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Journal entry by Doric Olson

Happy Friday! Another week of treatment in the books and I am now over 1/3 of the way done. Next week is another round of chemo and a whole bunch of medical appointments. Audiology to check for hearing loss. Oncology to see if any adjustments need to be made to my chemo treatment plan. The usual daily radiology visits. Lots of hydration.

Most of this week was adjusting to the loss of taste buds, increasing dry mouth, and learning to be more careful and intentional about swallowing. But, all things considered I'm doing well. Next week is when things are likely to start getting rougher, or so I'm told. 

I've been reading a lot. Mostly escapist sci-fi and the news. I'd expected to watch a lot of tv, and Ellie and I do watch in the evenings, but I mostly prefer the quiet of reading during the day. I'll be curious to see if my desire for quiet remains as treatment continues and the side effects get more intense. 

Time seems to flow quickly in the quiet. And I'm happy to have the time fly past these days. I'm really looking forward to being able to taste my food again. So I spend some of my quiet time thinking about what I want to eat first when my taste buds come back. Today I'm thinking either the schnitzel (and cake) from the German Diner or the chicken shahi korma from Curry Corner. Both are fantastic restaurants in the Olympia area. And a beer. I rarely drink but for some reason, I've been craving a beer. Funny how your desires work once you are told that you can't have something. After that, maybe a fancy dinner at Dockside Bistro to give my newly found taste buds a full workout.  I'm curious to see if my sense of taste changes. According to the doctor, it is unlikely that I will permanently lose it, but it is common for people who regain their taste buds to no longer like certain foods they used to enjoy while loving other foods they didn't used to like. Maybe I will start to like olives, but I doubt it. More adventures to come.

Cheers and be well!

-Doric
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