Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Grandma K - the roller coaster! Thrills of a lifetime

This roller coaster called cancer treatments that I have been riding is exhausting! I have just come from the lowest point of the ride and am cresting a high hill. Things are going so much better now.

I have three more radiation treatments. My skin is almost healed from the past treatments. I still have one fairly bad lesion on my neck that requires treatment with the cream, but the underarm is completely dry. That in itself is good news.

To get said underarm healed required almost the entire tube of silvadine cream. Since I am still working with the 2 x 1/2 inch lesion on my neck is going to require more of the blessed cream. I filled the prescription on September 4. I called it in two nights ago. My prescription insurance denied the refill!

I was able to keep my panic to a minimun. Surely they could tell by my other prescriptions I am a cancer patient and I must have a good reason for needing the ultimate lesion cream. Good grief people, I GLOW in the dark after all! I called last night to check on the progress. They have relented. I get more cream to soothe this little bugger that's left. Now if only the new area that is being blasted doesn't begin to drip off of my body I will be doing just fine, thank you very much. I may not even need that whole tube!

After two and a half months, the steriods seem to be leaving my body. Almost since I began chemo, I was eating like a bird. (You do know they require LOTS of food, right) Simone needed to either keep moving or stay in her crate because if she got too still . . .

My appetite is under control again. I was beginning to wonder. I was the one who went into chemo with the attitude of perhaps dropping a few. It was certainly one way to deal with what was going to happen. I mean if you HAVE to be poisoned, it may as well have some good effects.

I was so wrong. I gained about 30 pounds. The little Indian radiation oncologist said it would change, but I thought she doesn't know my body. It loves to hold on to pounds like gold. But she was right. I may be able to drop all that.

I hope this crest of the hill doesn't drop again into a plunge. I hope I am really "pulling into the station" and this ride of treatments is really coming to an end, and I can take on the role of cancer survivor.


Marsha said...

Hi, I found you through Busy Mom. Glad to hear you were able to get the cream paid for by the insurance company. Nice to meet you, Friday is almost here.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Well, if you don't use the whole tube, be sure to send the remainder to the insurance company. They keep track of things like this, you know.

Very good news to read of your recovery, Gramma. It's the kind of feel-good story everybody likes to read.

Grandma K said...

Thanks for the comments! The funny thing about the cream is I'm not sure I will need it now!! My burns are healing really quite nicely.

Again, thanks for stopping by!

LeeAnn said...

One more day and then it's party time. Keep the cream and continue to use it until you have completely healed.

Cheryl said...

I agree with Leeann about the cream. Keeps the skin soft and supple..Radiation doesn't stop radiating that quickly..Congrats to you..Live love and laugh :D