A few weeks ago, I stopped taking Nick’s word about his weight and insisted on seeing him on the scale myself. That’s how I knew he had gained one pound after one week and seven more ounces after the second. Weigh-ins are on Sundays. This past Sunday, he had lost nearly a pound. We both had visions of a feeding tube. After Sunday’s weigh-in and throughout the day, Nick ate scrambled eggs, cantaloupe, ravioli with homemade Bolognese sauce with extra cream, yogurt with 2% fat ( rather than 0% fat, not easy to find), homemade cream of shrimp soup with extra cream, and a few bites of rotisserie chicken. On Monday morning he had regained the weight. Whew!
On Tuesday August 19, Nick saw Dr. H, the ENT surgeon who did his biopsy. Dr. H was very pleased with Nick’s progress and said he looked great after all he had been through! He said Nick’s tongue is symmetrical, which is important for an eventual complete recovery. Nick described various side effects that he is still experiencing, and Dr. H. said they could continue for six more weeks or longer. The doctor may have to “go back in” because of the edges of the incision. Surgeons often do this; mine did twenty-five years ago, because as I was told then, cancers often hide in scar tissue. He won’t make his decision about doing that for at least two months.
Nick now has a second part time job! He is very pleased to be working with his friend Jim and another media instructor at Staples High School, teaching them how to use Final Cut Pro, about which he has written an app.
Many of you have said very kind things both in person and by replying to this blog about the care I give to Nick, for which I thank you most sincerely. Many things kept me at my self-appointed task of aiding his recovery. I understand the chemo and radiation experience, having been there and done that. Also, every day I focused on what the doctors told us at the beginning: his chances of complete survival are very high. Blessed are those who care for loved ones whose prognosis is not positive. I can count several among my friends and family.
Dr. H. gave Nick an assignment: he must eat and gain weight. Although eating is still not easy, Nick has his sense of smell and taste is returning. I find him wandering into the kitchen when I’m cooking, smelling the food and saying that he is hungry. I’m using this technique to help him fulfill his assignment!