Chicken’s first day of radiation was Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010.
Chicken must fast beginning at midnight each day that she has radiation. We dropped her off at the Care Center at 9 a.m. Care Center called at 1:13 p.m. to say that Chicken was awake and doing well. They said we could pick her up at 4 p.m. When we picked her up, they showed us how to flush her IV catheter port in her arm. We have to do this before bed and in the morning. The surgery tech said that Chicken had dry heaved twice- once in the morning and once in the afternoon. They think this happened because she was really hungry, but she wouldn’t eat the food they offered her.
Chicken really enjoyed the ride home. We bought her a new “soft” carrier today and she can pop her head out of the top. She liked looking out of the car window on the way home. Once home, it was obvious that she was still a bit wonky from the anesthesia. We offered food, but she wasn’t interested. Instead she wanted to sniff everything in the house! Finally she ate a bit, but then threw up a little yellow liquid. A little later she ate more. She was having difficulty getting comfortable. I even broke out the heating pad. She was not happy about the IV catheter port. We tried to put the e-collar on her, but that didn’t work out well. At 6:40 pm she still was a little wobbly. She shook her head and almost tipped over. They said that she would wake up from the anesthesia more easily each day. I sure hope so. I am most worried about having to fast her 5 days a week. It just seems so cruel. Hopefully she starts to feel better each night. She was so tired but couldn’t seem to sit still for longer than a couple of minutes…
Chicken will have Sharpie marks on her back throughout the entire radiation process. These marks let the radiologist pinpoint exactly where the radiation will be focused. Her hair will most likely never grow back fully on her back. We’re thinking of getting her a toupee!