Sunday, December 12, 2010

Some sordid details - and some gifts.

I have not been really well the last few days. I have been badly constipated, which I felt probably poisoned my whole system. I asked the IV nurses for help on Friday when I had my PICC line dressed, and they made some suggestions of things to take. I had not had a BM for 3 days then, and they said if I hadn't had any action in 24 hours I should contact my doctor.

Saturday was the Designing Women Christmas lunch which I was really looking forward to. I vomited up my breakfast and Kevin thought I really should not go, but Juliet had offered to take me and I knew I could just sit. I am glad I went. There was an impressive array of food (I didn't eat much, but I managed some savoury food as well as some of Pauline's to-die-for icecream cake) and Delys made a wonderful non-alcoholic fruit punch of which I drank at least 5 glasses. We always exchange a handmade Christmas decoration and I received two lovely baubles from Jan. In addition, Jaslyn gave me a lovely angel.

I went to bed soon after I got home and slept till 6 or so. I couldn't face any food and went back to bed about 8pm. Then the floodgates opened from both ends. After a cleanup I went back to bed and slept well all night. This morning I was hungry for my breakfast and I am feeling well, though thirsty. I am drinking lots.


  1. Well not all bad news, glad you are feeling better now Joan and your Christmas decorations are lovely. Stay well for Helen's wedding, I know you are looking forward to being well on her special day. Do hope your son is feeling better.....:-)Hugs

  2. At least your immediate problem solved itself - if unpleasantly. It sounds like a lovely lunch- and a lovely group of women to be a part of for friendship and support.

  3. Glad to hear you are feeling better now Joan...

    Can you eat liquorice?
    I don't know if you can get them where you are, but my mum used to feed us 'Liquorice Allsorts' (*sweets*) if we were ever constipated.
    I used this trick recently when my stoma wasn't producing and it still works - and so much nicer than some of the laxative stuff available :-)

    Hope you continue to feel well xxx

  4. Ah, isn't chemo fun? Glad that through all this you still managed to get out and be a part of life. Take care, Joan.

  5. Joan, I am sorry to hear you are having such problems with chemo. Only 4 days to the wedding, I hope you have a simply wonderful day and enjoy every minute of it.