Thanks Doctor, Pauline & Pikeman for your concern.
I've been very tired since radiotherapy which is why I've not felt up to typing a message until now.
Six weeks of rad. on lower mandible - left, right and centre - plus 2.5 weeks at home now. All the expected side effects gradually started to kick in after week 2 - ulcers, sore mouth, burning tongue and lips, neck tightness, loss of saliva and taste buds. My face was also very red and flaking (though not as bad as yours Pauline)but almost back to normal now. After two weeks post rad. things started to ease up and I am happy to say I am now off pain killers. The Doctors and radiologists were very good making sure I had all the medication I needed, including morphine which helped enormously and made it all bearable. All in all, it was no worse than expected and will be worth it in the end just to get rid of (hopefully)the remaining cancer cells.
I must admit I have felt pretty low at times but, to be honest, that has more to do with a couple of problems unrelated to radiation i.e. my operation in June was removal of lower central mandible and replace with bone graft and flap from hip. Unfortunately, the bone graft site has ruptured leaving me with a very large hernia which can't be operated on until April (Surgeon said too risky after radiotherapy). It's very uncomfortable (heavy) and has been bothering me more than any side effect of rad. Can't walk or stand up for long. Also, I had severe constipation last week because I couldn't get any fruit down me (too painful from the acid). Have now discovered pears go down well. So in a way, although not pleasant, most of the rad side effects have been bearable, knowing it would only be for a few weeks. Fortisip, Build-up, and porridge is about all I can manage to get down me so have lost weight. Trying hard to keep my calories high but it's really hard when I'm never hungry and everything is so tastless and gluey. Does anyone know how long it takes for the appetite and taste buds to return.
I saw the Doctor yesterday because I am so breathless and had a blood test; hope it's just anaemia which can be treated easily.
That's about it. Now I'm back in the swing of things a bit more I'll keep you posted and hope to read how things are with you all too.
You are all in my thoughts.