2017-09-17 Recovery Day 195

Today started of very bad, around 2:00 AM I woke up with a serve dry-heaving attack. For those not familiar with that term:

Nausea is an unpleasant, queasy feeling in the throat or stomach that may result in vomiting. … Vomiting can only come from the stomach. Retching is the reverse movement (peristalsis) of the stomach and esophagus without vomiting. Sometimes this is called the dry heaves.

We got it under control quickly with Zofran via IV, however, 2 hours later I had a second attack, this time Ativan was used to control it. I was able to catch some rest and woke up around 7:00 AM.

I got my breakfast delivered and Dianne went downstairs to the cafeteria for her breakfast. The early morning was used with the doctor and nurses to figure out how to reduce the stomach pains, nausea and lightheadedness. We got a plan which we started and the next few days will tell if it helps.

After the support team left I had my daily shower and a walk afterwards. Getting back I needed to rest a bit by sitting in my chair not bed.

It was time for Dianne to return home, she will be back tomorrow. Dianne packed up her cloth and took mine as well so they can be watch and returned. I don’t know how this weekend had turned out with the strong support from my wife. Her way of knowing what is right and not letting me get away with anything. I am the luckiest man!

After Dianne left it was time to watch football. During the games I text with Dieter about the game, I also text with Gary finding out how bad his motorcycle accident was and how we can help. Since it were two games back-to-back, I had another walk before the second game started, which was the Raiders beating New York Jets 45:20.

After the games it was medication time again before eating Dinner. I was not very hungry, but managed to eat a little bit of everything, with out the nausea taking over.

Overall today was a very surprising day, yes there were negatives, but the positives out weight the bad. I am told I am not at the bottom of this treatment, that maybe true, but somehow I know now that I will get through it.

That’s it for today. The nurse’s shift change is almost over which means time for more medication and vitals.

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One Comment

  1. Alice Barlettani September 18, 2017 at 7:54 am #

    Hey Klaus, it sounds like you are doing great and getting through the bumps and challenges that stem cell transplant brings with it. You are one strong fella cause this is not an easy road to travel. Hang with it. Continue to travel through the upswing that is coming your way as you finish this.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family! 🙂