Mar 03, 2013 - 8:28 am
I say that because I'm coming up on the 1 year 'discovery' of my beast and wondered, when do we start our 'survivors' count?
When they discover the mass in your neck? When the ENT snakes the camera out of your nose and tells you "you have a tumor on the base of your tongue? When the pathology report comes back from the biopsy and your doctor calls to tell you "squamous cell carcinoma"? When you start treatment? When treatments end, or when you get your first clean scan results?
It was almost a year ago that my ENT found the tumor, but I have yet to have had a clear scan (next Tuesday and I hope it comes back NED) so am I a 1 year survivor with 4 to go, or am I just getting to the point that I can start counting?
I was reading the label that comes with my flouride paste (SF5000) and the instructions from the manufacturer said to use a pea size amount, brush regularly and expectorate. Not rinse, just spit. How do we, the survivors of rads who have to eat like we were racoons, manage to spit out the foam/saliva/excess fluoride if we don't generate enough spit? My dentist never said anything, beyond the pea size/brush regularly instructions....along with the brush after everything you eat, floss daily, use a non-alcohol mouth rinse if you want to keep your teeth. Hmmmmmm