Actually week 8 has been the worst of them all. The firestorm that is going on in my mouth and throat is more painful than I could have ever imagined. Treatment ended this week and the weekend actually has been the worst of all, I’m droping more pain medication than I have the entire time and don’t know what to think. I would have hoped that things would be getting better but, they are getting worse. It’s Saturday nite and tomorrow we are planning on going to church and I pray that I can get through church with out tons of medication.
Things seem to be pretty much the same sick on the weekend and not really getting anything done, and the week went on with rads and chemo. Throat hurting and the week ends pretty much the same with chemo sick on Thursday and Friday, Saturday a bit of recovery and tomorrow starts week 8 the last week of treatment. Treatment ends on Thursday thank God, I can honestly say I have had enough of this and am ready for it to be over.
Week 6 came with being sick all weekend and the pain level increasing to levels not yet seen, but pain meds are working well, there is one rad burn on my neck that is just irritating because it’s in a bad spot and my shirt keeps rubing against it, my weight is down from 195 to 179 pounds, which the doc says isn’t really too bad, but of course doesn’t want me too loose too much more otherwise I could see a real lack of energy and ability to get things done.
Well I have 9 rads, and 2 chemo treatments to go and then, a PET scan 10 weeks later and analysis to see if it has popped up somewhere else. The prognosis is still real good the tumor has shrunk to the point where I don’t even feell it when I do a self examination. Hopefully when this is over I will have some time to reflect on the experience and document the learnings.
Bring on week 7
Well I’ve been through 25 rads and 5 chemo treatments my throat is so raw but it still seem as if the Magic Mouthwash seems to still give me some releif without too much vicodine except at night to sleep. The hard part is my sinuses draining and cloging up my throat which is uncomfortable to say the least. I have 3 more weeks with 15 rads including a boost and 3 more chemo treatments. I can not wait until this is over cause this has been my worst week having trouble concentrating and keeping my mind working either at work or even on this as I just feel so crappy. Life a day at a time is really getting hard I’m looking at the end of the term and I think that has been hampering my day at a time attitude as I’m getting close.