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Radioactive Me?

Tomorrow I am going for radioactive iodine treatment for my hyperthyroidism. I have been doing some research tonight and read some suggestions for what to do after I am treated:

"For the first 5 days after your treatment:

Drink plenty of fluids, such as water or juices, to help you urinate more frequently.
Avoid prolonged physical contact, particularly with children and pregnant women.
Do not sit next to someone in a motor vehicle for more than one hour.
Avoid kissing or sexual intercourse.
Sleep in a separate room.
Use separate towels, face cloths, and sheets. Wash these and your personal clothing separately for 1 week.

To further reduce the chance of exposing other people to radioactivity:

Wash your hands with soap and plenty of water each time you use the toilet.
Keep the toilet very clean. Men should urinate sitting down to avoid splashing. Also, flush the toilet two or three times after each use.
Rinse the bathroom sink and tub thoroughly after using them.
Use separate (or disposable) eating utensils for the first few days and wash them separately."


Glow in the dark Dee?

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beccak1961
Oct. 13th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC)
Wow that's sort of scary!
silverdee
Oct. 13th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
I know and my doctors didn't even mention any of it. They only warned me I might feel weird for a couple of days. Yeah, no wonder!
phoenix_anew
Oct. 13th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
How scary. I'd be freaking out if I were you. I hope you only have to do this once...
silverdee
Oct. 13th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
Only once is the plan. I wasn't freaked out until I read all this last night. I will be asking lots of questions today before the treatment.
phoenix_anew
Oct. 13th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC)
I wonder if a spider got near you, if it could become radioactive.. cuz then you could have it bite you and you could be Spiderwoman! :)

Seriously though, I imagine a lot of those warnings are just them being extra careful. Good luck!
weelisa
Oct. 13th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
Good luck - and make sure you rest a LOT and eat as well as you can for awhile to give your body a chance to recover fully.
silverdee
Oct. 13th, 2005 08:53 am (UTC)
Thanks sweetie! I won't be doing much of anything except for glowing in the dark over the next few days. ;-)
londonlust
Oct. 13th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Oh wow. I've never even heard of this - I mean, I'd heard of the treatment but not such strict confinement post-treatment!

But honestly, it's not bad enough you get radiated but can't even cuddle your man afterwards?? Pfft.

Just have him wear an astronaut's suit or something :P
silverdee
Oct. 13th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
Right now HAZMAT suits are very easy to come by in these parts so he might have to don one of those!
aromenis
Oct. 13th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
LOL that's so funny and also really depressing. Aggh.
ladymeow
Oct. 13th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Dude, that's insane!

Good luck.
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