Saturday, July 17, 2010
Showers of Saltines
At Last Something To Eat!
Woo Hoo! All is looking up in my dreary world of nothing by mouth except ice chips and medication. I have graduated to real fluids and SALTINE CRACKERS!!! No Fat Saltines at least bring a bit of salt and flavor to the feast. Had a little lemonade with ice chips too!
I stayed home almost all this week. I need to be at work, but finally realized after the ER doc giving me a talking to that if I didn't rest my body I was going to end up back in the hospital. I would do almost anything to avoid that! Not sure if anyone has been hospitalized for pancreatitis out there in blog reader land but it is a combination of the most boring experience I have ever had and the least rest I have ever had. You basically get the worst food in the world when you can finally eat because you always start with a liquid diet, and you are sick enough and drugged enough it is difficult to concentrate or read. They did issue me some ear plugs to use so at least I could sleep a little bit, because the noise and turmoil get to me.
I called today and cancelled my trip next week to Cleveland to finish the study. My study coordinator (who is the sweetest lady in the world) said she would see if I have to reschedule or if I could return the diary through the mail. The study sponsors have to OK it. I told her I just couldn't face traveling so soon.
I am having trouble staying awake. This is getting especially dangerous for driving - another reason to stay off work this week. I have been having to pull off three or four times in a 45 minute commute to sleep five or ten minutes before I can drive onwards. Very unusual for me - it was happening at longer distances where I had to drive over an hour, but now I can't seem to be able to drive more than short distances before I have to sleep. This is without any pain medication in me, not sure how bad it would be if I tried it with pain meds.
Going to bed now, and hopefully sleep in again tomorrow. I have been able to go all day today without any pain medication and still eat a tiny bit. Am ready to dig in and get going at work next week!