Today is day 4 of a five day break from radiation treatment. We decided to take a break so I could have some relief from the side effects. Unfortunately, there’s not been any relief in sight as of today. Things actually got a little worse.
I get less than 60 minutes of sleep at a time before being woken up by coughing and spitting out thick saliva. Now… it is common for a hard cough to trigger a strong gag reflex that gets me to throw up. The gag reflex is so sensitive that even a full yawn will set it off. I completely emptied my stomach a few times yesterday. From that point it is all dry heaves!!!
The coughing, throwing up, and dry heaves are miserable; and my Wendy hears and sees all this happen too. It is not pretty for either of us.
This is the essence of my last 48 hours without radiation treatment. I hope this lets up today. We are both very tired of it all.