Monday, August 31, 2009

Sleepy Weekend

I spent another weekend sleeping. I don't know what it is about the weekends but I always seem to be more nauseous and sleepy than at other times. I feel as if I have literaly slept the last 48 hours away!!!
This is somewhat an exciting time for me, as weird as that may sound. It's like I can almost see the finish line in the radiation treatments!!!!! Just 8 more to go!!!! They have told me that the last five treatments will be what they refer to as a "Boost". They will concentrate all the radiation towards the initial cancer site, leaving out the neck and lymph nodes. I'm really not sure what side effect this will have on me. My skin on my neck, shoulder and face on the left side is breaking down. It is very red and fragile. It bleeds easily but doesn't hurt much, maybe due to the numbness I have experienced since the last surgery. I have constant nose bleeding and my mouth stays dryer than the mohave desert!!! Did you know they have such a thing as artificial saliva? It comes in two little vials I mix together and swish in my mouth for two minutes. At first it worked really well, now it lasts about ten or fifteen minutes. I have a whole regime of things to do. I rinse first with a mixture of salt and soda water, I then gargle a miracle mouthwash that numbs my mouth, (which makes it possible to take my meds and to eat), I then take my pain and naseous meds, then I swish the artificial saliva. I do this 7 or 8 times a day. I also have wonderful, but greasy, cream to put on my neck and chest for the burns.
I am still able to eat liquidy foods and ice cream although nothing tastes good. I have lost two more pounds making a total loss so far of around 33 pounds. I have told Wendell, when and if I am able to eat and taste normally again, I will weigh 600 pounds!!!!
My hair is still falling out, and is getting pretty sparse. Maybe I will get a good enough picture to post one here of my hair loss, I just haven't been able to pull off a good "Kodak Moment" yet!!!
Well, enough for now, it's nap time!!!


Teresa said...

Hey Debbie,
I'm glad the end of the treatments are getting near. I know you will be so glad to have that behind you! By the way, I have an extra 33 pounds just hanging around if you need them! ;)
I love you,

Pamela said...

So glad to hear that the treatments are closer to the end. I'm so thankful to our Lord he has pulled you through this far. I know his will will be done. Hang in there. Your turning the last corner. I hope the Lord gives you great strength this week through the treatments. God Bless and as always we are in continual pray for you and your family.

Bro. Ray, Pamela, Madison and Caleb Dunkley

Bro. Tim Ruppe, members

Scott and Kristan said...

Hey Ms. Debbie, it was good to see you post again. Been wondering about you. Bro. Jones gave us an update in Sat night prayer meeting. I know you feel like you're sleeping a lot, but at least if you're asleep, you're not feeling sick. :) I DO hope you have a really good week this week. We are praying for you and you are constantly on my mind. Love, Kristan

Karen Crabtree said...

Good to see you had written some today. I have been gone all day and just got on the computer to see if you were able to blog. I am so glad you did. I hope we have a good weekend camping. I am going to try to fix some meals you can eat. We don't want that feeding tube.
Take care,
Karen & family