It’s official, radiation fatigue is here.
I spent most of today in bed, and when I wasn’t in bed I only got about 30 mins of clear thinking before my head felt heavy and fuzzy and things just stopped making a lot of sense.
I really don’t like this. I could tell it was coming on yesterday, but I didn’t expect it to hit quite so hard, so all of a sudden.
Other than going to radiation, I did get out for about 2 hours today for dinner with a friend, but it was pretty draining. I am really to head to bed again, and I am not looking forward to the early morning for radiation tomorrow. At least I will have most of the day to rest before my lesson and practice tomorrow night.
I am optimistic that the activity will help boost my energy a bit, but I know it’s going to take some planning to get myself to the studio.
The worse thing is that I can’t seem to really nap. I just sort of lie in bed with my eyes closed while my thoughts just wander on random things. It’s restful and not all at the same time. I even tried reading, which usually helps me sleep, but it wasn’t much help either. I am hopeful that will sort itself out as I get a little more fatigued.
I think the most helpful thing will be to get as much sleep at night as possible. Difficult when I have early radiation appointments, but not drinking coffee before I go and napping after may be the way to go there. Thankfully, not every day is an early one, and hopefully the early appointments will be at a minimum for the next 3 weeks until I finish.
I have been here before with chemo, but I haven’t quite faced such a build-up for fatigue. With chemo, because the treatments were weekly (or every 3 weeks), I got a bit of a break in between to recover. There is no recovery time with radiation, I just have to keep managing the fatigue and keep my activity levels up where I can.
I guess I will see how tomorrow’s lesson and practice goes.