June 2008 I swallowed 10.7 mci of radiation to attempt to kill/damage my over active thyroid gland.
I had to spend 4 days in strict isolation.
My kids were 6 and 1 3/4. Husband took the time off work and watched them.
I stayed in the back of my pick up. Which was parked in front of the house. I was allowed to make there food so they would call me on the walkie talkie and then go up stairs so I could prep their food then leave the house.
I would have loved to have stayed at a motel, but wanted to be there close in case my hubby needed verbally coached through the four days of kid wrangling. Plus we couldn't afford it.
I wasn't sure how I was going to handle the isolation. I have grown very fond of the physical touches my husband gives me through out the day. I love being near him and hugging him. He told me before we were married that "what ever my faults may be, it won't be giving my wife lack of affection."
He has been true to his word.
I eat up his physical touch. Its like a nutrient that nourishes me.
Four days without it was going to be rough.
The total isolation protocol was this:
4 days strict isolation no closer than 12 feet from ANYONE.
NO neck contact with anyone for 2 weeks (as in you can't touch my neck or hug me where your face is near my neck. Which meant no sleeping in bed with husband for two weeks.
(um, that was the hardest part. I am a spooning junkie)
NO closer than 3 feet from me for one week post isolation
NO contact with babies for 2 weeks - babies suck up radiation like sponges.
No sitting near me or riding in a car with me for longer than 30 min after 1 week of the treatment.
I arrived back at the house after taking the radioactive pill and climbed into the canopy and radioed Coremind to tell him I was home and to check on the family.
They came to the picture window and waved to me. I remember thinking...who is this 4 days going to be longer for, me in isolation, or Coremind alone with his kids and no wifey.
I laid back and opened the book I had brought, and promptly fell sound asleep.
Not just asleep, but ASLEEP. For the first time since conceiving our son in 2001 I slept soundly. There was no sleeping with one ear open listening for the kids or for burglars or house fires, no listening for hungry babies calling for my boobs....nothing. I was responsible for just me.
Literally I was relieved of ALL my parental duties. Actually all my duties as a human!
24/7 non-ending parenting wears you down, I didn't realize just HOW much till that moment.
I think all parents should be put in strict isolation 4 days every year just so they can have a complete break. What a wonderful thing that was.
By day four I was ready to return to my job. Gauging from the number of times my family came to the window to look out at me in the truck, they were ready for me to return too.