Dec 23, 2012 - 7:49 pm
My mother is now 9 days past her first taxol/carboplatin tx, and she is still in the hospital. She was on NG tube and not moving her bowels, but that has cleared, she moves her bowels now, and the NG tube is out. She is still soooooooo nausous. She was like this before the chemo too. She is keeping down clear liquids (popsicles, ginger ale, etc), and really struggling w/ foods. The protein shakes make her very sick - even just one sip and she starts gagging it back up. They are giving her IV zofran. She has not vomitted in a few days, but she gags alot. Her belly is still really distended, and she may be tapped again tomorrow for fluid. Their have been improvements, but I am wondering if anybody else has stuggled this much w/ the nausea and not being able to eat as a result of upper abdominal pressure and tumor/ascites, after treatment has begun. She feels so full. I am praying that as the chemo kicks in, things will shrink, and maybe her appetite will come back?
Her blood counts are down, so I think the chemo is starting to work. She also has a large hernia on her belly that has gotten a lot smaller, so I am thinking that maybe her tumor or fluid is not pressing on her abdomen as much? Her spirits were a little better today. I am constantly looking for hope.