Oh The Nausea #17

At the beginning of the week I planned on being in the office everyday. I miss work. I miss my team. I love what I do, where I work and adore who I work with every day.

Monday morning came and while I was putting my makeup on a wave of nausea hit me and I immediately started dry heaving (aka retching). This lasted approximately 30 minutes and I had to call in sick. I was in bed all day, mostly sleeping.

I was gonna try this again Tuesday morning except around 4:30 in the morning nausea woke me up and again I was retching for what seemed like 45 minutes. I crawl back to bed and call into the office falling back to sleep.

Now remember, I am waking myself up in the middle of the night to take a Compazine, that pick me up nausea med between my Zofran. Clearly it’s not working!! So I decided to stop the middle of the night nausea med thinking it might actually be causing my nausea and retching instead of preventing it.

Wednesday started off a bad day but ended on a fun note! My theory of the middle of the night nausea med causing my nausea was inconclusive as I woke up with intense nausea and retching. I fell asleep on the bathroom floor. Between the retching for days and falling aleep on the floor my newly sewn ribs were quite sore. I slept until 11:00 and when I woke up I called The Blood Guy’s office to talk with one of the nurses. By the end of the conversation we decided to increase my Zofran to every 8 hours instead of every 12 hours and continue with the Compazine pick-me up. I’m still taking my chemo all of these days just dealing with nausea so I hope this works!

Wednesday night Hunsberger picked me up and we went to Shauna’s house. I watched them drink wine while I had cranberry juice in my wine glass (at least it’s red!) We BBQ’ed and laughed at Shauna shaving her heels!

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Nope, it didn’t work and I’m really getting tired of this! Thursday morning, again, nausea and retching but I will say for not as long. And if I had to choose, dry heaves are MUCH better than actually vomiting. I’m home again on Thursday and pay a visit to The Blood Guys office to pick up some paperwork. Dr Reddy sees me and asks if I can wait so we can talk. He sets up a quicky appointment for me with Elizabeth Kang- PAC. She is affectionatley called The Lizard, not just by me but the clinical staff she works with too! HAHAHA!

I meet with The Lizard and she’s very nice. During our conversation we discover that most of my small meals  include some kind of dairy product and I explained that that seems to calm my stomach down and it hits me DING! DING! DING!  I need to start taking a heartburn pill! It has been very difficult to eat when your tummy is upset but I have managed with small bites throughout the day and I have been so focused on taking my chemo and stopping the nausea and retching that it never occured to me that a heartburn pill might help. So, I’ve added a Zantac at night and then a Prilosec in the morning. And he wants me to stop taking my chemo starting on Friday! 🙂

So I woke up this morning with minimal nausea and no retching. Yaay! I did decide to stay home again as my newly sewn ribs are still quite sore. I hope the heartburn pills are the key and I’m looking forward to a few days off the chemo!

 

 

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