Apr 29, 2013 - 6:05 pm
I was thinking of posting a check-in over the weekend, and was reminded just now when I got the call that my insurance (Blue Shield) doesn't cover PET scans for surveillance for head and neck cancer, after the first post-treatment scan. I think the doctor is trying to find a way around it, but I'm overdue and I don't want to keep putting a scan off. I'm disappointed, but I figured a CT scan is better than no scan at all?
I haven't been posting much, but I've been checking the board every day and thinking of everyone here. I was going to post that I'm doing OK, but actually I think I'm doing great. I had a bad sinus infection (first of my life) after a two-week cold and cough, and was on antibiotics for a while. It left one ear ringing and if it doesn't clear up, I'll have to get it checked out since hearing loss and ear ringing is also a side effect of Cisplatin. Of course, every cough or bit of short-windedness starts the worry but I manage to set it aside and focus back on the current moment. The difference between "doing OK" and "doing great" is all in the point of view, right?
It was just over a year and one month ago that I was first diagnosed, to put things in perspective. My taste is still somewhat wonky but I've started to be able to taste chocolate finally, and tart tastes are no longer off the charts. I can eat chicken again (it was too dry for many months) and I think I have more saliva now. I still feel lucky and blessed, and I never want that awareness to fade. Every minute matters!
So hello again, everyone, and I hope today is sunny where you are! :-)