Feb 13, 2014 - 10:31 pm
My husband Tim just finished up his fourth week of IMRT treatment at MD Anderson and its kicking his butt. He has ten more to go, Feb. 28th will be his last. He is just now starting to struggle with extreme nausea and sore throat. Seems he has the nose of a bloodhound now and can sniff out smells we can't smell, some are ok and others such as food starts the dry heaves, seems as of today he can only hold down strawberry milk. Scrambled eggs slathered in butter had been working but not today. He knows the importance of eating/drinking and we keep up with this thread full of advice. he has lost ten pounds so far, they put him on compazine for nausea, and today they prescribed a pain patch which he hasn't started yet due to the fear of more nausea on a empty stomach. Is extreme nausea a normal side effect? Sense of smell also?
I know from all the post each person is affected differently and we were prepared for the sore throat and inability to eat and possibility eating only soft foods/liquids. It seems just in the last day he just can't sneak nothing past his nose. When he does finally hold the milk down he says he feels bloated, not to mention the pain meds can cause side effects too. The fatigue is hitting also.
Like any spouse/caregiver we hurt when they hurt and I try to push him to eat/drink as often as he can, I just don't want him to dehydrate or get sucked in to a depressed state. In Our 23 years of marriage he has never been sick except the common cold or inactive. I have Boost and Ensure for him to start when he gets back from Houston tomorrow. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.....you guys are awesome!