3 months since treatment ended – and enjoying the summer vacation.

I just came back for a 14 days vacation in Albania, which was really nice. We traveled around the country and did a lot of hiking, besides bathing, watching pretty monuments and eating great food.

I was quite unsure how i would handle the vacation, would i be tired all the time?, would i be able to eat the local food?- but everything worked out much better than expected. While my physical condition in terms of running is still not very good, the hiking in Albania went without any problems despite heat and uneven surface.

My tastebuds are now very much back to almost normal, it is very difficult for me to identify whether the taste still has been reduced a little compared to before, but everything tastes almost as it should.

The challenge with dry food is also much better, even pizza with a lot of fill on goes down without any problems, but i still need water to support the swallowing.

Chocolate and dry bread is still not so pleasant, but compared to just one month ago, i do not sense in the same way that something is not right.

I tried wine, it is manageable , but the alcohol is burning the throat, which is not very pleasant, beer is much better.

I had a sore throat during the vacation, which is not nice feeling, when you recently had the throat ares blasted with radiation. All my sensors worked overtime and I worried a little whether it was getting back, but everything went within a few days back to normal.

My next check is in September, i will write a status , but everything is going very fine and i feel now like my life can return to normal.

Week 16 – First week after treatment

  • Weeks after treatment            1
  • Pain                    6/10
  • Mood                 7/10
  • Energy               4/10
  • Side effects     9/10

The doctors told me that the 2 weeks after treatment could be the worst due to the cumulative effects of the radiation. This is not this case for me , it is not better than last week but not worse, perhaps i am a little more tired. The pain from the burns on the neck is noticeable but not that bad, probably due to the morphine. The phlegm is just as annoying as before.

I can do quite a little, go / ride a ride a day, but when time approaches 19 PM, ,my reverse edition of Dracula very quickly goes back into his coffin 🙂
I am reluctantly looking to see the first small cracks of improvement, hopefully they will arrive in the next week.