Subject: Jen wellness update #29 (31Aug00) Phase II
Well, it's been a long time coming, but Phase II is here. Jen's gastro-tube has been behaving itself over the past few days, and she even had a good appointment with Dr. Peg (back from his course).
I've just finished cutting Jen's hypnosis tapes to a CD (she's worried that she'll wear the tape out!) and she's psyched up to start radiation and chemotherapy in the morning (and I mean *morning* - 7:15 sharp!)
Jen received a surprise call this evening from a young woman who had tongue cancer 3 years ago. Jen was cheered to speak to someone who is a survivor. Jen said "She speaks better than you, and goes white water rafting".
I've not yet seen the radiation facility but it sounds fascinating; a queer and frightening mixture of high tech lasers and mediaeval equipment. She has to be precisely positioned on a table (hence the lasers) and her head goes into a clamp, with most of her face covered by a mask. For thirty minutes she can't move, and can hardly swallow because of a clamp in her mouth.
Brother Robert is here, and although we can't be with Jen whilst the treatment is administered, but we can see her through a window, and there's a sound system for her relaxation recording.
And Jen will do this 40 times over the next two months.
Next, straight to Chemotherapy. A six hour course of drugs administered at a doctor's office. The chemo will only happen three times. We're all trying to prepare for unforeseen consequences - everything else so far hasn't been quite as predicted...
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