Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Side-Effects and Symptoms

Nausea...

Vomiting...

Fatigue...

Everything seems to have the same side-effects.

Chemo...

Radiation...

Failed Shunt...

I am learning not to go immediately to a "failed shunt" when KK throws up. I have to remember to look for secondary symptoms.  

Does she want to lay down immediately?  

Is she irritable and impatient?

Does she have a loss of appetite?

KK woke up crying then threw up this morning. She immediately wanted to eat. She watched a movie to distract herself (and it worked). She had a good day otherwise. We're fairly certain it is not a failed shunt (I called neurosurgery to keep them in the loop though).

This afternoon, KK was very nervous and scared going to radiation. She was worried that something may have gone wrong and she would have to have another surgery. We talked about all the different reasons why she may have thrown up. We also came up with a few things to do to help (being more proactive with Zofran, deep breaths, etc.).  

KK is also learning not to go immediately to a "failed shunt" when we go to Boston after she throws up.

2 comments:

Susan said...

You're such a good mom!! You're so blessed to have each other as you navigate through all of this together. We're praying for you both.

Melissa Singley said...

So much for both of you to endure. We are all praying and thinking about you constantly! Hugs to you both!