Thanks, Kelli and Lori, for your supportive words. And Kelli, what a great idea you shared to bring music to the CK treatment. I'm sure I'll be nervous when the time comes. The music should be a big help in my staying calm.
I'm just beginning to develop my post-CK program, so it's bound to change a little. But here's my current thinking:
Foods that are nerve tonics:
raw garlic (raises the respiration rate of cells, thereby increasing oxygen which encourages the regrowth of nerve tissue).
leafy green vegetables (high in vitamin A, indicated in some studies as being beneficial to hearing)
salmon and trout (rich in B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, both nourishing to the central nervous system)
Brewer's yeast (rich in B complex)
Supplements that tone the nervous sytem:
calcium (take with magnesium to enhance absorption)
To try and prevent tumor swelling, I plan to continue taking Wobenzym or Flavenzym; these are different brand names for exactly the same formula of systemic enzymes (bromelain, papain, etc.) that have been shown to reduce inflammation.
I will also take daily an anti-inflammatory herb formula which will likely consist of turmeric, burdock root, licorice root and ginseng root. Licorice root is a natural source of adrenocorticotropic hormones; that is, it is somewhat similar in action (though much milder and less effective) to Decadron. To be sure, if my tumor swells and my doctor advises I take Decadron, I will. But the licorice root -- along with the other herbs -- will hopefully have enough of a prophylactic effect that I won't need to take the Decadron. The "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" philosophy.
Willow bark (from which aspirin is made) is an effective anti-inflammatory herb that would probably make a fine addition to the formula mentioned above, but my stomach is sensitive to the salicylic acid content, so I don't have much experience with that herb.
That's my two cents...
Best wishes to all,