Radiation Week Two

I’m not going to turn this blog into a cancer blog – I don’t have cancer, but I do have to deal with it, and sometimes just writing stuff down helps. So that said, here’s where we are this week.

Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving – Bruce didn’t get a Monday treatment. They made up for it with two treatments on Tuesday instead. He’s going to ask the doctor today about WHY they do two in one day, simply because he noticed yesterday that he feels a lot worse, and the radiation technician said that was common after a double treatment day.

That said, he definitely is starting to feel it. His throat is getting a little sore (to be expected). The skin on his neck is getting red, and tight, like having a sunburn. He’s told me he feels lethargic, and I have noticed he just doesn’t have that much energy any more, although so far he’s still eating pretty good. He did manage to swim about 75 minutes at the session on Saturday, but he quit at 75, instead of doing the full 90 – he was wiped.

And then another side effect showed up. Food now tastes funny. First it was some leftover roast beef and potatoes he took for lunch. Those had been frozen; perhaps they weren’t quite right, maybe the microwave made them taste odd. So he went to McDonalds for cheeseburgers (I don’t judge, I just want him to eat), but he said those tasted off too. Dinner was hot dogs, and those weren’t right either. So it appears his taste buds have been hit, which we were warned would happen. I was hoping it would take longer, but no such luck.

We did pass a milestone early this week – he has completed more than 20% of his treatments now. It’s a small milestone, but it’s something. This week is almost over, only 5 weeks left to go.


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5 Responses to Radiation Week Two

  1. Bruce says:

    I was NOT wiped. I was BORED…!!! Sheesh, get it right woman.

  2. Carina says:

    Not a cancer blog, I know, but glad you’re sharing. Odds are sadly high that multiple people reading your blog will eventually deal with it ourselves or with someone we love. You seem to be looking at it the same way I look at races — 20% done, keep your head down and it will be 1/3 before you know it, then 50%, then you’re on the way back home! Sending positive thoughts your way.

    • Kris says:

      It amazes me how many people are dealing with some form of cancer! Even though this is tough we still consider ourselves relatively lucky – his prognosis is good. And yes, the whole thing reminds us of a marathon, including counting down the treatments. 🙂

      • Carina says:

        I agree, the numbers are shocking. Today is the 2 year anniversary of my best friend’s younger sister’s death from cancer. She had bone pain that when eventually diagnosed was stage 4 lung cancer, completely unexpected as a non-smoker. She left behind a daughter who was 3 at the time and I think of her often. I’m lucky cancer hasn’t touched my family, but far too many friends.

        • Kris says:

          Wow, that’s so sad! I have a friend who is fighting a nasty type of cancer right now, she has two daughters, 9 & 11. So sad to think about them losing their mother so young. 🙁 We are hopeful that everything will be fine, but if not, we will take advantage of every moment we have.

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