She stepped back, smiled, folded her arms across her chest and said, "Ideal!" again.
"That is exactly what you should look like!" Dr. RO stated firmly, still grinning.
With that, my 3 month post-radiation exam was complete. We had waited over an hour, but the actual appointment lasted maybe 7 minutes. Dr. RO asked how I was doing and did a quick exam with a few questions. She noted that not only must I be doing massage (yes, on my boob, it's not that sexy, I assure you) and stretching, but that I was clearly using the Calendula lotion on a daily basis. She then checked my range of motion and noted that it was perfect and that I simply could not look any better. My appointment ended and the next evaluation was scheduled for 6 months in the future.
Maybe not the ideal way to spend a vacation day morning, but lazing the rest of the afternoon away at the pool with the Salty Dogs more than made up for it. Now I just need to gear up and do a whole week's worth of work on the house tomorrow before we depart to go back to Massachusetts, catch up with the kids and visit a bit more with friends and family and perhaps celebrate a certain upcoming event just a wee bit...