Cleanup after RAI

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Cleanup after RAI

by lvkl4l on Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:00 AM

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I just received RAI last week.  I was at home with a 1-day total isolation and 5 day isolation treatment.  Now I am wondering how to clean my home before I pick my children (9 & 7) up tomorrow from my parents'.  My husband has been with me this whole week.  From what I read on the internet, you have to watch & continue the isolation guidelines for up to 3 weeks!!  Is this true?  Do I need to be concerned for my children?  How do I clean my house to make it "safe" for my kids?  Any info greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

 

Vikki L., 36, MN

follicular adenocarcinoma, total thyroidectomy

RE: Cleanup after RAI

by RedStar17 on Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:00 AM

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-----quote------ Basically you need to remove any bodily fluid that is staying on a surface that someone else may touch. Including sweat. For 40 days it will have some radioactiveness to it. Wash things that you wore or slept on. Wipe down pretty well things that you touched. If you ate on common plates or used common utensils I'd double wash them. The kids thing: It probably is safer to keep an arms length from them for another week. A quick hug's okay, but that's about it. Can be tough, but you don't want any lingering doubt. Basically you're trying to not let anything radioactive (greatest source is the fluid thing) into their mouths so that it hits their thyroid. You may be emitting a very very tiny amount of radioactivity, hence the arms length thing. But again, you'd be in the hospital if you were a great risk. Red Star

RE: Cleanup after RAI

by skylog on Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hi there.  I am from MN also.  Well, I live in SD now but I grew up in MN and moved here a couple years ago.  Where about are you?  Not what you asked I know, just curious.  As for clean up.  I guess it depends on where you have been.  For sure you want to clean the bathroom really well.  You don't really need any special products, just lots of water.  The kitchen also.  Have you been everywhere in your house, or did you stay in the bedroom?   3 weeks seems a little long.  I stayed isolated for 5 days-all by myself, in a totaly different house.  After I returned home, I kept a little bit of distance from my 2 kids (4 and 8) for the next week.  I used a seperate bathroom for the next 2.  I gave little hugs after the first week.  No big hugs or kisses for about 2 weeks.  It also depends on how much RAI you recieved.  I had 75 milc.  Does this help at all?  Maybe not, I know how scarey it is with kids.  Good luck.  (I am from Anoka MN)
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