Jan 28, 2013 - 3:28 pm
Dad has 10 rad tx left and we'd already been told there would probably be another break in treatment and it came today. His right jaw line from his ear downwards is painful (last night a 10/10--he cried himself to sleep) with an eggsized knot. Dr. thinks it's salivary gland infection and is treating with antibiotics.
Dad is simply exhausted. Could barely put one foot in front of the other today. And actually happy at the treatment break--so unlike last time. I guess I was waiting for cancer/treatment to really "hit" and this may be it. It's just that he has a pretty high pain threshold that for him to admit it was so painful (he gave a dislocated hip a 3/10), I know it has to be bad. I see the "radiation brain" effect , too.
I've been reading a lot about your entries related to gland questions, but this swelling/infection hasn't made it's way across my readings. Anyone else have it?
-V (and, as ever, my thoughts and prayers are of you all)