Jul 26, 2009 - 2:53 pm
My husband has had 18 radiation treatments and 17 left. So far is is doing remarkable, I think. I know he might not think so since he is going through all this. And he has only 4 more Erbetux treatments......hurray!!!
I just hope he can continue to eat. There is always the blender we can use too when necessary.
The doctors didn't put in a feeding tube and hopefully it won't be necessary. He takes the Magic Mouthwash as often as he can. He was prescribed liquid morphine, but that hasn't been as effective. He is still eating some solids....mostly soft foods even though it is painful to swallow. I keep the freezer stocked with ice cream,as he eats a lot of that. He got tired of Ensure, but says he will start drinking that again to keep from losing too much weight. I just hope he can continue to eat. There is always the blender we can use too when necessary.
My husband was never offered tongue surgery. His tumor is at the base of the tongue. He had the radical neck dissection to remove lymph nodes and a saliva gland. The cancer had spread to one lymph node.
My husband sleeps a lot, but all in all I think he is doing good. He is taking a shot to preserve his saliva glands and has to premedicate with Benedryl, Zirtech and Zofran and all that makes him tired too, along with the radiation draining him.
I haven't been on this site as often as I would like, but I hope I can get back on track with all the discussions. Everyone has helped me with their comments and encouraging words.
Thanks again to you all,