What a week it has been. I am sorry for not being able to update sooner.
I am now in the quiet freak out phase of preparedness.
My experience so far leads me to believe I am having a “drive thru” treatment. No one from my dr's office or the treating hospital has given me any information on isolation recommendations, diet, or precautions, let alone the results of my uptake test. Nice.
I am at the point of having so many questions thinking clearly is difficult. Lol! Monday is a holiday and treatment is Tuesday, so this is my only source for answers before then.
Any opinions on the following issues would be greatly appreciated.
I don't have the luxury of taking a full week off for isolation. My treatment is Tuesday afternoon, I am scheduled to drive carpool Friday morning…..all adults…am i putting them at risk? How much will I contaminate the car? Should I wear disposable vinyl or latex gloves? Put a garbage bag over the seat? Surgical mask? Pay someone to take my place?
Are there certain foods that are better to eat after RAI? I am a Vegan already (15yrs and counting), but was wondering if boosting my raw intake would help.
I have a stockpile of xylitol hard candy for the first 2 days.
If I wear gloves and a hooded Tyvek suit can I get away with using the kitchen without having to hazmat wash everything? I have a friend who works in asbestos removal and he offered to hook me up with disposable suits and masks if needed.
Can I handle food safely with gloves? I get an organic produce box delivered every Wednesday from a local farm. Will I contaminate it by moving it to the fridge if I wear gloves and a suit?
I read about some people being told to shower 4x a day after RAI. Sounds very “Silkwood” to me. Is this necessary for a 15mci dose?
The pets will be dropped off at boarding before I swallow the magic pill. I have them scheduled to stay until Sunday. Are there guidelines for how long the cat has to stay? I know from working in that industry cats are extremely sensitive to RAI exposure, but cannot find specific recommendations.
I have large plastic sheets to cover everything in my iso room. Inflatable mattress with cheap sheets…also read sheets should be changed daily…opinions? Plastic bags for my cell, keyboard, mouse, remote control and iPad.
I have to stop typing for a while now. My head is literally buzzing with hundreds of unanswered questions. Lol!
Thank you everyone! I apologize if this sounds like the rantings of a crazy person. I expected to have some call-backs before today. Any opinions, tricks, or tips would be greatly appreciated.