The Good and the Bad
I’m on Day +2 now and it won’t be too long until I wake up on Day +3. I’m in the thick of the side effects, although thankfully mouth sores haven’t shown up yet. The inside of my mouth feels dry and like it’s been burnt a bit. That’s the dead cells that are coming off. Hopefully some new cells can take their place soon so we avoid the sores altogether.
My main issues continue to be nausea, fatigue and diarrhea. Lots and lots of diarrhea. We’ve been letting it takes it’s course so far. I was recently tested for C diff which is bacteria in your gut. It’s normally there in low numbers, but with all the antibiotics I’ve received that can throw the balance off and the C diff can get out of control. If I acquire c diff, then we keep the back side firehose flowing. The idea being we want to clear the c diff out with all the fluid movement. Thankfully I am negative for c diff so I did start getting some Imodium today. No noticeable impact yet, but I’m hopeful. I’ve gone through quite a few rolls of toilet paper and wipes the past few days.
Of course the hospital is all about measuring what goes into you and what comes out of you. That includes the diarrhea. So I have a nice little plastic had in my toilet that I sit over when I have to go. The staff says it doesn’t bother them to empty it, but I feel a little bad when I push the call light and tell them I have stool to be measure. Oh well, guess it goes with the territory.
Keep on Keeping On
So for now the plan is to keep doing what I’m doing. Try to eat 3 meals. Try to drink fluids. Try to walk in the hallway. Try to control the nausea. Sleep when I need to. It’s a little easier knowing this is temporary, but the problem is we don’t know how temporary it is. Still, it’s nice to see each day go by and know I’ve made it to a new + day. Here’s to getting to Day +3.
And the Powerball Is:
10/17/15 (Day +1): WBC 0.2, Hemoglobin 12, Platelets 57
10/18/15 (Day +2): WBC 0.3, Hemoglobin 12.2, Platelets 43
A Duck Dynasty Prayer
Dear God, thank you for getting me this far. Thank you for holding me throughout these days. Thank you that my body will get better. Thank you for another day.