In my earlier post I mentioned that I did not want to turn the blog into a journal of my current health problem however I’ve decided at the end of each week to write a brief something about how things are going. I can understand that for some people this may not be something they wish to read and I ask that faithful reader to feel free to skip the post. The heading will be The Journey Continues.
As with any journey there must be preparation and on this one it seems to have taken forever. Not only the appointments, the scans, the blood tests, the consultations, and the valuable education sessions but the preparation of this old body for the rigours of the trip. That required some extractions, mask making, and an insertion.
Extractions? Yes, as the radiation was going to be in my mouth and throat area I had to have four teeth extracted. Why? Because they included bridges that were base metal as well as one old metal filling. That metal would arc the same as a piece of tin foil in a microwave when the radiation began. I enjoy fireworks but don’t wish to be one. Though three were surgically extracted there was no pain afterwards. Hurray! I did pick up a little “natural cure” tip when the blood clots necessary for healing were not forming. My dentist suggested moistening a black tea bag (Orange pekoe/Earl Gray) and applying it to the area and chomping down on it for about 30-45 minutes. It works and as a sidebar gives you a real caffeine buzz.
Mask making? Well Halloween is only 31 days away. Seriously again because of the area being treated the wonderful gang at PEI Cancer Treatment Centre Radiation Department created an open weave mask that has been model tightly over my face. It is held in place by a mouthpiece clamped between my teeth and a backboard attachment. The mask is marked with the reference points that will be used to aim the radiation beam. I tried it out and am comfortable with it – thank god I don’t have claustrophobia. The radiation only takes about 15 minutes.
Insertions? Well again because of the location and the problem I have with swallowing. Eating will become more of a problem as treatment continues. I don’t want to lose more weight so a feeding tube has been inserted. I will spare my faithful reader the details but it allows for the injection of a formulae to keep this Ancient working. There is a slight problem – the single use feeding syringe is not readily available and frankly costs an arm and a leg. I think we have found a solution to both problems but we shall see. Meanwhile I’d kill for a plate of fish and chips from the Water-Prince restaurant across the road.
Now less my faithful reader find this all a trifle unsettling I want to share a little gift I was sent by the 11 year old granddaughter of very dear friends. It is so that no matter what the weather I will have sunshine in my life.
The word for October 1st:
Sunshine \sŭn′shīn″\: [noun]
1.1 The light or the direct rays from the sun.
1.2 The warmth given by the sun’s rays.
1.3 A location or surface on which the sun’s rays fall.
1.4 Anything which has a warming and cheering influence like that of the rays of the sun; warmth; illumination; brightness.
Mid-13c., from sun (n.) + shine (n.). Old English had sunnanscima “sunshine;” while sunscin meant “a mirror, speculum.”