Saturday, January 8, 2011
My PCP and Injectable Phenergan
Saw my PCP Thursday morning. I had only slept about 30 minutes that night and was very nauseous. I hadn't eaten a meal in at least four days, mostly intake of fluids had kept me going. I had probably only had a few hours sleep for most of the week. He agreed that I had probably passed a kidney stone, and that I was now somewhat dehydrated. My digestive issues, now exacerbated by the neurontin, are part of the problem with managing dehydration. The more fluids I drink, the more fluid is put out by my bowels - bypassing the kidneys - and the faster I dehydrate. IV fluids will actually stay in my tissue longer than drinking fluids, even the ones like Gatorade that contain salts and electrolytes.
He ordered 25 mg of IM (intramuscular) phenergan to help manage the nausea because I was at the point I couldn't keep anything down, and I have issues with suppositories becuase of the radiation damage. Sigh. I also expressed my concern at my next trip to Michigan in a couple of weeks. Bless his heart, he put a standing order for IM phenergan at his office so all I have to do is call and go get a shot. He also got me two vials of phenergan and the filter needles, needles and syringes to use before my flights. His nurse, who is a sweetheart, told me the proper way to break off the top of the glass vials, and where to inject. Now as long as it doesn't delay me too much with the TSA agents...sigh again!
I also finally have decided to face reality and asked for the paperwork for handicapped license plates. The airport I will have to go to has a parking lot that is ALL uphill, and I just couldn't bear dragging luggage across it again. My PCP marked my application as "permanently disabled". Not sure why, but I was expecting him just to do it for a temporary basis, as in "180 days".
I have a new member of my family, a little chihuahua mix puppy named Emmett or Emmitt - have trouble reading the handwriting on his paperwork, so not sure of the spelling - I'm sure he doesn't care!
Recently in my area an animal shelter burned. This shelter accepted about 50% of the animals from the local humane society. The animals at the humane society had to be reapportioned through all the other shelters, plus a new state law had dog breeders dumping excess puppies and older breeding stock to shelters so everyone was a bit overcrowded. I decided to look for a small dog that would fit in with my dachshund. A lady I know from a discussion group and facebook has rescued several chihuahuas that were sooo cute! There seemed to be a lot of chihuahuas at the local shelters so I found one that fits with my family and with me. He is supposed to be yorkie and chihuahua mixed but he looks all chihuahua to me!
I know from experience that I will focus less on myself and my misfortunes if I have a "project" to focus on instead. Although Emmett is only two months old and weighs a tiny bit over a pound, getting him potty trained and obedience trained will be something I can work on outside of my problems. He is very calm and well socialized and seems to be very sweet natured and my mother loves him. Augie my dachshund has already offered him one of his treats which is a great sacrifice for Augie!
The neurontin side effects seem to have stabilized by now (day 10) to be mainly digestive with some dizziness. I don't think now they are going to morph into any different side effects as Dr. Kildare and my PCP both say I won't be able to tolerate a higher dose. Rats! The pain relief is far from complete and my PCP wants me to start taking Dilaudid with the neurontin at night. I haven't yet, but may tomorrow night if the pain does not get better tonight.
I called Dr. House's office (the neuromuscular specialist) to make sure Dr. Kildare's staff had sent the medical records to them, and to verify that they accepted my insurance. Pluses on both counts, but the negative is they have not made an appointment for me, and they are currently booking appointments in the March to April range. Big Sigh...
Emmett is squeaking, his way of protesting - not much of a barker, mostly a squeaky boy. A little bit whiney - just like me! I guess I'll go tend to his puppy needs (which mostly seem to be hold me, cuddle me, pet me) and rock him to sleep. Kidney stone #2 is on the move - I may try some parsley tea a reader suggested to see if I can get it to move along!!!