it, I’ll be sure to update the post. I lose just enough time in that drive every morning that I feel like I’m always a bit behind. Two weeks left. I can make it.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday I choose envelopes. I got:
A Bible verse meant for support
A note of support – glad I didn’t open this one last!
Tuesday and Thursday I open a larger package:
White socks. This one definitely got a wry chuckle from me.
One of my favorite flavors.
And those are my radiation presents from last week!
Another five presents have come out of the box. I got some good memories in this set.
A new Christmas ornament
A book of hymns
I got this book when my father and I sang in the choir for a Billy Graham crusade in Buffalo when I was in high school.
The farm’s backyard
This was taken early in the summer when we all still had long hair. Mr. Curiosity certainly looks a lot like Miss Adventure in this photo.
A Norman Rockwell mug
This is part of a set of Norman Rockwell mugs my parents had that we only got to use for special occasions. I was excited when I opened this presents. It definitely brings back happy memories of my childhood.
I just want to know how the candies got in a bag for a Wolverine faucet. Luckily they don’t taste like brass.
Three full weeks down, three full weeks (and a day) to go.
Another week down, four more to go. When this week is over, I’ll be half done. That’s exciting. I did get five new radiation presents last week. No theme this week, but lots of smiles.
A shower scrubby
The kids had lots of fun throwing this around the house. It doesn’t cause any damage when it gets thrown into things.
A photo of my grandfather and daughter
A photo of a photo, which means very poor quality, but I think I need to teach my mother what red-eye correction is.
Seeds for my garden
This was a game from my childhood. You have to start with the light pegs since there’s more of them than the dark pegs now.
The box is getting noticeably emptier, which is good!
I had my first full week of radiation. Only five more weeks, and one day to go. I was supposed to start on a Wednesday and finish on a Friday, but the doctor needed to add one more treatment angle. So, I started on a Thursday and will end on a Monday. Much harder to find a good place to go out to celebration dinner on a Monday night.
But, I got to open five more presents this week.
Rocks to decorate my houseplants
A postcard from San Salvador, Bahamas
This was my favorite radiation present. Not only did it remind me of all the fun I’ve had in the Bahamas, but it’s a postcard I can use for postcrossing.