|End of treatment: What a joy!|
The doctor warned me that the pain would continue to increase for at least a week after treatment. I hoped that he was exaggerating but he wasn't. The next week was pretty nasty. It has been hard to hold onto my weight during these treatments. Eating has been an ordeal. Thankfully, as a dentist, I have access to some pretty powerful topical anesthetics. Typically at mealtime I would simply numb my mouth and throat and that would make it possible to swallow. Even so, I have lost about 25 pounds over the course of radiation. I wish it was all fat but a lot of it was muscle. It looks like I have chicken legs now. All that will come back, of course, over time. It has now been two weeks since radiation stopped and the pain has continued to diminish. It still isn't really comfortable to eat but I don't need topical anesthetic to swallow anymore. According to the doctor it will be 6-9 months before my sense of taste returns. (I still have good taste in women, it's just my mouth that was affected). My next scan will be the end of May. The doctors are very hopeful. Because my tumor was extremely fast growing, it should have been very sensitive to radiation. Every cloud has a silver lining.
|Up up and away|
|50's party attire|
|A little red something|
|Elizabeth as "Queen Elizabeth"|
One week from today our son leaves on his mission to Barcelona Spain. For the last several months I have had the chance to have him work at my office. Boy we are going to miss that boy. Every morning he informs us exactly how many days and hours he has left before departing. I think he will be a wonderful missionary. He will be speaking in church this coming Sunday. His visa has has not yet arrived so he will be spending time in the MTC here in Provo instead of Madrid.
Every day brings me something to be happy about. As I was dancing with JoLynne during her party it struck me how close I came to leaving this life early. It's hard to express how grateful I was to be standing on a dance floor holding her in my arms at that moment. Life is truly beautiful. I cherish each moment.