I had my last radiation treatment just over three weeks ago. My last chemotherapy treatment was about 13 and a half weeks ago. How are things so far?
Well, I can't drink Coke anymore. There is this awful chemical aftertaste and it's just gross. The dry mouth is gone but I still have a weird metallic taste in my mouth, almost like blood. Fruit flavored things, you know, like fruit and stuff, tastes good so I frequent McD's a lot for their seasonal Tropic Twist flavored Slushie. Delicious and refreshing and yay, not aftertaste.
The numbness in my fingers and toes has abated. I can put earrings in Olivia's ears without dropping both earrings and both backs in the process. I call that progress.
My hair is obviously coming back.
The burn on my incision that was so awful there at the end of the treatments is healed. No more seeping, no more redness. The scar from my port is actually taking longer to heal than the burn from radiation. So there's that.
I don't need quite as much sleep as I was needing there at the end of radiation. Sure, I still like to sleep a lot but I don't need to as much. Shhhh, don't tell Tom.
I'm good. I'm lucky. I'm blessed, if you will.