I woke up early this morning, earlier than I get up for weekday radiation… and it’s Saturday. At first, I wasn’t certain why I was so sure I wouldn’t sleep again. It wasn’t until I resigned myself to being up and sat down with some water that I realized: my throat feels weird. At first, I thought it was just from coughing (which was worse this morning) but over time I’ve realized I can feel the radiation for the first time.
It’s an interesting sensation. It feels like there’s a slight heartburn that makes its way up my airway instead of my throat, then it joins with my throat in a kind of general burning that rises to a sandpapery lump in my upper throat above the collarbone. To me, that’s that sensation says the radiation is taking effect, so it’s a welcome one.
P.S. Yes, I’m the kind of nerd who figured out how many Gray of radiation I’ve had so far then converted it to RADS to make a Fallout joke.