I have three teeny-tiny tats and it’s hard to locate them now, three years out. Rads? The easy part! At my first hospital (breast cancer) I parked and walked to the building; for the second series (tonsil cancer) I had valet parking. Parking and walking to the building and back to my car was longer than the rads session. For both cancers I had 35 rads each; the last three for b/c were boosts for which you’ll have to be measured again - much much quicker than the first time measurements.
I had an aloe vera plant as well but found that Aquaphor was far easier, relatively inexpensive (under $10), glided on perfectly, and switched to it solely during the first week. Although I have light skin and turned color rather quickly, I didn’t have any pain, skin tearing, bubbling, sunburn sensations, etc. The skin in the target area simply went from pink to red to purple and then just faded away after about 6 - 8 weeks.
I had 3 or 4 delays during the 35 days, all because of equipment problems, nothing that lasted more than an hour or so. I became fast friends with the people that were scheduled close to my time - it became a social experience as well as a medical one. Go figure. Fatigue is a side-effect but I didn’t find it debilitating.
The techs were great - probably the best people you’ll encounter on this journey. They don’t hurt you in any way so that’s a big plus for them as well as you.
There’s no pain involved in this - you can finally relax. I brought Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday CDs that they played for me every other day; on the alternating days it was the head tech’s choice, usually Green Day, U2 and John Legend.
This is the easy part - it’s nearly over! Pat yourself on the back and celebrate - you deserve every bit of it.