It has been four weeks since I’ve seen Dr. Barbara, my oncologist. As my recovery continues to progress smoothly, the appointments will be scheduled further apart.
Swallowing is more difficult in the mornings and seem to accompany the dry mouth I’m also experiencing when I first wake up. The radiation treatments have damaged some of my saliva glands so I’m not getting adequate saliva production. The doctor recommended several things – use a humidifier while I sleep; make sure I’m doing the exercises for my mouth, throat and neck; and drink lots of water.
Also on today’s agenda – dental care! Because of the reduced saliva in my mouth, I need to brush my teeth 2-3 times during the day plus brush with prescription fluoride toothpaste before bed. Also, time for another visit to the dentist, which are now needed every six months.
Overall, the doctor is very pleased with the progress of my recovery.