The previous four days were pretty horrible. As I've mentioned here before, I have been taking pain pills a few times a day to deal with back and hip pain. Though they have been doing a great job for me, one of the unfortunate side effects is constipation. I was doing a good job of keeping on top of this particular issue until last Friday. I realized what the issue was immediately but several different types of over the counter medications did not work. There are a number of side effects that can manifest, in my case, I developed severe pain in both kidneys.
By Saturday morning I also began having complications from the increased dosage of trial medication, excruciating nausea. I'm not talking a little tummy ache either. Given these two issues, I also wasn't eating much at all.
I made it through the weekend (barely) and called the clinical trial nurse in Boston first thing on Monday. She told me to stop the medication for two days to allow the side effects to clear up and she would call back on Wednesday with instructions on a lower dose.
By chance, Monday was my monthly appointment with my Oncologist. While there I was given 2 liters of saline solution to help me avoid dehydratrion, along with two types of anti-nausea medication. I was hoping for instant relief, but the nausea didn't subside until around 10pm.
As bad as all this may seem, it causes me to resort to a cliche, 'tomorrow is another day', and today was just that, another day, a better day. The nausea is all but gone, the pipes are working better and I was able to eat both breakfast and lunch so far.
Once again, in the midst of my chaotic life, prayers and determination get me through another lap on the roller coaster.