Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Emesis Basin Blues

The Belly Rules

I've been trying to put in more hours at work because we are so short handed. Had a long meeting today, and another probably tomorrow morning (I guess at this point it is later this morning). I am praying as hard as I can that I won't get sicker before that meeting. I am very discouraged that my health is interfering with my life and my career.

My belly pain has been increasing steadily the last couple of days. Tonight I am having stomach/pancreas spasms, and have been throwing up. Even though I have been using pancreatic enzymes, it did not appear that any food had actually digested (ewwww!), which for me is not a very good sign. When my pancreas enzymes get way out of whack they also seem to shut down my entire digestive system. The pain medication does not appear to be helping very much, but I might have a different feeling of effectiveness if I didn't have any in my system at all.

I thought this afternoon that I should go to the ER and get evaluated, but I really don't want to start my new year with ER visits again. You know you've been to the emergency room way too often when your insurance company sends you a form letter telling you that you have other options to see a physician. Unfortunately my own PCP and the urgent care center all recommend that I go directly to emergency if the digestive system gets out of hand.

As always I am very shakey and dizzy from throwing up and starting to feel dehydrated. The Headache has been increasing the last day or so, but the stimulator has been able to keep up with it so far. I am having a lot of pain in my back tonight and am having some trouble breathing (that started yesterday). I think I am going to have to see if my enzymes are too high.
Hoping to keep going as long as possible. Just not having high hopes for tomorrow. Sigh and sigh again!


  1. Awesome pic, you look like the patron saint of food!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  2. If only I could wear a halo daily..I think I should be the patron saint of REGURGITATED food, but it's not very pretty for illustration purposes!

    Thanks Stephanie!!

  3. Emily,
    I take Pancreatin, do you?? I use it as a suggested aide for digestion, but I had a gastric bypass in 1987.

  4. I use Creon 12 which is pancrealipase, probably about the same a pancreatin. I use 3 to 4 pills with eating, which is 36000 - 48000 units of lipase. It helps some with pain, but not a lot.

    I guess it makes sense that gastric bypasses would need help with digestion too!!