Friday, 22 June 2012
Per·se·ver·ance is defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. There is no doubt that Apis’ ability to persevere is really astounding, especially as she continues to face obstacles each day.
Yesterday was yet another difficult day. Her nutritional supplement was removed and both her antibiotic and pain medication continued to be given orally. She was not able to take any anti-nausea medication other than gravol as the doctors wanted to see if it would stay under control – it didn’t. Most of the nausea comes from the chemotherapy drugs which were injected right into her system... and which are hard for the body to process. It seems that very few medications are able to control it or minimize its effects.
She spent most of the day vomiting, with stomach pain and crazy bowel movements. Still, she got up and continued with her walks, the breathing exercises and trying to eat as much as she could (every spoonful counts, every step taken will help her get out of the hospital faster). I watched her get up (as she was about to cry from all the pain and discomfort) to go to the bathroom to get cleaned up as she was expecting a friend later in the afternoon and wanted to look presentable and wear her new gown... a pink gown with flowers that made her feel prettier and more ‘human.’ Unfortunately, a vomiting spree did not allow her to see her dear friend (this was the second visit she had to cancel this week).
Towards the end of the evening the nurses suspected she might be getting a stomach bug and ordered some additional lab work. The doctor finally hooked her IV back in the evening and gave her all the regular medication (nutritional supplements, pain medicine, antibiotics and anti-nausea) but she was worn out, exhausted and feeling a bit lost and emotional – she misses Chris and Aiden and she is still trying to digest what has happened in the last few months. Her hormones are also out of control after she lost both her ovaries.
She wants us to keep you guys updated on the good, the bad and the ugly. This is a long process full of surprises and bumps along the road. Yet, regardless of how difficult things can get, she’s still moving forward and she has her eyes on the ‘prize’ which is recovery and many, many more years with her friends and family. She is also extremely thankful to be here and to be getting this treatment that many PMP sufferers don’t have access to. Please take a look to see her touching article which has been featured on the online edition of Maclean’s Magazine as she continues to inspire us: http://moments.macleans.ca/moments/being-given-a-chance-to-beat-cancer/