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Intersection of Irritation

What, you thought it would be smoothing sailing for all ? 😉  Rough night for Kathleen.  Her TPN was changed to have less calories since she is eating a little more.  Smaller volume infused over 8hrs.  If we do it at night, that means no more than 8hrs sleep.  With some early AM nausea and vomiting, we were up for about an hour… I forget when. 3 ish ?  Had to hook up some gravol, but it was not soon enough so emergency barf bowl got used.  We are both pros at this.  Even before the Cancer, my job often gets me up in the middle of the night, so that part I am used to.  But we are all humans of course. So you get irritated.  Me, lack of sleep will add up and make me irritable. Betty, our cat was irritated as well since I had to get up and disturb her happy sleep.  The dog was annoyed because I had to turn the light on.  Kathleen was irritated by the pain, the pain meds, the nausea, the vomiting, the somewhat uncomfortable sleep in the chair, and oh, I guess the cancer in there as well.  The nurse too had a nice start to the day with her car window breaking.  I only spoke to Elaine briefly on the way out, but she had forgotten her purse at our house last night with her cell phone in it, so that too no doubt irritated her.  So, a grand intersection of irritation. 

You forget that inside the cancer bubble are all the ‘normal’ problems of life. Before having been taken away in the bubble, I would have thought that ‘little things’ would no longer be bothersome, but in some strange way, they are no different. Its true, some ‘problems’ are no longer on our radar, but oddly enough there is a class of annoying things that are the same– annoying. I will have to think about it more on the dog walk tomorrow. Orville always has an answer 🙂


About In the Cancer Bubble

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

9 responses to “Intersection of Irritation

  1. judy ⋅

    Hi Mike and Kathleen,
    Great you are eating more food. Don’t worry about the irritation – part of life. Great photo of Orville staring.
    Love Judy

  2. Jill ⋅

    Hello Kathleen and Mike, It seems Mr. Orville has a lovely way of holding steady and helping to bring about a smile and manage those crazy intersections. Thinking of you both and sending warm hugs to the two of you and Elaine. And a little rub and cuddle for Orville and Betty. I hope that the intersections are clear for you today.
    With love, Jill

  3. Nancy Croth ⋅

    It’s no wonder you are all feeling bouts of irritation. The surprising thing to me is how long you have gone without those emotions. Hang in there…. we are all sending you positive energy and love!!!!!

  4. Greg Michalenko ⋅

    Dear Kathleen and Mike,

    Let me know if I can help relieve you of time-consuming chores, whether dog-walking, shopping , errands, etc.. We’re only a few houses down so it’s easy .
    – Greg

  5. diane hutton ⋅

    Hi Kathy and Mike
    Life carries on with its irritations and annoyances.
    Orville is very reassuring anc comforting with his always happy to see you smile!
    Hope today is a good one

  6. jan ⋅

    Irritation, does that word mean that people are feeling irritable? Is feeling irritable like an emotional poke in the ribs, asking “hey, ouch, what is happening, pay attention, something is up?” A hell of a lot is up–would be the most likely answer.
    I have also been considering the word “intersection” and my tangential brain goes back to a post in February: How about invoking Kathleen, saint of the co-ordinated traffic lights, perhaps she can help ease the irritation?

  7. Matthias ⋅

    Irritation is annoying. My personal solution is eating gummy bears. That won’t work for Kathleen.. but Orville should be happy if you turn the light on !

  8. mybestfriendchasessquirrels ⋅

    Irritation can be best remedied by a bout of “potty mouth”. It works for me. Looks like you had a perfect storm of irritation happening…..and I say WTF! Oops!! Ah, it helped. I have seen Orville get irritated too….I swear he is giving me the bird when this happens. When I tell him its time to go home and he doesnt want to ….he stops, stares & holds up one paw (the bird). I tell him its not fun being bad….its just bad…..but he’s irritated and I understand. I respond to his irritation with my own…..”hey, you dog…..its high time you get your a……in this car!!!!! I’m not fooling ….I’ll tar & feather you…..of course, I have put lots of potty mouth vocab in. His response to this…..well, not what you would expect…..a big doggy grin & a run to the car. He loves irritating me….I think, I encourage him by ending up laughing. Would a bout of potty mouth……followed by a bout of laughter…….remedy irritation…..I will try it out. Of course the laughter might come out sounding like a snarl……some irritations are more serious than others. Thanks for the life lesson again, Kathleen, Mike & …….Orville. Wishing for less irritation in your lives & more smooth shaving……smooth sailing……..oops…..a commercial popped into my head about a razor that promises less irritation. Maybe I should buy it.

  9. Colleen and Terry ⋅

    Sorry I missed a post, but Elaine let us know the good news, yeah, home again! No place like it! Orville and Betty are pleased tooa, I hope by now the bad stuff has eased off. Irritations are everywhere, it seems. We love all the pics of Orv! He must bring you both much love and guidance. Pets are so instinctively knowledgable, and caring. This week will be better. Always thinking of you! Hugs, Colleen and Terry

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