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Glowing - Karen's Musings
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First, I should make very clear that radioactive eggs are disgusting.  Even if it didn't have a rotten metallic tangy taste to it, just sitting there chewing a hardboiled egg with no water to wash it down, on an empty stomach, when severe persistent nausea is already a problem, thinking about the fact that you're intentionally swallowing a radioactive substance is stomach-turning in and of itself.  I daresay, I will have more pleasant meals at some point in the future.  

Anyway, I miraculously  kept it down for the duration of the study, but threw it up when I came home, meaning it's unclear how much radiation is actually still in me.  According to Seth's research I'm emitting gamma rays right now, but it can't be getting into my breast milk.  Even if it was getting into the breast milk, apparently I don't even have to "pump and dump" .... I just have to pump and freeze until at least 5 half lives have passed (about 30 hours).  Then the radiation magically goes "poof".  Or, um, something more scientific sounding (per Seth: "it goes across the universe in the form of gamma ray photons."  Frankly, that sounds like a bunch of hooey also, but I guess he knows what he's talking about).  Obviously, we're exercising an abundance of caution, but I'm irritated at the fact that no one's told me I shouldn't be holding her, but everyone's said I shouldn't nurse her, when apparently the risk has nothing to do with my breast milk. (No, I'm not emitting enough radiation that holding her will harm her, but the point is my milk doesn't have anything in it that's going to harm her either)

I'm not currently glowing in the dark, so I figure we're pretty safe.  But if I grow an eleventh toe or something, I'll make sure to post pictures.

Oh, and I don't know the results of the study, but I should know when I see my doctor Monday afternoon.  Meanwhile, my doctor switched me to Domperidone which is working way better than the Reglan (without all the yucky side effects), so I have been able to keep a couple things down (half a bagel last night - win!).


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batya_d From: batya_d Date: June 23rd, 2010 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
You really had the time/energy to paint that avatar? Really?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I can't remember who made that one for me. Maybe allah_sulu. I've had it for years but I never use it. Probably for good reason! :)
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have this vague recollection I might have done it.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are quite right - it is credited in my userpics page: http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml?user=estherchaya

And see? All these years later and I found an even more perfect use for it than I wanted originally! :)
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: June 23rd, 2010 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Domperidone will also increase your milk supply. It can cause lactation in men.

Feel good and may you not eat anything else radioactive ever again.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I know (as will Reglan - actually the Reglan was far more effective at increasing my milk supply but the side effects were brutal). I used Domperidone when I was nursing the triplets. It was actually kind of funny because it was like he was whipping out his secret weapon announcing that maybe we should switch to domperidone and he was about to explain what it is and where to get it (It's not available in the US) and I said, "Actually, I *have* domperidone." He almost deflated - it was cute.

anyway, an increased supply is a good thing - I'm eating so little that I'm starting to struggle with supply issues. I didn't have supply issues with the triplets until I went back to work, so it's ridiculous that I should have even a hint of a supply issue!
ralphmelton From: ralphmelton Date: June 23rd, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's hoping the radiation gives you cool superpowers.
mabfan From: mabfan Date: June 23rd, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
then the question is exactly what superpower would a chicken egg bestow upon me.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
so far no dice. I'll let you know if I turn into Chicken Woman, though. Or if I get very, very angry and turn green.
cellio From: cellio Date: June 23rd, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
An eleventh toe would be a nuisance -- you'll probably need custom-made shoes and you can't really do anything with it. Surely you can grow something more interesting, or get a superpower out of it?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
good point on the custom shoes. So far no luck on the superpowers, but it was pointed out to me that the egg would have had to bite me to give me spandex-wearing powers of Chicken Woman!
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: June 23rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate reglan. You already know my feelings on domperidone.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reglan probably would have worked had I been taking a high enough dose - but at a higher dose, I get dystonic effects and that's... bad.

I heart domperidone. He told me he could write a script for me and I could get it from Canada. Have you done that? I always get mine from the UK, but wondering if there's any advantage to Canada.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: June 23rd, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reglan gave me the dumb. It was very bad because I didn't realize it and had to be told.

As for domperidone, before I ordered it from the website that I think I got from you and Seth, I got it by prescription from a compounding pharmacy in Alexandria. Ordering online is a fraction of the price. I think I get a 3 month supply for what I paid for 1 month of pills.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, you got the website from me - that's where I order it. My doctor seemed to think it would be easier to get it from Canada. I'll investigate and et you know if it's any easier/cheaper (I doubt it'll be cheaper). I think my doctor's thinking I have gastroparesis, so my guess is I'm going to be buying a LOT of domperidone over the long term.

mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: June 23rd, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Once you're in for the gastric empty test, that's pretty much where they're headed especially if the domperidone is helping. Hopefully yours isn't a permanent condition the way mine appears to be.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, reading the description of symptoms... it's pretty much what I've got going on, with the exception of blood glucose issues. I am not amused.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: June 23rd, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't blame you. Gastroparesis is pretty much the opposite of fun. I can eat basically normally now, so long as I stick to some simple guidelines and have my pills on hand so think of it as the light at the end of the tunnel.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah. Maybe it'll turn out to be something else. Right, because odds are always on my side when it comes to medical drama.

I admit that I do look forward to having an answer, even if it's the opposite of fun.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I commend you for keeping your sense of humor, even with all these medical nuisances going on. May all the results be fine, and you should feel completely better. Kudos to you for your positive attitude.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's hilarious that you think I have a positive attitude. :) I know I come across as a negative nelly a lot.
From: jadesymb Date: June 23rd, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the hulk smash!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 23rd, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was Seth's extra touch. :)
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