We spent most of the day Monday at MGH, getting blood work done, getting flu shots (myself as well, because the chemo will impair Kate's immune system for periods of time after the infusion), and then hanging out for a few hours while she takes the IV's. She such a sweet person and it's incredible to watch her soldier through, but it's also harrowing for me because I can't punch or beat anyone or thing that's causing her to feel bad.
Anyway, it made her pretty sick. At first we thought it was nausea keeping her up, but over time as she told me her symptoms I realized she was suffering from acid reflux, which is a symptom they did warn about or we missed it in the hail of information that been thrown at us. I suffered for about a year with bouts of it, eventually being rid of it after being put on Prilosec. I got her to check with MGH and they said Pepcid and Prilosec were OK and with that I loaded her up and it seems to have helped along with time. Next time I'm having her get on the Prilosec 2 days before and keep a healthy supply of the Pepcid on hand.
Fluids taste weird to her and she's been busy trying to navigate her frequently changing palate. Particularly for the 72 hours following chemo, she's got to take a minimum of 64 oz.'s of fluids, which has been doable, but a challenge.
Today we go to get her to the barber to get her hair even shorter. They say two weeks after it comes out. With that, I've recommended a Tank Girl style. Half inch or so everywhere, with a shock of bangs. Because of the cut, we thought it best that she goes to my barber, who has experience with such short hair.
I was hoping to brew another batch this weekend to blow off steam. A good porter this time. But alas, I think the odor from the wort will be too much. (It just hit me, maybe I could cook it on the grill!)
This morning, she looked so much better. It's a bit lonely when The Kate's out of action and the cats don't quite cut it. Tonight though, I have beer and an Angry Scotsman Tavern.