23 February 2008

Wasting Time

There's a stomach virus going around, and of course my wife caught it. She's been so sick she can't hold water down for about 5 days now.

I took her to the ER so she could at least get fluids with absolutely no hope that they could fix what was wrong. I was correct, we were told "it's a virus", which is medical speak for "we don't know what the hell causes it" as far as I can tell.

We ended up spending about five hours in the waiting room while the ER staff struggled through a busy night. It's kind of amazing they were that busy that late at night, even the receptionist was a bit stunned. By 5 AM (lots of fives here) when we were walking out everything was quiet.

She's doing a bit better now, but she won't feel all the way better until this crap works it's way through. At least she's been able to keep a little bit down here and then, so that's a good sign. For now it's lots of vitamin water and chicken broth with the occasional piece of toast.

The doc says it's OK she's missing her treatments, it won't affect the expected final outcome. He's still optimistic that it will be another 6 weeks or so, maybe finished up with 2 or 3 weeks of chemo. The chemo is the rough part.

Now we're just waiting for her to feel better so she can continue her treatments.

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