Just as Rambo’s commander told him in First Blood: “It’s over!”
Radiation is over! Monday was the last day. I was planning on writing an update Tuesday afternoon but when I got home from yet ANOTHER MRI of my left foot I was so wiped out I was asleep on the couch from noon til about 5PM! (After 5 weeks of radiation every day I felt the need to go to a doctor’s office and lie still on a hard surface for 15 minutes while staring at the ceiling listening to medical equipment making buzzing noises!) Maybe all the radiation effects finally kicked in at the end? Maybe it was a relief to finally be done with that trip every day? C: All of the above? Either way I was beat and didn’t even have the energy to get off the couch all day. On the good news side of things I got this great diploma I would rather not have:
It was nice of them to give this to me for “graduating” from Radiation University. Now its on to my P.H.D. in beating cancer. The 5 weeks seemed to go by pretty quickly. Its the next 5 weeks that have got my mind racing again. With last week’s trip to Manhattan to meet with Dr. Healy I also got the full schedule for April. The first appointment comes April 3rd. I will be going in to get an MRI of the knee to check on effects of the radiation and have the pre-op physical. Then on April 4th I will return to meet with the plastic surgeon. The BIG DAY is April 26th – I start my extended stay at the Upper East side’s luxurious Memorial Sloan Kettering Hotel and Torcher Chamber. There is a whole lot more to having this tumor removed than I thought. They aren’t just slicing open a little part of the knee, cutting it out and sewing me up. They will be removing the tumor and much of the skin around it including some muscle (and whatever else is in there) which will require skin grafts from either my lower leg or back. Some muscle will also be needed to be filled in around the area because the whole thing is right next to the knee joint that needs to be protected by muscle that they will be removing. He tells me he’ll be “moving” the peroneal nerve also. I don’t claim to know what exactly they’ll be doing. All I know is its gonna suck! 7-10 days in a hospital bed for recovery from the surgery alone! The first few days will be pretty miserable just sitting there with the leg elevated not being mobile at all. Hopefully they have good wi-fi because I just got myself the New Ipad. (So far it’s pretty cool. My first Apple Product, oh no!!!) So, the mind races towards April 26th..the new countdown begins just as the old one ended.
Easier said than done…There is an old saying that I dont know the origin of but it says:
“If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back”
I used to think about that a lot with many of life’s challenges and problems. It always brought a great sense of relief and calmness to whatever issue I was worried about at the time. Anyone want to take me up on that little game now?
At least I feel like I can see the light at the end of this tunnel for the knee…let’s just hope its not a train 😉 While I was on a roll here I was going to tell you the joke about the broken pencil. Never Mind. It’s Pointless.