Hi - This is my first post as a carer regarding my husband's cancer. He was diagnosed last autumn and started ECX chemotherapy early January.
He was so very ill with severe side effects that chemo was stopped early. He lost most of his hair and has been hospitalised twice. He has been unable to get out of bed much since having the chemotherapy due to his fatigue and loss of energy.
Following a bad spate of vomiting and nausea and because he was not keeping anything down he was asked to attend the hospital for a barium swallow which was followed by another endoscopy procedure.
Fortunately for him, our wonderful specialist nurse arranged for him to see his specialist the same week who was able to agree that a stent may be the answer. It was definitely the right way to go. He was sick after the op and also when he got home but since then he has been fine. He has some stomach pain which is eased by soluble paracetamol and drinking Fortisip nutrient drinks and Calogen extra - three of each during the day,
He is still very fatigued and has been given Ferrous Fumerate tablets to take 1 - 3 times a day. He has been slowly adding some solid food (not much but it is a start) and today he got up and we walked around the house. Fingers crossed this will continue daily.
I am so proud of him, he is really trying hard. He has lost loads of weight, nearly five stone and hates most of all the loss of muscle tone but he wants to be here with me as long as he can. If I can get him moving about I believe there is no reason he will not be.
My thoughts and best wishes to all of you.