Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Things are Progessing Well

I went back to the doctor last week and the retainer which was wired into my mouth was removed.  Yeah!  That felt good.  I now have one that can be taken in and out to brush my teeth better and freshen up.  That feels wonderful.  I cannot, however, leave the retainer out.  I have to put it back in immediately after brushing my teeth because as the tumor site heals it shrinks.  So in about 2 months I will get yet another retainer which will be smaller.  I can then leave it out for awhile if I want.

I also find out next week whether or not I need radiation.  I guess the cancer got into the bone but when the surgeon removed the tumor he actually got all of it so the margins are zero.  There is a tumor board of about 20 doctors that meet and they were split 50/50 on whether I need the radiation so now I have to meet with a doctor next week to see what my options are.

Please send positive thoughts and prayers. 

Thank you, Chris

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Back at Home, but not Back in the Saddle

Part of my surgery went well and some not so well.  After 8 days in the hospital I am home mending.  I had a tumor removed from the roof of my mouth.  Therefore, as you can imagine, it is very hard to eat.  I am basically on a liquid diet.  I have some prosthetic wired into my mouth,  That comes out on 10/14.  Thank goodness.

I cannot use my left arm.  I have to keep it in a splint. I also have a skin graft on my left side that has to heal.  It is pretty slow going.  I'm just taking it a day at a time.  Prayers are always coveted.