Flush Twice: Life After Radioactive Iodine Treatment
>I didn’t know what to expect when I received the treatment last Friday. It’s simple enough: 1. Get the routine pregnancy test (doctors can’t administer radioactive iodine without verification that you aren’t pregnant) 2. Swallow a capsule.
The scary part is that the capsule is brought to you in a lead container, you are told not to touch the capsule(“Just toss it into your throat and swallow down with some water”), and before you leave, they give you a list of precautionary measures to be followed.
Precautions include: avoid contact with children and pregnant woman, stay arms length away from everyone, don’t sleep next to anyone for at least 72 hours, don’t stay in close proximity to anyone for more than two hours, use your own bathroom if possible, and –you guessed it–flush twice.
It’s a bit scary. But it’s also a precaution. The upside: a little time to yourself.
Here’s the truth: it’s not as bad as it seems. Short contact is acceptable–including hugs. And most people can return to work within 48 hours. Also, because the dose is not high, most people don’t get sick. (I haven’t.)
The thing I miss most is being close to the ones I love. But even this will be all that much better when we can be close again.