tolerating the treatment well

 

Lorikeet June 2014 - Pop Grunge 18

Just as the lorikeets are turning up every day in our garden, I’m plugging on with the radiation sessions. Yesterday at the half-way point, I had a consultation with the doctor.

“You are tolerating the treatment well”, she concluded. To clarify, she was talking about my skin not my attitude.  On most days it applies to that definition too.

tolerate - Google

The appointments so far this week have gone off routine a little.  On Monday, I saw a physiotherapist who checked my scars then asked me how I was going with my exercise plan. I looked her straight in the eye as I responded to her questions. I did.

As the physio appointment and the radiation session were an hour apart, I sat in the waiting room for longer than usual. There’s plenty to amuse those who sit and wait including magazines, puzzle books, jigsaw puzzles, a television and a kitchen where you can help yourself to juice, tea or coffee.

It was apparently gentlemen’s day and a few of the older fellows were finding common ground in their conversations. Two men with loud, resonant and good-humoured voices were comparing treatment and side-effect notes. I have to thank them for providing me and everyone else in the room with a comprehensive synthesis of prostate cancer and its impacts. I may never have known what I do now if not for their generous sharing of the minute details.

Yesterday I needed to assume the position for longer than usual as the marker pens were put to work again in preparation for the final four booster zaps which start at the end of next week.  Apparently the CT scan in the planning phase revealed the need for a slight adjustment to the target spot.

I am a canvas strewn with black and green lines.   Ommmmmmmm.

 

 

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kitchen therapy

The last three days have felt almost normal. I felt so well on Tuesday that I drove myself to the radiation session.

Yesterday I woke up motivated to get cooking. The nocturnal sessions are a bit tricky to work around dinner time. My self-appointed mission was to pre-prepare some evening sustenance.

I spent several hours in the kitchen creating a beef lasagne and a rhubarb and apple crumble.

Three bags of bargain-priced mushrooms needed attention to save them from unnecessary composting. Mr Google showed me how to dry them in a slow oven. It took a few hours but the warmth generated in the kitchen helped heat the room on a cold day.

In a week or so, the effects of the daily zaps will be producing some level of discomfort. So when motivation and energy align, there’s nothing for it but to grab and savour those moments.

Ordinary is the new happy.

Kitchen Wednesday