|The road goes ever on|
I've been back a couple of times to the hospital and my next set of check-ups is scheduled for February. Scans are good - no sign of recurrence - but of course there are some issues that I have to deal with after intense treatment like that. I had quite severe hearing loss on my right side, caused by fluid buildup in the middle ear - but I've now had a tiny drain inserted (like a kid with an ear infection might) and that is helping enormously. Perhaps related to that, I have been dealing with a recurrent sinus infection (antibiotics seem to have it under control). A longer-term issue is the loss of movement in the jaw muscles caused by surgical and radiation damage. I'm working with a physical therapist to increase flexibility here. I've been a regular visitor to the PT department over the years but this is the first time I am not there for a climbing injury!
So all in all the news is good. Thanks to all my friends who have sent their prayers and support over the last year's roller-coaster ride. I'll try to keep you updated. Hugs to all. Having cancer has definitely made me a huggier person (as one of my former graduate students was startled to discover recently!) Hug a friend today! (You can blame me if you like...)