w5/d2

Eking into week five with Dr. Chemo’s weekly follow up meeting.  Took the obligatory blood tests and the main counts are all low but within normal for treatment.  One concern I voice is the constant pulsating ring in my head/ears, (although it may not be in my ears but only heard there?).  The ringing never goes away, day or night.  It’s definitely louder after the last chemo, but who’s to say if it’s a direct result of chemo or rad?  Perhaps both.

In any case, we need to monitor this (he says).  If this is still ringing next week, there is a good chance that I’ll skip the last chemo session.  Whoa.  Do I cheer the ringing or not?  For sure, I don’t want the last chemo session.  The doc says that with head/neck there are no clinical studies for two chemo sessions, only three.  However, he says, the success rate for two sessions is not appreciably less than three.  I’m guessing that means that they like to error on the conservative side of good records.  On the flip side, if the ringing persists, another chemo session could risk damage to the ears.  We’ll just see how it goes.

While there he did recommend that I get a flu vaccination.  I’ve never had one.  He convinces me saying that the downside of getting the flu with the immune system compromised are much greater than normal and that if I were to get the flu, it would be a nastier than normal.  So I rolled up my sleeve and the flu shot was a done deal.

On the throat front, there are new sores in the back of the throat.  And the adams apple feels like it has an additional lump, but I’m sure it’s just swollen from either the workout or the lack of workout.

In the meantime, I’ve still got to keep talking to a minimum.  I was on the phone the today for five minutes and had to excuse myself and hang up.  Burns to talk.

But all this is not complaining, only facts for the record.  The truth is, all I want to do is eat food.  Everything looks good.  GV gave me a half a cup of clear broth last night and I had to make faces to get it down.  Now that is a sky high p-factor.