My yearly cancer check-up was this Sunday, it was an overflow clinic hence the weekend. I saw Mr Fasemade who’s the boss man – i.e the new Mr Moss.
SOOO, where do I start, I have been aware of a white patch on my tongue for a while, it’s not sore or gross looking. It’s a indent with a white colour. Also, I have had a funny feeling when I swallow recently – I kind of feels like one part of the throat is narrower so it feels like I’m swallowing a big lump of food and more recently as if I’m swallowing liquid.
Now this “symptom” didn’t worry me at all – I just thought it was good old radiotherapy causing the tissues to tighten up or maybe even that it was in my head. I was ramping up towards my yearly check-up so maybe it was in my head – which is why I hadn’t told anyone other than G a few days before the appointment.
So, I go in and as always I notice MR F’s huge hands …. seriously every time I see him this is my first thought… anyway we have the usual hellos and how are yous.
Then it’s time for business. The last time I saw him he said I needed a tooth extraction (side note, radiotherapy demolishes your teeth and makes removal complicated). For this to happen Mr F insists patients have 6 weeks of what he calls triple therapy, which is an antibiotic, a med which helps small vessels have good blood flow and a very high dose Vitamin E (all from memory so apologies if I’ve messed up).
Anyways I was put on this triple therapy and it made me sooo sick, I was vomiting 5 or 6 times every day and felt dreadful, I managed 3 weeks and said NO enough is enough, and essentially cancelled the extraction (this could have gone tits up but I think I got away with it).
Mr F then spends what feels like forever explaining that removing a tooth can lead to osteo-radio-necrosis i.e jaw bone death – and that he would need to use my rib or a bone from my lower leg to make me a new jaw as the infection would eat away at the bones of my jaw …. nice huh ??!?
I then tell him I have this white patch and that I have ruled out thrush (something people who have RT get lots of) and that I’ve even tried to scratch it off and it has not worked and I want him to look. So he does and sees what I mean straight away and he says “it could be a sharp bit of tooth” and shoves a gloved hand into my mouth, feeling for sharp edges, which he doesn’t find. I say I’m not happy about it and I’m actually quite worried about what this could be. He is very calm and says that we don’t want to jump the gun but he agrees that perhaps we should take a closer look and have a biopsy – he starts filling out a medical photography form, apparently, we need a before shot.
As he’s doing this I say “there is this one little thing….. ” and I explain about the throat…. He immediately says, OK we need that scanned – let put it as urgent – and I notice lots of glances between Mr F and the Nurse who was also in the room. He seems much more worried about the throat symptom than the tongue. I’m told I will be contacted and off I go…
I cannot help but go there, and I have moments where my mind takes me to places I NEVER want to go:
- 6 months down the line I’m on chemo… as I can’t have more radiotherapy to that area
- Surgery .. there’s not much tongue to take – what will I be left with – if any – will I be able to talk – will I lose the tip of my tongue this time. Christ could I lose the whole thing?
- Maybe I cannot take the treatment? Let’s face it I’ve got shitty health and it was so very hard last time – on the whole family …..
Now these are my split-second thoughts so no-one jump the gun, but you really can’t help going there when you have a history like this and TWO potential issues… what will be will be? I’m not letting it control me or take over and they are just passing thoughts/worries.
Now a few days later I have my letters for my dates I have my MRI on the 29 Jan and my Biopsy 23 Feb !!!!!!—- I have already called and asked for it to be sooner but was told it was the soonest they had – so I have said that I will take a cancellation appointment and I can be there in 14 minutes.
So now the waiting game…..
** surgery .. theres not much tongue to take – what willi be left with – if any – will i talk – will i loose the tip of my tongue this time – –christ could i loose the whole thing
Maybe i cannot take the treatment ? lets face it ive got shitty health and it was so very hard last time – on the whole family …..
Now these are my split second thoughts so no-one jump the gun, but you really cant help going there when you have a history like this and TWO potential issues… what will be will be. Im not letting it control me ot take over they are just passing thoughts/worries.
I have my letters for my dates
MRI on the 29th Jan
Biopsy 23 Feb —- i have already called and asked for it to be sooner but was told it was the soonest they had – so i have said that i will take a cancellation appointment and i can be there in 14 minutes.
so now the waiting game