Our weekly visit with Dr. P. went well with lots of smiles and thumbs up!
All vitals were good with B/P 145/78 being the lowest it’s been since we started.
Many people suffer from ‘white coat syndrome’ - feeling of anxiety that elevates their blood pressure in a doctor’s office or hospital setting.
The nutritionist seemed pleased and not concerned about any weight loss (8 lbs. in total) One of the biggest fears that we’ve had up until this point was the possibility of a feeding tube that many patients have as a last resort. The Cowboy especially didn’t want to have to go through that procedure and the complications that could result. I agreed but I am also of the opinion that whatever he needs to get the nutrition that his body needs should not be overlooked. At first I thought that it was his male ego getting in the way but male or female I can understand the rationale behind the thinking. Now that he has come this far we doubt that will even be considered – nor would we agree to it.
Another side effect that we were cautioned about was - His saliva has become very thick and sticky and while the old standby of salt/baking soda swishes help, he’s also been taking Robitussin DM that assists in thinning and breaking it up. He continues to sleep a lot and is comfortable sleeping sitting up with a bunch of pillows behind him to help prevent the mucous from choking him.
His voice is still a strained whisper and we’re not sure at this point what the final result will be. His voice box will remain intact but the muscles around it may be affected to some extent from the radiation. The experts here have been telling him that if he is faithful and does his exercises he will be back to singing just like Johnny Cash.
We are counting down in the single digits now. Last chemo treatment is Tuesday and radiation will be over on Thursday. We’ve been warned that just because the treatments will be over doesn’t mean that the side effects will immediately go away so we know we still have a ways to go.
Thank You for joining us and all of your wonderful support with love and prayers. We are truly blessed and extremely grateful.