Mar 11, 2013 - 12:59 pm
I just realized it's been a really long time since I was on here. I hope everyone is doing better, getting better, getting healthy, etc...
As for me, I get another scan on Friday. Everything has been clean as a whistle so far. Let's have a repeat of that please! My swallowing is good, the saliva is the issue there. I have probably 60% of my normal saliva function but don't make me eat a cracker without some dip! My taste is at a tolerable level. Most things have flavor now, even if it isn't the same flavor I remember. I still lose it after a few bites on some things.
Went to the dentist today. I have some enamel erosion on my two front teeth, top and bottom. She said that may have happenend even without radiation. Otherwise, everything looked pretty much as it always had. I have to keep up with fluoride trays (which I had not been doing) and she says she sees no indication at this time of any potential issues.
I'm in school (Fine Arts) almost full time hours. Since it's all studio classes I am not experienceing any issues due to my short term memory failure. (Yes, failure. I can't remember crap from one day to the next.) Fatigue is another story altogether. I've recently been put on anxiety and depression meds. Doc says maybe it will help with the fatigue. Who knows??? I had a sleep study done and we found that I never get past the 2nd stage of sleep. So I'm asleep but it's not restorative sleep. Blurrrg... Whatever...
Regarding the depression meds, I said "I am not depressed! I am in school. my husband is amazing, our bills are paid... Why would I be depressed???" Then the doc pointed out that I probably have no serotonin right now so I was like ok maybeeee. Then I realized I have had cancer twice. That alone could cause anxiety and depression even if you don't think you have any reason to be down. So I take the pill(s) and we shall see what comes of it. I do think they are helping but I don't see how ANY pill in the world could take away the worry.
It's probably pretty clear that I am no longer taking any ADD medication lol. It dries my mouth out too bad so I just have to wing it. So far, so good but I can tell you I could NEVER EVER do the kind of work I use to do, or anything like it at all. No attention span plus short term memory issues = airhead.
Anyway, I hope everyone is still hanging around and I would love to hear updates.
Oh yeah, this is my haircolor now. It has become my signature I guess.