• Any suggestions on how to get through I 131 treatment? What kind of solution do you use to clean surfaces that have been touched?

    Asked by mrsc on Friday, August 24, 2012

    Any suggestions on how to get through I 131 treatment? What kind of solution do you use to clean surfaces that have been touched?

    I will be going through this therapy soon, and I want to be prepared as much as possible. I know everyone body's is different..just need ideas of sour things to help produce more saliva, and things to do to pass the time. Thanks

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    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Welcome to our WhatNext Site. I have no personal experience with I131 treatment. However my cat Spunky recieved it a few years ago. We had to leave him there (at vets) for two weeks.... He came home the sweet loving wonderful cat he'd always been but no longer required medication. We were told not to cuddle him for a week... but heck that sure didn't happen. My suggestion to you is to ask the doctor. My doctor gave us a printout of what we were taking, what the side effects could be, how to treat each one, etc. I'm sure yours will provide this to you. Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • kbarkley's Avatar

      Hi mrsc. I went through the I 131 treatment in January 2012. I set up my bedroom so that I did not have to leave it for the 5 days. I borrowed a small refridgerator and also put a small microwave, TV, and an electric griddle in my room. I am fortunate that I have a bathroom in my room so I did not even have to leave for that. I used all disposable items (paper plates, plastic silverware, etc. and had garbage bags in room to dispose them in. The doctor all so gave me a list of things to do such as change/wash bed sheets daily (separate from other laundry), shower twice a day, flush the toilet twice each time it is used and keep the cover down, new pjs/clothes daily(again wash separate from other laundry). My doctor also gave me medication to take the first 3 days to help protect my salivary glands. This made me slightly nauseous but it was bearable. I sucked on lemon drops constantly and that did help. Once I was out of isolation I just cleaned my bedroom and bathroom as usual. The website www.thyca.org is a great resource!! I wish you the best and try to have things to do during your isolation. It gets very boring!!!! I had my kindle to read, and the TV and computer. Laptop was a great way to keep in touch with the outside world!

      over 8 years ago
    • spunky's Avatar

      I just had my treament on August 28. I have just cleaned things with antibacterial wipes, but will be cleaning my bathroom with a spray cleaner with bleach. Luckily, I have my own bathroom. Have told my grandkids not to get on my bed or use my bathroom for a few more weeks. My hardest part was to stay so isolated from everyone for one full week. And I still do not cuddle the grandkids. Have sour candys on hand, they really helped with the dry mouth. You will probably be told to drink a lot of water- helps flush that stuff through your system. Try to eat, but if you can't, maybe try protien drinks. I was told to put a sheet over my favorite chair and only sit there, for a week. Because you can was a sheet easier than upholsery.

      over 8 years ago
    • ipccgirl's Avatar

      I have been thru the I131 three times. I do not was everything everyday. If you are the only one touching things. I wear gloves if i touch things my husband uses. I use my own bathroom and bed for 12 days. I went thru old photos, cookbooks, computer and alot of reading on cancer. Natural strategies by russell Blaylock,M.D. is very good.

      over 8 years ago

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