Just wanted to let you know all is well. We are back to survival mode this month, so not a lot of blogging. Radiation is Monday through Friday until the 23rd. It takes about two hours out of my day, and most of that time is commuting to the hospital.
They wondered if I would get nauseous because they are close to my
stomach, but not shooting directly at it. I did come home and throw up
an hour after my first treatment. I now take medications before I go
in and that seems to do the trick.
I am starting to feel some fatigue. When I wake up I feel like someone has taken a giant glue stick to my
back and stuck me on the bed. Also my eyes feel sealed with rubber
cement. But I get up eventually. And I found that if I keep my shoes on until the boys get to sleep, I can resist the urge to crawl into bed until the evening.
radiation techs said that the radiation will destroy what's in its
path, but normal tissue cells have memory cells and will repair
themselves. Cancer cells don't have the same memory, they just die
(suckers!). They say the side effect of fatigue is from your body
repairing the damage they are causing. I have asked how long it will
take for the tumor to die. They said slowly because it is melanoma. I
haven't felt a difference in the tumor in my armpit (this is the one
they are not radiating).
I am also back to the old night sweat situation. I wake up drenched and chilled in the middle of the night. Often several times a night.
all sound like complaints as I'm reading through them. That wasn't my
intent. I am going to say the worst of it is that in the middle of the
day as I head to the hospital, and in the middle of the night as I wake
up freezing cold, I feel like a cancer patient again. I am reminded of my situation.
It's mostly a mental thing right now.
I am still trying to process what happened this year. I have some thoughts on 'resolutions,' and sadness
about how not all crappy things can be resolved. Done, checked off the
list, finished, etc. They linger and we live with them. Cancer will be one of those things, they will never
stop looking for it in me.
I am working on a photo album of 2012 for my blog. What a year! I think if 2012 was a game, I won!!!