Where to stay after RAI

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Where to stay after RAI

by Joelle7 on Thu Oct 11, 2018 02:45 AM

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Hello!

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions regarding where to stay after radioiodine treatment? I have papillary thyroid cancer and am receiving the treatment next month. I am a college student and live in a dorm with many other students and a roomate. I also have no car and the hospital administering my treatment is not in my college city, so I will have to stay in the city with the hospital for the full week to make it to the numerous appointments that come with this type of treatment. The hospital has been no help. They told me that I cannot stay in a hotel and I cannot stay in my dorm or at the hospital. Their solution was that I rent a house through Airbnb for the week. As a student, I can barely afford tuition. I most certainly do not have the funds to rent an entire house for an entire week. My family lives over 8 hours away, so it's not as if I can stay with them either. I'm honestly just at a loss about what to do.

Thank you in advance to anyone who replies!

RE: Where to stay after RAI

by butterfly501 on Thu Oct 11, 2018 03:15 AM

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On Oct 11, 2018 2:45 AM Joelle7 wrote:

Hello!

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions regarding where to stay after radioiodine treatment? I have papillary thyroid cancer and am receiving the treatment next month. I am a college student and live in a dorm with many other students and a roomate. I also have no car and the hospital administering my treatment is not in my college city, so I will have to stay in the city with the hospital for the full week to make it to the numerous appointments that come with this type of treatment. The hospital has been no help. They told me that I cannot stay in a hotel and I cannot stay in my dorm or at the hospital. Their solution was that I rent a house through Airbnb for the week. As a student, I can barely afford tuition. I most certainly do not have the funds to rent an entire house for an entire week. My family lives over 8 hours away, so it's not as if I can stay with them either. I'm honestly just at a loss about what to do.

Thank you in advance to anyone who replies!

Tell the hospital, if they can't admit you, you'll have to stay in a hotel/motel.

Out of state/country patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering receiving I-131 treatment stay in hotels all the time.

Put on the do not disturb, haul out your own trash and before check out flush the toilet a few times for the clean water to rinse the bowl and rinse down the shower tub and sink with fresh water.

 

RE: Where to stay after RAI

by ToddlerFather on Thu Oct 11, 2018 07:29 PM

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As butterfly before me already said, you can stay at a hotel just fine. Just request the hotel to not service your room during your stay. Flush the toilet many times (not just one) after each use, flush it a few times before leaving the room. After shower, let water run for a few minutes every time, do it once more before leaving the room. 

RE: Where to stay after RAI

by HemlockMolly on Fri Oct 19, 2018 02:23 AM

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Hi Joelle, have you tried talking with the social work department there?  Not sure of your age, but wondering if there would be a Ronald McDonald House type option if you are under age 21?  I totally understand your situation.  I just had ROI yesterday and have small child and pet in home, have septic tank concerns and was doing a lot of googling trying to figure out what my alternative options were if my dose was on the higher side.  They say if you do stay in a hotel, it's a good idea to check-in in advance, to bring your own waterproof bed covering / sheets and basically set up thing's ahead of the treatment.   I would also talk with the counseling or support center on campus, there may be someone there who could assist you.  Especially if you note you might end up back in the dorm.  ;-)

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by Snowbanshee on Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:31 AM

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Seriously it is crazy to give you these treatments and then you got to find a place to stay I'm in a city that has no resources I have no family except husband and and son  no endrocrinologist in the town  and then you tell me I have cancer 

I don't think they think before they they tell you these things I was just reading about Mexico they actually keep you in the hospital when they do these treatments I thought I thought the USA was Advanced obviously not have you tried the American Cancer Society or any groups on Facebook wishing you all the best but I understand how hard it is

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