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19 hours ago · Have you ever had hiccups with or after chemotherapy? in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

I am not aware that he experienced any side effects related to the decrease in steroid pre-medication of Dexamethasone, no nausea or vomiting. It did happen that he was not able to keep on schedule for the next cycle of chemo, his seventh, because of low platelets but that shouldn’t have been related, I wouldn’t think.

1 day ago · Have you ever had hiccups with or after chemotherapy? in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

My husband is receiving Folfirinox chemotherapy post Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer. At their worst, his loud, jarring hiccups continued almost 24/7 for 7 days, beginning a couple days after each chemo. In addition, several times a day he would have a throat spasm at the end of a hiccup, almost as if the hiccup became stuck, when he wouldn’t be able to breathe for anywhere from 10-30 seconds. This alarming situation led the oncologist to try several remedies and ultimately even ask him if he wanted to continue this chemo. Ultimately, after the 6th cycle of chemo and the following changes, he had no hiccups: the first thing that was tried was to start Omeprazole once a day and reduce the pre-chemo steroid Dexamethasone from 12mg to 8mg. This seemed to help for the next two cycles. But then the following cycle was worse than ever. At that point it was noted that his Potassium and Magnesium levels were lower than they had been after previous cycles and replacement therapy was implemented as it had been previously. In addition Omeprazole was changed to twice a day. And his Dexamethasone was reduced once again, now from 8mg to 4mg. For the first time, he had no hiccups after The sixth cycle of chemo. These hiccups are not a little thing. People experiencing them need answers and solutions.

Thu, Jan 2 6:55pm · Weary of Caregiving in Caregivers

I’m thinking going to Denny’s was a really good idea. Nourishment for the body. A bit of time away. I should go try that too. I don’t even have the energy to go back and look at the post I originally wrote here that prompted your response but let it just be said my husband us currently receiving chemo for pancreatic cancer and yesterday my mother fell and broke her hip and collarbone. The hits just keep on coming. Let’s run away together!😉

Nov 16, 2019 · Have you ever had hiccups with or after chemotherapy? in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

My husband just began chemo, has had two cycles of mFolfirinox, and has had hiccups for the first several days after both infusions. They are uncomfortable for him and irritating for me. They think the cause is the Dexamethasone pre-med. He’s hiccuping right now as I type this!

Nov 12, 2019 · Metastasized colon cancer: At a loss..what is next? in Caregivers

How nice to know someone is checking in on me. My husband has his second chemotherapy tomorrow. His labs were drawn today so we know they’re OK. He gets an infusion that lasts 4-6 hours, then goes home with a portable pump for 46 hours, then back to hospitalist infusion center to get disconnected, Neulasta injection and IV fluids. Back again the next day for another bag of fluids. First session he did have nausea and vomited during the infusion but they’ll add to his pre-meds this time. We’re hanging in there!

Nov 2, 2019 · The End: When caregiving ends, my husband passed away in Caregivers

Thank you for your words. Especially for those of us who are at the beginning of our caregiving journeys. Sometimes I think I may lose myself in this. I’m trying to figure out how to create a new life during this time that my husband is going through recovery from surgery and treatment for pancreatic cancer. I appreciate your words. If it feels right to you, I would be interested in reading updates from you, how you catch up on all that needs to be done and how you recreate your life.

Oct 27, 2019 · Metastasized colon cancer: At a loss..what is next? in Caregivers

I appreciated your comment about scripting out. And also I get that you don’t consider it awfulizing the situation. In my life with anxiety I know I used to catastrophize. On occasion I still do but it is an entirely different feeling than what you call scripting out. When I script in my mind, I prepare calmly, I gain strength knowing I can deal with whatever comes. On the other hand catastrophzing is a state of panic, fear and weakness. We are all learning about anticipatory grief. Something in that order would happen when my military husband would be nearing periods of deployment. The stress would eat on both of us to the point we would both just want it to happen and get it over with. Anticipation was worse than the reality of separation. The anticipation we live with in probable terminal illness hollows us out. I worry about losing myself.

Oct 10, 2019 · Emotional health after cancer in Cancer

Oh, thank you. I will.