Okay blog readers…I need some help.
On Sunday I went off thyroid meds I was on….then on the 13th I start my low iodine diet.
From there on April 20th I talk to the nuclear physicist and have a scan done…then the 21st is the day I take the Radio Active Iodine(RAI) pill.
The physicist is the person who will give me the cans and can-nots of treatment. I don’t see them until the day before I take the RAI dose. I have a huge host of questions that I’d like some idea about before then. For example:
I have to launder my clothes separately…so can I touch fabric and sew..or will the radio active stuff get on the quilt pieces through my fingers…or can I sew if I wear rubber gloves? Or could I work on just one quilt and launder it when I’m done?
In light of that, if I can’t sew, can I use the quilt machine?
I keep trying to think of what I can do if I can’t quilt….Gardening likely isn’t the best idea. Won’t I infect the veggies or plants?
Paper piecing isn’t the best idea…or rug making as that will likely sit on my lap and get even more infected than just by the touch of my hands.
I am also curious, does the RAI make me tired or sick feeling…or will I just be dealing with the tiredness from lack of thyroid meds. The tiredness has been daily getting a little worse….Not horrible, but worse.
I am a planner and just like to know. I’ve gotten a general guideline from the docs but it’s so contradictory.
I can have sex within 24 hours of taking the meds but I can’t drink out of the same cup for five days….(read that again-I’ve read it dozens of times. It doesn’t make sense to me.) Isn’t that weird?? No to cup sharing but yes to sex.
On the pamphlet I got it says I need to stay away from kids for a week. Then I asked-double checking so I could let my families know how many days they need alternate care and found out -no, they want me away from kids for 16 days. I am so confused.
I know that I’ll get these answers on the 20th but I’d really like to know a few things now so I can plan. I’ve looked and googled it and I get all sorts of contradicting information there too. I’ve said before that I’m a girl that likes a plan and feels frustrated when I don’t have a plan….I am comfortable and okay with the cancer and having the treatment-even thankful that I don’t have to tackle chemo or radiation. I am just curious and wondering about the treatment.
I know several of you have been through this before. Can you help by sharing what you were told? Do you think I can sew? Will the RAI treatment make me feel sick and tired?