On Monday, May 4th, 2015 I had another PET/CT scan for multiple reasons. One, my radiation therapy doctor wanted to see how I was doing, because if the cancer came back, now was the time to do something about it. I got the results on May 11th, and with one tiny exception I'm free of cancer. The exception is the salivary gland on the right side, which shows an abnormality. The sawbones thinks this is due to being bombarded with more radiation in 7 weeks than most folks see in a lifetime, and so is not worried. So neither am I.
I'm still recovering from the treatment. My sense of taste is about 75% normal. Beef, for instance, doesn't taste good to me. Ice cream doesn't taste like much of anything, and I can't taste the hot fudge on a sundae at all. I suffer from a lack of saliva (dry mouth), so bread or bread like products are inedible for me. This includes crackers, cookies, cake, pie or anything remotely similar. I couldn't choke down a saltine cracker to save my life, and pills are extremely difficult to swallow - although I've learned that taking pills with milk makes it easier.
I'm cold most of the time; it's hard to stay warm, even at 70 degrees. I suffer a nagging backache and general muscle aches that occasionally make me reach for the pain meds. And that's all the bad news.
The good news is that I can go out dancing with Main Lady, I can do housework and general housekeeping chores. I have a circle of friends that are glad I'm on the sunny side of the lawn, and I'm able to use my experience to give other people a little encouragement.
And that's the latest.