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Tools in the Toolbox

Kind of a rough 24hrs for Kathleen.  As many of you know, Kathleen has always been a picture perfect eater– good variety of foods, healthy choices etc.  So dealing with the post surgery consequences of having a Pancreaticoduodenectomy have been challenging.  One day its non stop diarrhea and now its serious constipation again.  Last time this happened it landed her back in the hospital.  But this time at least we were much better equipped and prepared with the necessary tools.  We had IV gravol and sublingual Zofran to deal with the nausea and vomiting. IV Pantaloc for acid reflux and better pain management with a patch.  She has 3 different meds to try and move things along as well as a new one that comes in what looks like a shampoo bottle. But so far no “break through” if you know what I mean.  By 1 pm, at least the pain had subsided enough for her to get up.  Since walking really helps, we went off to the air conditioned mall to do laps and that seemed to help somewhat.
We also added a little fruit back to her diet today.  Some cherries and watermelon as well as fresh local Ontario strawberries.  Nothing in normal quantities, but still. Its a start and it went down well.  The big question, is when will it go through!
So a down day today after a couple of pretty good / normal ones.  It was really hard on her this morning, but her spirits are much better now

About In the Cancer Bubble

I am Kathleen's partner of almost 25yrs supporting her through this very tough and rough spot.

4 responses to “Tools in the Toolbox

  1. Anne

    Good Morning Kathleen and Mike
    Beautiful picture, thanks so much for sharing the ups and downs of the journey. Glad to hear the up days are out numbering the down ones.
    ~do you have any information about apple pectin and if it is something Kathleen could try for the constipation? Just a suggestion as this coupled with drinking lots of water has been tried and true in our household. Hope this may be helpful to you. Thinking of you both.
    Wishing you an up day 🙂
    Big hugs your way.
    XO
    Anne

  2. Lisa Maximino ⋅

    Hey Guys, what a great site you have created. Nice picture of you Kath and Orville. Every day is always a new journey…Hopefully things move along well for you later on.
    Love ya guys lots. Talk soon Lisa

  3. Jill Milks ⋅

    Greetings from HOTtawa,

    Your back yard sanctuary is absolutely lovely. Kathleen you look right in your element surrounded. It is nice to see you smiling and Mr. Orville looks pretty happy too. Mike, your literary talent, photo-taking and humour is brilliant.

    I hope that the fresh fruit is enjoyable and beneficial in many ways.

    With hugs and caring thoughts to both of you.

    Jill

  4. Colleen and Terry ⋅

    Hi Kathleen! Your Mom just arrived safely to PE. I tried to post you a note the other day, but not sure it worked. So I will try it again with your Mom here. We are wishing you the best of luck next week, and always! Know that lots and lots, of great vibes are coming your way!! Every day you are most in our thoughts! Colleen and Terry xox

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