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Unread 08-14-2001, 11:05 AM
started chemo yesterday

hi guys,

I have been away from the boards for awhile, I feel like I am neglecting you =(.
but. I have a concern.. i started the chemo yesterday.. and I can't seem to stop throwing up. I took my zofrin in the morning, big healthy dose with my chemo and then at night, but to no avai by 9 that night i started throwing up every half hour until 5am this morng. Then I started again once when I woke up and once after chemo and now just an hour ago.
I talked to my doc about it so we are going to play around with the diffrent meds..
has this happened to anyone else?
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Unread 08-14-2001, 12:13 PM
started chemo yesterday

Oh Christie...Hugs my friend.....
That was me....exactly!
Except I managed not to be sick in the morning. Although I still felt sick, but was able to keep from vomiting. But the nights were really bad.
The only thing I can tell you is to keep at the doctors and nurses about it. They adjusted my anti nausea drugs but I was awfully sick just like you describe.

Are you on Cisplatin Christie? I was on 3 but that was the one that they said was causing me to be sick. Its a hard one to take, but it really does its job.

My chemo was from 9-1 everyday, and I would be ok until about 6 at night. And I would go non stop till very late in the night, even when there was nothing left to come up. Its the worst thing you can go through and I truly sympathize with you.
I know exactly how you are feeling.

The Zofran is suppose to be a very good drug. Tell me...are they giving you the anti nausea drugs through the IV or pill form? I got mine through my IV as it gets into your system faster. But I was taking them in pill form at night and on the weekends after my 5 day session. You may want to see if they can do it through your IV if they aren't already.

I don't know what else to tell you Christie, except that once you finish your round, you will feel better.

The only thing I wanted to drink was milk after my sessions, and I don't know why I craved that, as it wasn't the best thing to try and keep down, and I wasn't able to keep it down. I said to the doctor..."I know I shouldn't drink milk, because its not staying down, but it tastes so good going down". He said to drink water in small sips. And that would stay down better, but for whatever reason, I wanted the milk.

Try some dry crackers and flat ginger ale. If you can't wait for it to go flat on its own, put it in a bowl and take a wisk to it to beat the air out of it. That might stay down for you.

But above all Christie, just keep at them, because if you keep throwing up it will affect your blood tests, and you don't want them to have to delay the chemo. I had one day where I had to have a bag of pottasium through my IV before I could have my chemo as a result of vomiting all night the previous night.

Please let us know how you are doing tomorrow. Gosh....I feel so bad, as I really can relate to this post....and this post could have been mine back in Nov. and Dec. if I had found this site back then.

Sending big Hugs,
Maria xo
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Unread 08-14-2001, 01:57 PM
started chemo yesterday

OH Christie, you poor girl. I didnt have chemo so I have no experience with it. But you are lucky you have Maria here, she knows what you are going through. You are strong,Christie, hang in there. I am keeping you in my prayers and holding you very close to my heart. Please dont worry about neglecting us, we are still here when you need us. You just worry about getting better. Take very good care and much love coming your way x x
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Unread 08-14-2001, 04:37 PM
started chemo yesterday

{{{Christie}}}

You have been on my mind a lot lately. I'm so glad your treatments are started, but I am so sad that they are making you sick. You are welcome to post here anytime, but please don't feel like you are neglecting us! Let us know what WE can do to help YOU.

Hang in there young lady! I will keep you in my thoughts. Keep talking to the docs and nurses--I'm sure they will do all they can, but you have to let them know how you are doing. Go Christie, go! You can beat this thing!

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Unread 08-14-2001, 05:29 PM
started chemo yesterday

Hi Christie,
((((((((Hugs))))))) Sorry to hear your feeling so bad. You will get through this...there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and a rainbow waiting for you, just doesnt seem that way right now, but soon all this will be behind you. Keep in mind all the sisters are rooting for you. Take care, and your in my thoughts and prayers.
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Unread 08-14-2001, 05:48 PM
started chemo yesterday

Thank you so much you guys for your replys.
Maria, boy did you nail the hammer on that one. Everything you are saying is true.
Yes it is Cisplatin that they are giving me. They do give me the zofrin in the iv when I am there.
I am so scared to return to work tomorrow, I don't know if I'll make it all day. Now I am thinking I should have taken the disability leave.
I am counting down the sessions. 4 more to go. And this is something you can't just say "i give up, no more.. " like I want to right now.
Thank you maria..
I'll keep your words close.. I have 4 more weeks to go.. boy do I sleep a lot now too.
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Unread 08-14-2001, 06:27 PM
started chemo yesterday

((((Christie)))))
Good that you are able to sleep. When we sleep we aren't throwing up thank God!!!

If you find you aren't well at work, then don't stay Christie, I am sure your employers will understand. I was very lucky to be able to take the entire 4 months off. There was no way I could have worked. Out of the 3 week intervals, I was only feeling really decent for 2 days, then I had to start over.

I thought it must be Cisplatin. Its a powerful one, but works!!

So you are finished now for a while then. You will feel better as the week goes on. I had it 5 days in a row...and thats why I was lightheaded for a week afterward I think.

Hang in there hon, and you are right...you can't quit it...believe me I tried after the 3rd week, but they convinced me I could do one more week.

And if its any consolation Christie....I have not thrown up since Dec. 22nd!!! My last day of chemo. So.....I promise you it does get better. You won't ever forget going through this....but it will get better, and be a just a memory for you.

Keep in touch, email me anytime!!
Love and Hugs!!
Maria xo
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Unread 08-14-2001, 10:24 PM
started chemo yesterday

{{Christie}}

I'm so sorry hon! That is certainly rough on the body. I hope before your next one they can find something that will ease the nausea and vomiting for you.

I had more luck with the Zofran than you and Maria did but was also given a couple of others that also helped. One is called Kytril - this one worked well during the day so I could function at work. The other is Ativan - which really helped at night. Its a sedative type medication that also has the added benefit of controlling nausea. You might see if either of these might help you out.

I agree, don't push yourself if you aren't feeling up to it. Take your time and do what you can. I found many times during my treatments that I felt just fine while laying down but once I sat or stood up, my tummy would start flipping, so back to laying down I went till I felt a bit better. I was lucky in that I can also do some work from home so relaxed in bed while working. Is this something that you might be able to do, I'm not sure exactly what you do but....

I'm so glad you finally got these treatments started, now they'll be done before you know it and all those nasty little cells will be history!

Please let us know how you are feeling when you're up for it. I'll be saying an extra prayer for you!

{{many hugs}}

Vicki
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Unread 08-15-2001, 04:40 AM
started chemo yesterday

I just wanted to send you a big and let you know that I was thinking of you!! I have not been through chemo, but I do know the fear of constantly throwing up, and my heart breaks for you!! Please know that you have all of us for support!
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Unread 08-17-2001, 10:00 AM
started chemo yesterday

Christie,
I just wanted to pop in and give you a few words of encouragment. I am back to work now and feeling much better. I had the same exact regimine as you. I know it is hard and sometimes you just do even want to go to the hospital and take the chemo. I had two kids depending on me at home on top of it all. But the time will pass really quickly and you will start feeling better very soon after you are done with the treatments. Just remember what we talked about in our e-mails. It really, REALLY helped me get through without constantly throwing up. I think you should have taken the diability leave, my doctor said that there was no way he would let me work while I was going through all of this, he said it would be too much of a strain on me and that my treatments would have a much better outcome if I stayed at home and pampered myself as much as possible. He also kept me off of work for another 2 1/2 months after I finished. Plus the chemo brain was too much! I walked around in a fog and would often lose my train of though mid-sentence after the second or third treatment! Please talk to your doctor and Think of yourself before anything else. If you feel you can't make it through the day then take some time off, you have every right to, and no one should tell you any differentor make you fell bad about doing it. If you need someone to vent to while you are going through all of the please feel free to e-mail me. I can truly say that I know exactly what you are going through. Major {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} to you Christie......and god bless.
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