While the nurses and doctors are wonderful people and I have had nothing but positive interactions, I’m glad I’m home instead of there. I’m running a regular pharmacy on my dining room table: a muscle relaxer, really good pain killers, a steroid, an antacid, a stool softener and, in case the latter works too well, I have imodium, too.
I was skeptical about the amount of relief I would get with the radiation treatments, but I can happily admit I was wrong. With only two treatments, my consistent pain is down to a 1 or 2, and my peak pain is maybe a 4. Sure, that’s in conjunction with oxy and vicodin and cyclobenzaprine, but I’m now tremendously more optimistic. For the first time in a month, I slept through the entire night – 11:30 to 8:00! I was stiff and achy when I got up, but I was able to get up. I don’t plan on trying to sleep in a bed again until I finish another week of radiation, though.
I did not go to my oldest son’s football game today, nor will I go to their lacrosse tournament tomorrow. I’m disappointed and being home alone will be very lonely, but I’d rather miss a few things and get better than re-injure myself and miss even more.
I start more radiation Tuesday and have my next ipilimumab scheduled for the end of the month, so I’m doing pretty good. It’s always good to end the week on a high note!