May 03, 2013 - 10:28 pm
I just finished three full weeks of daily rads and overall feeling pretty good. I am on weekly chemo as well (carboplatin 150) but my MO inidicated and I can confirm the side effects from the chemo dosing is minimal if at all. All side effects are radiation based which to date really is come down to soreness/pain in the back of my throat.
The first and second week, the chemo did give me tiredness and some fatigue but I also attribute that to lack of hydration which caused tiredness which caused more dehydration and spirled down.
Week three was no chemo side effects such as tiredness/fatigue as I REALLY stayed on top of hydration. This week also began increasing pain in the back of throat. Along with this came more difficulty with solid foods. During the week, I have moved to soft solids only and increasing intake of protein shakes and various smoothies.
Going forward, blenderized and liquid nutirition and very soft solids is the game plan with liquified nutrition supplying sufficient minimum daily caloric intake. Other lighter liquid drinks such as choco milk, blended yogurt drinks, etc. offer a constant supply of liquid to tally on that count.
This week was also the beginning of the narco therapies to control the increasing pain in the throat. So far, just plain hydrocodon 5-500. I'm expecting to need more such as oxy, morphine, or fentynyl patches byt my MO thinks most of the nerves have been burnt in already; will see. His comment was controlling the mucositis, currently stage 2 as I can still eat solid and drink liquids. This is of course the key to remaining PEGless. :-)
Liquid lidocaine and magic mouthwash to take the edge off the throat pain and keep the mucositis in check are the other meds for now.
Time is going by fast so far; just a couple more daily rads and I'll cross half-way mark of treatment; I'm keeping another calendar that shows that same point as the 25% mark to getting over most of the rad nastiness.