Saturday, September 25, 2010

Couple of crummy days

There is a reason I haven't written for 2 days. I have not felt well at all. It is Saturday morning, and even though Saturday is not usually a good day for me, I am hoping this will be better. On both Thursday and Friday I couldn't keep anything down. We started to get worried for what this could mean for the weekend. They have put me on a 24-hour drip to keep formula coming in at a very slow rate, and hopefully without nausea. We had a nutritionist from Home Health come out last night, and she showed us how to use this new "kangaroo pump." She also thought it was necessary to share almost her entire life story. :) I was able to make it through the night, and am hoping this is the beginning of "better things to come." Thanks to my sister, Laura, for her Thursday post. She knew I couldn't do it myself. I am actually feeling the way that most people feel all during chemo--so I'm trying to play the "glad game..." and count my blessings. :)


  1. What a great attitude! Thank you for giving me time even though you were feeling so bad. I can really feel the strength of your spirit. You will be blessed. Is the drip to feed you? It isn't the chemo, is it? Did you still have radiation yesterday and did they hydrate you again?

  2. Hi Louise,
    I am so sorry you are having a tough couple of days. Please know how much we love you, and that you are literally in our prayers every single day.
    I found an article on how ginger helps nausea for chemo patients. Evidently, an extensive study was done. Ginger comes as an herb tea, so it's easier than chewing and swallowing. I can pick some up for you if you would like to try. Perhaps, making a mild tea of it and putting through your feeding tube may help. The site for the article is Probably need to copy/paste this, because the blog probably doesn't take the actual link.
    Again, we love you, and are looking forward to you getting past this not-so-fun time. Hugs and kisses to you, Dear Friend. Love, Tamara, Steve, and Tahlea :-)

  3. Dear Louise:
    I am SOOO sorry you are having a bad time. I hope today goes better... Do play the 'glad' game because you have been lucky so far. But I hope this stage doesn't last long. A friend of Chloe's who had cancer (which she NO LONGER has by the way) had the exact same kind of days.. so I think it is a fairly typical reaction to the chemo... Are they gong to have you do the same program next week? (radiation? chemo?) ...what do the doctors say?
    Let me know
    Love you so much,

  4. Nancy, They are using the drip to do a constant slow feed, not the treatment. Looks like they will continue with the protocol for next week. HEr counts have been fine.

  5. Weezy, I'm so sorry that you are having a "not good" time. I know that you always try to be upbeat no matter how badly you feel so we aren't aware of how awful it is. You should come up to us and upchuck on us - then we'd understand :-) Take care, you are so loved by so many of us. We are still stuffing the prayer box at the temple for you. Love you, Lindy Lou

  6. Pollyanna has always been one of my favorite movies. "The glad game is a great philosophy even though difficult at times. Katherine used to always watch that movie when she was sick. I don't know if it helped her but she pretty much had the movie memorized. We love you and you know we are praying for you daily.

  7. Dear Louise,
    I hope this afternoon (Sunday) finds you feeling better. Feeling nauseated is probably one of the worst feelings in the world (at least that's my experience). I hope the medication they are giving you to fight it will help soon. I love the quote you have by Orson F. Whitney on your have been so patient through this - and have had such a great are a wonderful example to us all. Let's get this over with so you can feel better again - I am thinking of you and praying for you.

    Love and hugs,


  8. Louise, you can do this! Stay strong and keep the faith. The Lord is watching over you and your family.
    Love, Paige