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hugs to you.... was posted 03/30/2013 10:14 pm by Anon/Lyn
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It is so very very hard. I totally understand your stress, being made harder by being isolated from family/friends. Although it is rare to have anyone truly understand. Hang in there.... Remember, your husband's grumpiness is not with you, and unfortunately will not be rational at times. Try as much as you can, to let it go. So so so so hard.... And let the nurses/docs push him, when he wont let you.... like how they got him to take the fluids, when he said no to you. Remember, you can always secretly call the nurses/docs and leave messages when needed.

He absolutely should not stop the anti-acid medicine now. That could be making his nausea worse. Many of us have to continue the anti-acid indefinitely because of the gastroparesis (slow stomach emptying) which can cause subsequent stomach irritation (gastritis) that is a common complication of PC. This is a very very mild drug with almost no side effects so please push him to take it. Only if ALL of his nausea is resolved later, and all of his doctors give him their blessing should he stop it. My mom took it twice a day throughout her illness.

If he re-starts the anti-acid, and starts taking the reglan along with zofran around the clock... hopefully he can stay away from the compazine (that makes him more tired). And reglan and compazine together can have more side effects (twitches, stiffness issues although these are really really rare side effects), so I would save the compazine only if nothing else works (anti-acid, zofran, reglan, ativan....).

Promise me that you will eat. Next time you go to the store, buy some of your favorite foods.... whatever they are. And this week, plan one special thing for yourself. A walk, a lunch out, a pedicure, a phone call to an old friend, order something frivilous online, watch a favorite movie, drink a martini.... something.... just for you.

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