Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nausea - From Yummy to Yucky

This is a food post and those of you who know me, know I enjoy talking about and posting pictures about food:). Well the week in the apartment started out in great fashion on Monday with a take out meal from Red Lobster...Walt's Favorite Shrimp, with baked potatoes and clam chowder. We figured it might be the only night Ernie would feel up to seafood, so we went for it and enjoyed every morsel. (We were so excited to dig in that I forgot to take a picture, so the on-line menu version will have to suffice)

Tuesday was going to be a long day at the Clinic, so I planned our menus and went grocery shopping while Ern was getting infusions. His appetite was normal, it was a cloudy overcast day, so chili stack was our dinner of choice and it hit the spot.

Wednesday we enjoyed using a bit more of the chili over baked potatoes. Really tasted good and I was proud of using more of my chili. Must have been hungry and ready to celebrate the stem cell infusion, cuz I forgot to snap a picture. (I also think I was so overcome by the smell of CANNED CORN, my mind wasn't thinking clearly!)

On Thursday, I got organized early and made homemade chicken noodle soup to simmer in the crockpot all day. Blueberry streusel muffins were a great compliment to the soup, and we enjoyed the dinner and celebrated the day!

Well I was real proud of myself for thinking of ways to use my extra chicken, and I made a nice chicken salad sandwich for lunch on Friday. Ernie however, was hit by his first wave of nausea Friday morning and sadly had ice chips most of the day.

The nausea has pretty much continued for the whole weekend, and now his menu of choice has become jello, crackers, popsicles or Italian Ice.

On the other hand, I had ALOT of chili to eat and continued with my plan for turkey chili cheese dogs. It really tasted good and I was sorry Ernie couldn't enjoy it with me.

Saturday and Sunday Ernie's lab work showed that he needed potassium, so we spent about 4 hours at the Clinic each day. He has had moments where pretzels, peanut butter crackers, and popcorn sounded good to him. When the Zofran doesn't control the nausea we use Compazine or Ativan, but boy, they totally put him to sleep within 15 minutes! We both agree that is still much better than feeling sick or throwing up.

We'll see what the next week brings on our transplant journey, but for the most part we are thrilled to be on the road to recovery from myeloma, and will endure whatever that involves. We miss our family, the grandkids, our friends and our church body, but feel your prayers and see their results every single day. Thank you more than we can express with words.

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9


  1. Poor Daddy! I feel terrible that he only feels like eating Jello and popsicles when you are enjoying such delicious looking meals! But yay for Red Lobster when he felt good- Praying soon that appetite will return! Love and miss you both too!!!

  2. Wish dad and I could eat our Italian Ice's together :) All those meals look really good though for sure!

  3. If you all need any help eating the chili let me know.

  4. It sure is lonesome around here without you guys. Love you.