Granddaughter Driving and Radiation Begins
Aug. 21, 2010 7:39 pm
Updated: Aug. 24, 2010 6:26 pm
This week, my 15 yoa granddaughter is with us. I think she is wanting to log some hours driving a car so that she can get her level 2 learners permit. I suspect I’ll be caving in for her. Her Nana has already caved in a few times. The little stinker pulled
a good one on me, too. (Making jokes at each others expense has been a long standing tradition in my family. It took my wife a couple of years to get used to the thought that our biting humor was OK.) I was driving with her and some friends and the topic of
new cars came up. I said I’m getting the itch to look at a new car. She jumped on that by saying to the friends, "If Grandpa gets a new car, I’ll get it as inheritance when he passes- in a few years." Now,
I understand the humor of what she said except for the "...in a few years". I wonder if she knows something I don’t. Hmmmm.
She did get to log some hours and time driving when we went to see our son in Columbus, Ohio. After we encountered four traffic jams and stop and go traffic each time on US23, her nerves became frazzled and she wanted somebody else to drive. A good call! I’m
proud of her for that!
Update:08/21/10. I began radiation, this week. Nothing remarkable about it. I get fastened to a table, I’m zapped a couple times and they send me home. I get to do that for six more weeks. I don’t have any special diet or regimen other than keeping my mouth
very clean. I have to floss, brush and rinse with mouthwash after meals and after each snack of solid food. At bedtime, I must vigorously rinse with mouthwash- food or no food.
After each treatment I am weighed, blood pressure and pulse taken. They want to know if I lose weight rapidly so they can alter treatment. I mentioned I was 20 - 30 pounds overweight. The nurse looked at me, pinched the gut fat, pinched the fat on my back below
the ribs and told me she thought my body fat seems less than normal for my age. I told her I had put the weight on quickly after I quit smoking last year and have been stable at this weight since February. She said something else might be going on and that
I should have a discussion with the doctor at my next treatment. Sure hope the explanation is simple and doesn’t require medical treatment. I have been unable to do much of anything since May and need to get stuff done and some of it
must be done before snow covers the ground. Hopefully, there is not a problem. (I’ll hold on to that thought.)