It appears I was a bit hasty in my judgment of dexamethasone. Still suffering after a round of chemo without it, I can now see that in spite of its horrible side effects it was masking some of chemo’s even more horrible side effects.
I won’t go into the full details of my emetic escapades, more for my sake than yours. But I will just say that Activia is off the menu for a few days while I purge my scent memory.
There was some discussion between Dan and I about what to do next, seeing how I spent maybe three hours not in bed this past week.
“You could try taking the dex only during the week you do chemo,” Dan suggested.
I whined something about not wanting to while admitting it wasn’t an unreasonable suggestion. “It was just so hard to quit. I almost think I’d rather suffer some new evil than go through that again.”
For now I’ve decided to take more Zofran, despite the headaches and hiccups. I’ll use cannabis to make me want food and Zofran to keep it down.
At least until the next thing. Because there is always a next thing.
Hi, Emily. I used to work as a cancer nurse and I told my chemo patients who got really sick with their chemo to take their Zofran as ordered for the next three days after their chemo. Don’t skip doses. It’s easier to prevent nausea than to stop it once it starts. So if it’s ordered every six hours take it every six hours. Hope this helps.
Makes sense. I only ever needed the one pre-chemo Zofran before now. Lesson learned though.