And what has arguably been a stellar performance beating the odds on the nasty side effects that come along with my treatments seem to be coming to an end. Today was only the start of the 3rd week of radiation therapy. or my 11th treatment (of 38) and I'm not very encouraged right now as this time, the side effects have begun to raise their ugly heads. The Doc told me "you may begin to have some complications due to the side effects after about two weeks of treatment." Well as advertised, in the last 72 hours thing have deteriorated rapidly. I noticed in the early part of last week that food was loosing it's luster but that was about it. I even sailed on Prima for Friday night races and felt fine. Shortly after we docked though I started to not feel so good and headed home. I picked up some Chinese soup for dinner but was barely able to put it down as my mouth was so sore and my tongue has swollen up like a prickly pear. And as far as flavor......HA!........NONE! Everything either tastes terrible and metallic or like sawdust. I can't even decipher the sweetness in Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch and that is usually sickly sweet. More of the same throughout the weekend although I did get out with the Mom's yesterday for a nice Mother's Day Brunch-for them, and day at the beach but not much relief to be found with my second day off treatments.
Today, we are back on the zapper and I am concerned as to how fast my condition has changed. I'm not even 1/3rd of the way through this and already having these types of difficulties so wonder how much worse I will be able to deal with. We'll just have to see what I can do to put food down as now cuisine and "lunch' or "dinner' are out the door for a while and need to focus on items that give me nutrients that I can actually consume as to not loose too much weight and strength-a bit of a challenge when water can be difficult-UUGGHHH