Thursday, September 30, 2010

Recovery from Radiation- Part I

This is the first video documenting Nina's recovery from sedation after her radiation treatment. Normally it can take Nina up toward 20-30 minutes to wake up from the sedative once she is back in the room. Cindy and I do everything we can to help wake her up but she is just so tired and would prefer to sleep.

Usually I will do things such as brushing her hair (which she despises) and/or use damp wash cloth to wipe her face in an effort to stir her a bit. If these things fail, then I will place a damp wash cloth underneath her arm-pits (she does not like this!) and this will usually help move her along. Once awake, Nina is mad for a few minutes. I can't blame her. She is hungry but she is also disorientated. Poor girl! She is sedated 5 days a week. It takes a lot out of her.

The biggest challenge is to get her to take a sip of water (any liquid really) once she does wake up. The doctors insist on this to make sure she can swallow, but all she wants is her breakfast! When Nina is allowed to eat her breakfast then all is good in the world again :) We are so proud of our honey-girl!

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