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dizzy and sick

Posted Mar 15 2009 4:28pm
Brian awoke on Monday morning and vomited right away like he has been doing every morning for the last week. Most days this lasts until around 11 or earlier. Then he is fine. He has been getting a tad weaker - probably due to not eating much and small progression. However, on Monday, he suddenly lost his balance around 9:45 and vomited all day - about every 20 minutes until around 3. Then he stopped vomiting for a few hours until we moved him to the hospital bed around 8:30. He was unable to walk without significant assistance and even then, we were pretty much holding him up. There was no way we were going to get him up the stairs. He was not happy about the decision, and after a few caddy remarks, he agreed - JUST FOR ME. Whatever. I will take it.

Anyway, he began vomiting again around 8:30 and continued to do that every half hour until around 10:00. He fell asleep around 10:30 and slept most of the night. I lifted both the bed rails, put the bedside table next to one side and slept on a mattress next to him on the other side. I did this so he would not unexpectedly try to get out of bed in the middle of the night without my hearing him as has happened in the past when he was not in a good condition. So, I slept rather fitfully afraid of the above circumstance occurring. He wretched and coughed a couple times throughout the night, but slept pretty well, I think, all in all.

This morning, he woke and was extremely dizzy getting to and from his chair. He has not had any more to eat than 1-1/2 Ritz crackers since last night. He feels like he is going to vomit just about as soon as he takes a bite of something. Naturally, this makes him weaker. He vomited twice today as well. It is nothing more than stomach bile and whatever water he recently drank. We have a suppository anti-nausea and I would like to try it, but Brian is not ready. I think we may do this when he wakes tomorrow.

One big issue right now is getting him cleaned up. He has not had a shower or shaved since Friday due to his condition. He would like to, but he is unable to get up or down our stairs to do so. Even if we did have a way to transport him up and down the stairs, the wheelchair doesn't fit through our bathroom or bedroom doors, so no matter. I guess I will need to sponge bath him as best as possible soon.

He hasn't been out of his chair for any reason as of yet today, so I have no idea how his stability will be tonight.

And now I just looked at the clock, realized we have to leave for soccer in 30 minutes and I need to feed the kids, so that is all for now.

KEEP BELIEVING
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