Have thoroughly enjoyed reading your Q & A’s for years, but now have
a Q of my own.
In the next 2 or 3 days I will be starting “high dose radiation
treatment” for thyroid cancer. I’m supposed to start with one
100-mille curie dose of I-131 radioactive iodine, and then spend
the next 8 days in isolation. I’m to stay at least 6’ away from
people, pets, pots, pans & projects, as everything I come into
contact with will be exposed to radioactivity in doses high enough
to dictate that I’m to use disposable hair/toothbrushes, clothing,
etc. during week one. No holding a phone, Kindle, or laptop.
I am in the middle of an exciting Copper PMC project, and would like
to keep working. I respect the rules of my treatment, but I would
really appreciate more My Doctor is always in such a
rush that he doesn’t even let me finish a question before saying
"let me stop you right there…" as he is apparently so all
knowing he can anticipate what I’m about to ask. When I mentioned
my desire to work during this down time on ‘crafts’ (simplified
for him) he said that if I were to say, knit a cap for example, the
cap would have unsafe levels of radioactivity. He couldn’t even
begin to grasp what PMC was, didn’t want to learn, and seemed
exasperated by anything that slowed his pace for even a moment, as
well as my need to find something to do while essentially locked up
for a week.
So my question to you very intelligent people who understand the way
particles and molecules behave, and the reasons, is this: Just what
WOULD likely happen if I were to work on this copper PMC project?
Would the radioactivity left in the copper clay be a danger to
anyone who might likely wear the item sometime later? It’s still in
it’s green state, the work remaining is mostly sanding and
engraving, and then it will be fired for at least 3 hours at 1750F.
It would be nice to understand the science. In addition, I have the
option of finishing the Viking knit chain for the item, also copper
Thanks, and Best Wishes,