I woke up feeling OK, but soon after developed an intense headache.
8am meds today:
I also started taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen first thing for my headache. Plus, I had this really uncomfortable queasiness. I took it easy for a while then tried some meditation and Yoga With Adriene thinking that would help my head. Nope, no help, although it was great for other body health reasons.
I think my brain is feeling what they call ‘chemo brain’. It’s more than the usual MS cognitive fog I feel at times. To describe it, I’m more than a few steps behind on everything that’s said or what I’m writing.
I reached out to Elvia to ask her if I could try some of her popsicles she said helped with her nausea and queasiness. A quick ‘yes’ from her and Fernie took off downstairs, grabbed a few and brought them to me. I sucked it slowly wondering how it’d feel going down, yet trying hard not to drip it on me nor my bed. I’m notorious for spilling things and making a mess, for those who don’t know me. It was definitely helpful (plus 260 calories of glorious pure sugar lol).
Since the Tylenol/Iburpofen combo wasn’t effective for my unrelenting headache, Fernie called the doctor and I was given some Tramacet (Tramadol) from our ‘emergency’ box. To explain what I mean, I have this box of extra medications in the apartment just so that they can be dispensed quickly when needed. There were also the standard medications in a blue bag that were here in the apartment when I arrived.
Quite late in the afternoon Dr. Alex came to give my Filgrastim shot. We are getting the routine more streamlined now. When Dr. Alex arrives, Fernie warms up the vials to help ease the painful shock of them, and I pre-ice the area where the shot will go. The shots are rotated to a new place each day. Tomorrow I’ll post a video on the Filgrastim being administered. That’s your warning squeamish people, haha.
I asked Dr. Alex to read my MRI reports (brain, C-spine, T-spine, and Lumbar) that finally came back (in Spanish) to me in English. I used the application Otter to record-to-text the information. It was hard to know exactly what the difference was between my last MRI in June 2021, but it seemed there was something new visualized in my C-spine in relation to the disease. Perhaps it was just the translation, not sure. I wish I had a neuroradiologist to really help me know what the heck is happening in there.
Towards 6pm my headache became bearable, I ate a bit more and watched some Olympic skating (yah!).
8pm – Ondansetron 8mg
Lastly, thank you again to everyone who writes, comments, messages and emails me. It’s wonderful to hear all the support and encouragement. I’m eating it up big time 🙂
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