Yesterday was treatment day. By the time we got home we were both exhausted. The evening was short with my husband having a light dinner and heading to rest by 930ish. He slept deeply through the night and woke up quite groggy today.
Although he had great intentions to have a protein rich breakfast of sausage and eggs, when I put them in front of him he changed his mind to a bowl of hot oatmeal. He took his anti nausea meds with breakfast, but began to feel quite nauseous within the hour. The doctor and nurses at the cancer clinic were quite emphatic that hydration is key to managing the nausea. They recommend drinking 2 liters a day of fluid to flush the toxins out, however, it is hard to drink that much when you feel like throwing up.
I got a pitcher out and measured out the amount of fluid required so he had a visual of what he needed to drink. He also took some of the “as needed” anti nausea meds he had been prescribed. As a result he was quite tired and slept for a good part of the day.
The visiting nurse came to change the dressing on his picc line as well as flush it out. This will happen once a week. She also spoke about what the next couple of days may be like.
After the visiting nurse left the nurse from the hospital called to follow up on yesterday and see how he was doing. She advised that if his fluids were low he would feel even more nauseous. If he continues to feel nauseous she recommended having intravenous fluids at home. She would do an order and the visiting nurse could administer the additional hydration over the weekend. We will see how the night goes. This may be the best solution yet.