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A rather grotty day

By Gillian

Thanks to everyone who has commented here or spoken to me at work to hope that Chris will start feeling less grotty soon. We hope so too. He has been feeling sick pretty much all the time for the past week, and his anti-emetic drugs really aren’t working any more. He’s really struggling to keep food down at the moment – it keeps bouncing. And worse, he’s feeling too grotty to cook, so I’m back on kitchen duty which isn’t going to do his appetite much good.

The palliative care nurse phoned first thing this morning too see how Chris was doing. She then phoned back shortly afterward to say that she’d just spoken to our GP practice and asked them to prescribe yet another anti-emetic for Chris to try. She also confirmed that she’d booked us an appointment with the excellent palliative care consultant on Wednesday afternoon, shortly before we see the consultant oncologist.

Chris was due to go to the GP’s surgery this morning to have some blood tests done prior to the consultations tomorrow, so it was very convenient to pick up the new prescription at the same time. However, I was not convinced that he was safe to drive himself there – he was in quite a bad way, lying on the sofa half-asleep (he got hardly any sleep last night through a combination of nausea, a painful back, and – a new one today – sciatic pain). So I had to phone work and arrange at no notice to take the morning off on leave. Fortunately they are very understanding, and at least I had no meetings this morning.

That wasn’t the end of the saga though. We picked up the new prescription for the fifth (at least!) anti-emetic medicine that he’s been on, and took it over the road to the pharmacy. We’re both on first name terms with the pharmacist by now! He looked puzzled then concerned that not only did he not have the prescribed dose in stock, but he couldn’t even find it on the computer or in the BNF (the pharmacists’ “bible”). A few phone calls later he had established that it is an unlicensed dosage, available on a named-patient-only basis, but that one of his suppliers had some in stock and would courier it over for tomorrow. So it’s a bit disappointing that Chris can’t try it out tonight, but I’m impressed at the efforts the pharmacist has taken to track some down and get it too us as soon as possible.

{ 6 } Comments

  1. Richard P | 20 July 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Dear G & C,
    We’re sorry to hear that the last week has been tough, and very much hope that the new medication and tomorrow’s consultations will get things under control quickly.
    As ever, please let us know if we can help in any way, even if it’s only to share the kitchen duties occasionally. (I can still just about remember how to boil water, volatile solvents, etc.)

  2. icyjumbo | 21 July 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    R&F, thank you very much. You know that we’d be delighted to call for your help when we need it.

  3. Paul Ducksbury | 21 July 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear whats going on, hope they can sort something out.

    Does make you wonder though. There was a lot of Americans (I know some !) using the NHS as examples of why they shouldn’t have a social healthcare system and protesting about their healthcare reforms. I know which system i’d prefer.

  4. icyjumbo | 21 July 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Paul, you’re absolutely right. The NHS medical staff have been fantastic. It’s foolish to criticize them.

  5. Sam Carrington | 21 July 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Hate to ask the question, but are you sure it isn’t Gillian’s cooking making Chris feel sick? Just thought I would put that out there
    Sam x

  6. icyjumbo | 21 July 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Ouch Sam! I’m positive that it’s not Gillian’s cooking. I feel sick all day, not just before and after she cooks. (Gosh, you are brave for making that comment! Good luck tomorrow…)