I’m starting to feel it.
By the middle of the second week, it started. A little constipation here, some fatigue there, hunger w/ a concurrent cannonball in my stomach, a scaly roof of my mouth, the sunburnt neck, etc. And I weigh 161 lbs. today.
After my plank time, I went over to the radiation clinic side and asked to speak to my Dr. (Steve Lee). He and most of the Dr’s were in Miami for some radiation conference, however his resident was there to see me. Dr. Lee and me are very lucky to have such a thorough, precise, and helpful resident physician; Julie Kang, M.D.
The takeaway? “We’re harming you, but it will pass someday.” In particular, she gave me a prescription for a mix of Lidocaine, Maalox, and Benadryl liquid that I may drink right before eating whenever it becomes painful to swallow. And, of course, I should now commence w/ baking soda gargles in order to help moisturize (a little) my mouth as time goes by.
And, about that constipation and weight loss? Just eat more. Forget all your healthy diet crap. Have a bowl of ice cream w/ chocolate-dipped Oreos that are deep fat-fried. W/ sugar on top.
She spelled it out: C A L O R I E S.
I told her I will not eat junk. But I do believe that there is a large supply of good, quality calories out there. Been to Whole Paycheck lately?
So my hair is still in place. I get tired more; yesterday I laid down on the couch for 5 minutes and woke up about 4 hours later.
I took my iPod in to the dungeon today so that they could play some of my music (no to Elton John!). On 6/26/94 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas I had no idea that the Grateful Dead show I was attending would be the accompanying music to the clicks, clacks, and high-pitched BUZZ of a machine shooting radiation into my head. Funny how things work.