At the end of last year I bit my tongue. Not a big deal ‘cause everybody bites their tongue. But my bite didn’t want to heal so went to see the doc. He referred me another clinic, where they took a biopsy of the tongue. The results came back and I had cancer. They immediately scheduled me for surgery. The surgery went well and I came home with a partially sore tongue.
Between the initial tongue bite and following surgery it hurt terribly to eat so I didn’t eat very much. I ended up losing 40 pounds.
The docs decided that I should have radiation therapy with maybe chemo. My body couldn’t handle chemo so it was the radiation therapy for me. The docs told me my insurance would cover it all, (I have Medicare and a Medicare Advantage policy), and thankfully my insurance is covering it all.
So for the next six and a half weeks I went to the Oncology Center daily, except on weekends, to complete 33 sessions of radiation therapy. Was it hard – no, just had to lay there with a mask over my face for 15 – 20 minutes. The hardest part was that I had to find a ride for the next six weeks, daily. During this process I had a toe amputated on my right foot so I couldn’t drive. That’s another story.
Luckily I had a neighbor who would take my Wife and me, in my car to treatment. I also have a loving family. My two Daughters could take me to treatment on certain days, as could one of my Grandsons. My daughters would come to our apartment and help cook and clean for us. I didn’t mention that my Wife has low vision and has a hard time seeing to cook and clean. I can only hobble around behind my walker.
That’s all for now