So I was laid up all yesterday with a nasty stomach bug. I can usually carry on and work around these things, but this one stopped me in my tracks; in fact, I didn’t actually get out of my pyjamas and pretty much slept through the whole day, feeling weak, shaky and fuzzy whenever I did wake. My stomach started to settle down a bit late afternoon but then the joint pain kicked in, excrucatingly so in my right knee and hip and my left shoulder. Of course, since I’d puked after trying to take my morning medication, I was probably running med-free and without my usual Morphine for pain-relief. Yowzer.
What do you do if you literally can’t stomach your meds? Even the 50mg Prednisolone probably didn’t get into my system but I didn’t want to risk taking more. The rest I took again at night, as always, and managed to keep them down so no longterm harm there. But I’m never sure what the protocol is for medication and vomiting.
I’m feeling much better today and have even managed some lunch, so hopefully it was just a 24 hour thing. Now I’m just dealing with an extra bit of pain and stiffness from missing the meds and lying in bed all day. I should hopefully be able to get back on top of things without my joints flaring any further though I hope and at least I’ve caught up on all that sleep I was missing!
On a sort of related note, the thing that kept going through my head when I was lying on the bathroom floor, not knowing what end was going to protest next (sorry); was could I cope with that for however long a course of chemo would effect me? Not to mention the chemo sickness being ten times worse, at least. These are the things it is hard to think about choosing to put my body through – because once I decide and go ahead, there’s no way to stop it all no matter how tough it gets.
How do I know I’m strong enough?