Yesterday as I was leaving the room where the big machine is that blasts me with rays designed to kill any sneaky cancer cells that might be lurking in my body, Zack said to me, “Tomorrow is your 15th treatment and that calls for a visit with the radiation oncology doctor.” Sure enough, after today’s treatment I was directed down the hall, and eventually taken to an exam room where a PA came in, introduced himself, and examined the skin on my chest wall where I had the mastectomy, and under my right arm where cancerous lymph nodes were removed.
“Your skin is perfect,” he said after a quick look. “What are you using?”
“100% Aloe Vera cream,” I told him.
“Well, I see absolutely no problems. We’ll check your radiation site again after your last treatment.”
I was happy for this great report, although not surprised, for it is evident that my skin is holding up very well against these powerful rays.
In the afternoon, I had a follow-up visit with my surgeon, Dr. Victor. When Marge, the very sweet nurse in that unit, checked my blood pressure, it measured 130/70. She turned and looked squarely in my face. “You look so good. You are doing exceptionally well.” When Dr. Victor came in, checked my site, and my other breast, he said, “Everything looks wonderful.”
We were all smiling. Jerry was with me, and for quite a time Dr. Victor lingered, talked of his family and the vacation they are planning to Newfoundland in the near future, of our common interest in photography, of the joys of family . . .
“I’ll be following you for 5 years,” he told me. “See you next in 3 or 4 months.”
What a good day this has been. Number 16 tomorrow.