Things are getting real now. You know... you reach a point when you see that it is not theoretical, but real: when you say, “This shit is really happening! To ME!!!”
A couple of after market modifications to my anatomy need to be completed before the cancer treatments can start. I need two access points added. The first has to do with keeping me alive while the radiation treatment progresses.
A feeding tube, aka a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) tube, will be added to my carcass. This will enable me to take in nutrition whenever swallowing food and drink becomes difficult and/or painful. The lower Saliva glands may stop functioning over the course of radiation treatment. These glands are located in the jaw area which is very close to the upper end of the area to be radiated. I could suffer along with either thickened saliva or reduced saliva production, possibly both. The end result will be greater difficulty in swallowing food and drink. The feeding tube will be in place just in case it becomes too painful to chew and swallow. The radiation team has a nutritional specialist that will help me and my Wendy figure it all out. The second access point will be used to disperse the chemotherapy.
Specifically, a Central Venous Catheter (CVC) will be installed in my chest. Think of this as a roided up and semi-permanent I.V. The chemo will be dispersed faster cuz it will enter the bloodstream via a large vein that goes directly to the heart. This single point of access has an even greater benefit.
Normal I.V.s are not a big deal when occasionally used. Once a week for seven weeks is more than occasional. Repeated sticks in an arm’s blood vein will become more difficult cuz the vein will eventually collapse from the abuse. The CVC creates a plug-and-play scenario for the chemo crew, making their jobs a lot easier while reducing the wear and tear on me.
These after-market mods need to be in place before treatments start. Both teams want to keep their feet on the gas pedals until they reach the end of their coordinated treatment plans. Every break in treatment gives criminal cancer cells a better chance of survival. That is contrary to mine and my Wendy’s desires. I’ll gladly add the mods to bring DEATH TO ALL CANCER CELLS!!!!
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Similar experiences? Please share them. I am still pretty ignorant about the whole thing as of today.