Monday turned into the day from hell. I came home from work early because I just didn’t feel well. I was beyond exhausted. After a few hours of trying to sleep I began to feel nauseated. That quickly turned into me throwing up before I could take any meds. So I took my temperature because I just didn’t feel right. This had never happened after any of my treatments. And wouldn’t you know it, the dreaded numbers I have been trying to avoid show up on the thermometer, 100.4. I called the doctor and they told me to go to the ER so I could have labs done to check on my blood cell counts. I managed to get sick on the way to the hospital in a parking lot, again in the waiting room bathroom, and then once more as the doctor was talking to me once they took me back and got me in a bed.
After a dose of phenergen and zofran, I was in sleepy land. My labs came back fine and they were guessing I got a virus. I had my flu shot before I started chemo in hopes this would not happen. So they sent me on my way with a prescription for Zofran. After the vomiting stopped I was fortunate to get some sleep, before I spent the next day in the bathroom. Oh joy. So it appears to be either contaminated food I ate or a 24 hour bug. Either way, this is not what I wanted to deal with. Not only am I past the point of exhaustion, my digestive system has been through the ringer with the Chemo and now it hurts to eat or drink anything. I can see the recovery from this isn’t going to be as easy as it normally would. Guess I need to get over the thoughts of my usual bounce back. Just not that simple these days.
Maybe I am trying to hard to be normal and do all of my normal daily activities. I can barely make it 5 hours at work without feeling like I need to sleep. Wondering if I should re-evaluate my working situation with my doctor. Looks like we will be talking on Monday when I have my next treatment. I think it would be helpful if I could find someone who has been through the same treatment regimen that I am on and find out how they handled it. For now I will just try to get as much rest as possible and take it easy.
More to come after treatment #5 on Monday!
Hey Ber! I hope you are finally feeling better. Working in the ER, I know out here there is a nasty GI bug going around that is nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. I know Heather and James got it too. Maybe that’s what you had. I sure hope so. I sure hope its not your body not agreeing to the new chemo and this will be the norm for the duration. Hang in there. You are a strong woman and can get through this no matter what gets thrown your way! I wish there were more people with your drive and determination in this world. What a different world it would be. Take care an I hope you are feeling better!! GO TEAM BER!!! =o)
Hang in there, babe! I’m not saying scale back on your attitude of you can do anything (which you most certainly can, when you feel up to it!), but remember it’s okay to rest more and do what your body tells you to do. Feel better and know that we’re thinking of you/sending love and healthy vibes to you!