Feb 02, 2013 - 11:06 am
On Monday, I visit the dentist to have a tooth extracted and a small cavity filled. That along with previous exams, cleanings and flouride treatments will give me dental clearance for radiation treatment.
The journey officially starts next Thursday with surgery to remove the tumor, do further biopsies and another laryngoscopy. As of yesterday, I'm off all meds and supps with the exception of my beta blocker as per Dr's orders. With this surgery and further testing/biopsies, the team will be able to truly assess the situation and put the treatment plan together. Hopefully they'll determine the primary site... that's key here.
This week has been particulary different and difficult as I'm definitely feeling sick. It's a distinct and different feeling that has come over me the last two weeks. My neck aches (3 or so pain level that tylenol barely touches) and my energy levels have dropped dramtically. I do Ok in the mornings but by afternoon I'm whooped. The tumor has without a doubt grown or is extremely angry and irritated. I can feel it from the lymph node in my neck to just below the back of my ear. Although I'm not having any swallowing issues, I'm feeling discomfort and pressure with each swallow along with what feels like a piece of food stuck in the back part of the left side of my mouth/throat. It hurts to blow my nose and I had a little spotting of blood in my left nostril the last couple of days. I had attributed this to psychological feelings but no... it's real. I'm feeling pretty yucky :( Guess I better get used to it eh?