Well, we’ve made it. Sort of.
We’ve reached the first finish line. There will be other finish lines, for sure. But this is the first, and it was an emotional one to cross.
Today was DorkyDad’s final radiation treatment.
Session 35 of 35, every single one hard earned, every coloured box on the countdown chart crossed off.
We have been warned that the next fortnight can be the trickiest part of the whole thing.
DorkyDad’s body will continue to respond as though it is being treated for another couple of weeks, and the side effects will continue to worsen during that time, but the structure of daily appointments will be gone. No nurses to keep an eye on him, no GP on site, no regular weigh-ins. (We don’t even own a set of scales at home.)
Now more than ever we have to be vigilant about hydration, about pain management, about skincare.
But with all those caveats, for now, he is done. Continue reading