Wednesday, 7 December 2011
WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT WHINING ABOUT CANCER
Point is, I actually do other things than whine, lump around not doing housework and complain on this blog. Even if they don't turn out quite the way I expect.
Leaping to the same old topic (I didn't say I wouldn't)....
The appointment with the radiation oncologist went well. He'd received my letter and spent a careful 30 or 40 minutes trying to make sure I understood my situation and treatment as thoroughly as possible, after explaining (a little pleadingly) that it was important that I knew just how weird and tricky neuroendocrine cancer is - how hard to predict. They are throwing everything they have at it, apparently. And he, for one, is pleased with the results, so far. And I got my answer - which is that anything is possible. It was that "anything" I needed to hear. A little sliver of possibility goes a long way when you're doing your best Ten of Swords impression and yet still trying to get the hell up and keep fighting.
Apparently, he isn't expecting the chest radiation to be too bad. It's localized, away from my spine and not too close to my throat. Still, I can expect extreme fatigue, burnt skin and maybe some nausea. But Goddess bless him - if I can manage on Gravol, he won't prescribe steroids. He pretty much promised I'd feel like warmed over dirt for a while - but he did say it with a fair amount of sympathy.
Then I get a month off. From roughly January 13th to February 13th, I get to not go to the hospital while my poor ravaged immune system tries to recover for - Tah Dah! Brain radiation for two weeks. Now here's where it gets a little scarier because I may be dropping an IQ point or two at the door. Not recoverable - much like the hearing in my left ear. I told him I was concerned about that and he replied, to my utter amazement, "I am too." He said it would be something only I would notice if it happened...just a little slower solving problems, thinking things out.While this isn't exactly good news, I appreciated his directness. It seems I can hear just about anything - as long as it's honest.
And the other thing I did besides whining about cancer was this bottle:
But don't be surprised if I fit a little whining in, too.