Today is cause to celebrate. Not only is it the beginning of Easter Weekend and Good Friday but it is my last radiation appointment! Number 30, 6 weeks daily!
I am still on liquid diet of Ensure shakes. However, I was able to eat some soup last evening! The doctor yesterday gave me a medicine which is a mixture of lidocaine, benadryl and Mylanta to numb my throat so I may be able to eat some food. I am also going to take Ibuprofen daily to decrease the inflammation down there.
I had slightly more energy yesterday and took a little walk and then mowed my grass. I need this exercise bad. I feel so weak and this will help get my strength back. I got to spend some time with the guys from the FD as each day a different guy drive me to Cleveland for my radiation appointments. Heidi and I appreciate these guys a lot. Heidi needed the driving break too.
So, as far as the Radiation Oncologist goes, he said he normally does a scan in 12 weeks to see where we are at. However, he wants to scan me in 6 weeks so we can continue whatever treatment we need. If it is isolated (cancer) to the esophagus, then he will probably zap it from inside while doing and EGD (scope). He has had good success with this. I see my Oncologist on Monday and see what his plans are. The way I see it, I will be in "holding" pattern for next 6 weeks to allow me to recover. Sounds good to me!
During this Easter weekend with all your family activities such as coloring Easter eggs and doing baskets or whatever your family traditions may be, be sure to explain the true reason for Easter. Explain how Christ rose from the tomb where he was left for dead! He is risen!