I'm sorry for neglecting these updates. The Radiation Oncologist was right -- it did seem to get worse before it got better, and the getting better is slower than I'd like. But, I am getting better. Really.
So Wednesday I saw Dr. Birhiray, my primary Oncologist. It wasn't a significant appointment, as the results of the radiation are still unknown. Mostly it was just touching base, getting a new set of labs, and flushing the port again. Pretty quick, overall, except for the delays caused by their transition to a new system. It was the first day, and I was the first patient. EVERYONE was having trouble with the transition. If I'd been feeling more patient, it would have been quite funny.
The one interesting part of the appointment was when I commented that my asthma seems to have improved a great deal since radiation. Dr. Birhiray responded that perhaps it isn't really asthma. Maybe it was a symptom of the tumor! That would mean this has been growing incredibly slowly, as I first developed asthma in my early 30s! A very interesting thought.
After the appointment, I went in to the office for the first time in a LONG time. It was meeting day -- which comes once a month -- and also I have a good friend at the office whose last day is tomorrow. I really felt motivated to go in to see people. It was a good day, but I didn't make it to the end. I definitely have to rebuild my stamina, as well. I got back to the house around 4:30 and collapsed. I was still exhausted this morning.
So I need to keep pushing to build stamina and to get back to seeing people without falling asleep or killing my back/side/whatever is aching at the moment. So tomorrow I'm planning to go to Bloomington with my father to help celebrate my brother's step-daughter's graduation from college. She's really earned a celebration, and we both want to be part of it. Wish us luck!