Honestly, I do not believe the upset was totally the fault of my systemic treatment [chemo], it was the prescription add-on that I took Monday night just before I went to bed. You remember? The little 1/2 pill that my doctor said would help lift my mood but that sometimes had a side effect of nausea? Well, let me tell you what, it does and it did. I was in pure agony from about 2 a.m. until I tentatively put my shaky feet on the floor this morning. I don't think that [chemo] drugs and mood-lifters should be taken together. Just my opinion, mind you. Maybe I just have a very sensitive stomach. Thank goodness for my anti-nausea medication, which also comes with side-effects that aren't happy ones for me [sleepiness/dizziness/vertigo]. But I took them anyway because at least they stopped the above listed definition of nausea and allowed me to sleep. And sleep I did. A lot. Supposedly my cell phone rang and text messages came in. Did I hear them? Not a chance. Dwain, my red-haired angel, was nice enough to check my phone when he came home. Thankfully he returned calls and texts for me. Unless he woke me up, I didn't even know what time it was, nor did I care. How sad is that?
Dwain did some Internet research as I slipped back off to sleep. Before he left the house again, he woke me up, holding out a cup, insisting that I drink something. He said, "I've been reading about what to do when you get sick like this." Actually, he read this to me because I could not sit up and focus.
Things you can do to guard against chemotherapy nausea:
- Drink fluids throughout the day like water and juices. Many persons on chemotherapy need to drink at least two quarts of fluids per day. Ask your doctor or nurse if this applies to you. Also, if you are vomiting it is important to replace the fluids lost to avoid getting dehydrated.
- Avoid drinking liquids at meals.
All I could think was, this is going to come right back up. But it didn't. And I have to say, it was good and it was cool. Dwain's mother canned these pears this past summer, so they were fresh and organic.