Somewhere between being in an earthquake movie or Freddy Krueger dragging me down through my dreams might work for fiction except this is real.
Radiation therapy as promised is painless, quick and the headaches that were driving me mad over the past weeks are gone. Some serious episodes of hiccups are now making me batty but the proverbial teaspoon of sugar seems to keeps them at bay.
Meeting with Dr. Milito today after my zapping I learned my treatments will be only 10 rather than 14. Since I have had two that means 8 to go and then onto chemotherapy.
See what I mean ... a month ago Stage 1 lung cancer was basically maintenance free except for regular follow up scans every 4 months to monitor any changes. It is a diagnosis that optimistically lulls you while lung cancer lurks.
Following yesterday’s family culinary adventure, vegetarian chili, carnivores, and cannibals with my wife to celebrate my first zapping, it's time to get back to what life is about - caring for others.
My tradition of 3 outings per week with my wife from her care facility where she lives with severe Multiple Sclerois has been interrupted for two weeks by my own upheaval in health status; this will be comeback week with three!
Calling the wonderful owner operators, Cathy and Kristen of Salon on Main I explained my vainity angst through this new aggressive treatment stage. They suggested a transitional ‘fade cut’ to see what really happens. I even brought my own baby shampoo. Omen of omens, I learned that my radiation oncologist is a customer of theirs.
Next a 3 mile walk around town up and down varying terrain, and surfaces from sidewalk to cobblestones I self-checked my abilities and stamina and making some time for playing with our cat.
Stage 4 is another world and of course nothing is more violating than lung cancer slithering into my brain.
The operative word is living and that is what I intend to do.
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @ http://caregivinglyyours.blogspot.com/
My Lung Cancer Odyssey @ http://lung-cancer-survivor.blogspot.com/