Moving forward

Last week was a great week.  I visited my doctors and they all had good news which I will share with you all soon.  I am excited because mostly my life is returning to a new normal and soon I will enjoy the activities that I used to enjoy like exercising, cooking and working on my yard.  And in all that mess I plan to go back to work!  If there is one thing I learned from all this so far, it is to cherish those who appreciate you.  So what did the doctors say!?

So I saw my throat doctor first, the one who put in the trach in my throat so I can breathe better in case the cancer blocked my airway.  He explains everything in detail to ensure I understand what is going on.  He took a look at the whole in my throat and said it is closing up fine.  Currently, it’s the size of a q-tip.  It is amazing how the body heals itself.  I expect it to close in a week or so.  He also put down a microscope down my throat to see how everything is going.  He says it looks fine and that my body is healing on time.

I then saw my radiologist doctor who examined the damaged that going thru radiology does.  He told me that the hair in the back of my lower neck will grow back eventually which is a concern for me.  I really don’t want to have a high and tight for the rest of my life.  I am enjoying longer hair in my post military retirement.  He noticed that my facial hair is growing back just fine now.  His concern is with hearing in my left ear which is still muffled.  He told me that it is a 50-50 that it will return back to normal hearing.  He also mentioned that eventually my saliva will come back but that I will probably have to have a water source always with me for those times my mouth becomes dry.   But overall, he told me that I am doing well for going thru the treatment and that I should have no problems with recovering overall.

I then saw my speech pathologist who is teaching me how to eat again.  This visit was more on my lymphatic system and how to manually drain my lymph nodes when they collect.  And yes, my throat lymph nodes are out of whack, especially my left side.  So over the course of the day they fill up with fluid.  My doctor taught me how to manipulate my lymphatic system so that I can drain them manually until they are completely healed or to a point where I just do it every day.  So yes, I noticed my neck area gets filled with fluid and it looks like I have a turkey neck.  And every night, for about 20 minutes, I manipulate my lymphatic system and wake up with a normal neck.  I am beyond words to express how amazing the human body works.

Finally, my weight is up to 171 pounds.  That may not be a lot but I dropped down to 161 pounds all the way from 205.  Yes, that is a lot of weight loss in such a short period of time.  I hovered around the 166 to 168 pounds for about 2 months and just recently broke 170 pounds.  Primarily, I am eating my foods puree which caused the weight gain.  I was told that when I eat, yes there will be pain, but to bear thru it.  I guess that old adage is true, no pain no gain!

Again, thank you all for your kind thoughts, prayers, and good vibes.  God bless each and everyone of you all for your support.

Author: danielgarcia3

Retired Military Officer who is now fighting the good fight against Cancer

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