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Non Registered Nursing Assistant

His skills are limited, but appreciated.  However, suggestions he makes should be used for novelty purposes only.

Dogs are experts at living in “the now” which is a handy skill to have these days.   It was a rough 36hrs for Kathleen.  Last night we were trying to walk off the nausea and the vomiting just suddenly came on her half a block away from home.  Not much fun.  She actually gave quite the fright to a neighbour passing by. As she had eaten a few strawberries just prior … well, things were quite ‘red’ colored on the way back out. ick.   The extreme nausea continued into today and she was really in pretty rough shape when she went in for her radiation treatment this morning with Elaine who looked after her all day while I was at work.  Kath was looking bad enough that the nurse called the doctor and before long the doctor decided to put a hold on things for a week.  More blood tests, and an x-ray to check for a blockage.   Luckily, no blockage, but some dehydration and elevated pancreatic enzymes… again…. Pancreatitis again 😦  Why? Not sure, but she needs a break from the chemo and radiation and things will be re-evaluated next Thursday.  Oncologist #1 wanted to re-admit her to the hospital, but not much point in terms of care management.  Having gone through a few bouts of it now, Kath knows what to do and we have most of the tools at home to deal with it as long as it stays mild… And she promised she would go to emerg if the vomiting got out of control.  But honestly, even then, its just doing the same things we do at home.  BP is 108/68 (low for her), pulse a bit high at 92 (normally mid 80s). Temp 98.2F (good). Pain level 2, Nausea 3, Fatigue 8, blood sugars 7.8….  So stable now and off to bed.  Tomorrow we get to learn how to use an IV hydration kit.  Another tool in the tool box.

—Mike

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 “Non Registered Nursing Assistant

  1. Judy ⋅

    Hi mike and kathleen,
    Orville does look cute. He’s not in the ready to help position in the photo,but you can’t help but smile when he is in the room.
    Glad theyve decided to give you a break from th chemo radiation kathleen.
    Love judy

  2. anne paterson ⋅

    good morning Kathleen and Mike. I think Orville makes a great assisstant. He’ll keep you company thru everything even going so far as to curl up beside you. He’ll sing with you, he’ll hang his head down with you, he walks with you, he’ll help you to finish your meals and he works for only kisses and pats. Sounds like a tough first week, glad that they are giving you a break for a few days.

  3. Bonnie Sowiluk ⋅

    Lots of love and hugs coming your way. Hard to hear about a rough week, good to hear they are giving you some time to regroup.

    Love Don and Bon

  4. tracy the dog walker aka Orville's servant ⋅

    We all should strike a pose like this once in awhile (fully clothed, please). Orville, put some pants on!! I too am happy you got a break…..but looks like you are going back into treatment and I know its to arrest any progression but still its hard to wrap my pin size brain around the fact that treatment makes people feel so much sicker. We are fortunate to reside in a community with one of the best cancer treatment centres in North America……my pin size brain can certainly wrap itself around that!

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