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A Bad Morning

By Gillian

We know that Chris will have good days and bad days, but on the whole things have been going OK for the past few weeks. So we were unprepared for this morning. He was very sick indeed on waking – threw up six times in two hours, and couldn’t keep anything down – not even water, let alone his anti-emetic pills. I phoned the 24hr chemotherapy helpline based at Cheltenham Oncology dept and discussed his symptoms with a specialist nurse there. She was of the opinion that he urgently needed a stronger anti-emetic, preferably by injection to get around the problem of immediately throwing it back up. She was very happy to give Chris the injection on the ward at Cheltenham, but that would have meant me driving all the way there down the motorway with him puking in the passenger seat! So we agreed to use that option as a fall-back, and see if our GP could help.

I phoned the GP’s surgery and explained the problem, and they were extremely helpful. They arranged to send one of the doctors out here on a home visit to give him the recommended injection. It was into the muscle and was rather painful, but seemed to have the desired effect.  What with that and the diazepam the GP prescribed to relax the spasms he was having in his neck and shoulder (giving him a stinking headache) he felt very sleepy and went back to bed for nearly four hours. So I was finally able to get into work just in time for lunch, and only half way through an important meeting with my main customer…….

The doctor also gave Chris a prescription for this new anti-emetic, cyclizine, in tablet form to try for the next few days (thanks Mel – you said this might happen). We’ll then have to discuss the anti-emetic regime yet again with the oncologist on Wednesday.

{ 8 } Comments

  1. David Allsopp | 15 February 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Sorry you’ve been having a rough time again – hope the new pills do the trick!

    Cheers,

    David.

  2. John | 16 February 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Chris,

    I’m sorry to hear that you had a bad day yesterday. I hope things pick up soon. On the subject of weight, I lost about 2.5 stones when I was in hospital with serious clinical depression about two years ago. My sister tried to cheer me up by saying how much fun it would be putting it back on again. She was absolutely right – more fun than I have ever known in that department. However, with my lifelong tendency to store it all up, I rapidly put weight back on, overshot the mark and, surprise surprise, am having to diet again. Ah well, it was great while it lasted.

    p.s. I have no idea why I lost so much weight at the time. I tried to eat normally and the hospital food was generally very stodgy. I’m sure my calorie intake wasn’t that bad so there is no doubt that our metabolism can be affected in numerous ways.

  3. icyjumbo | 16 February 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    John, I am having fun trying to put the weight back on again. I now (try to) eat dessert after both lunch and dinner, and I never worry about snacking on biscuits or sweets. Indeed, we have more of both in the larder than ever before. I don’t even have to worry about overshooting the mark, or if I do, it’ll be because the cancer will have gone into remission, which is a better outcome than the alternative!

    David, the new pills do work better for me. I shall, however, be having a long chat about nausea with the oncologist and symptom control specialist tomorrow. And eating more ginger 🙂

  4. Gillian | 16 February 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    The downside of having so many snacks lying around of course is that I feel obliged to eat them too out of solidarity and moral support! And I’m comfort-eating anyway at the moment, so even if Chris doesn’t put much weight on, I’m sure I will…..

  5. Frosty | 16 February 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Chris, trying to look for a potential upside…perhaps if you try loads of new foodstuffs you might find something that’ll stay down

  6. icyjumbo | 16 February 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Now that’s what I call a positive attitude!

    Actually, we’re pretty good at looking for recipes we’ve never cooked before. But your idea certainly adds incentive to the search.

  7. Joan Lock | 17 February 2010 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I lost 5 kilos in 2 and a half weeks when I was hospitalised with full thickness burns some years ago, even though I was eating big meals and lots of naughty stuff like chocolate, plus doing no exercise. I was told the body uses everything it has available (included stored materials) to try to repair damage, and that when I was better I would put the weight back on (which, unfortunately, I did).

    I have lost 8 kilos since I was diagnosed with the cancers. I think it is from the same cause as above, and in fact may be a good sign that the body is fighting hard. Weight loss is not a problem for me as yet – I can afford to lose plenty more.

  8. icyjumbo | 17 February 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    My weight seems to have stabilized now, but between diagnosis and now I have lost 2 stone, or about 12.5 kilos. I lost most of that in three weeks. I’m not overweight any more, but nor do I want to lose any more weight.

    My case is a bit different from yours. I had a long period when I was so nauseous and sick that I could barely face eating, and only had a small chance of keeping it down when I did. As I said to John, if I get to be fat again, that is because my cancer will have gone into remission: not a problem I shall mind having. 🙂