Heartburn and fatigue
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Normally, my bedtime routine includes reading for about half hour to an hour before going to sleep, but with the fatigue from radiation, most nights I can barely manage a half dozen pages, and for the last 4 nights, I haven't done any reading at all. Very frustrating, because my nightly reading is something I look forward to to relax and unwind before going to sleep. Last year, I read 41 books; this year, January is almost over and I've only managed to finish one, and that was on the 3rd of the month. But I know this fatigue is only temporary, and when I am finished with the radiation, it will start to get better.
The worst side effect though is the heartburn, especially at night. I normally take my prescription Prilosec in the morning; I've done that for the last few years daily because of my acid reflux, but at times, when I have had gastritis attacks, my internist has told me I can double on it, and take a dose in the evening too, so that is what I started doing last night. Hopefully it will help. I have also been burping a lot the last few days, another symptom of my acid reflux flaring up. I had to see the doctor after my radiation today; Tuesdays are my "doctor days" at the radiation center; and he said to keep doubling up on the Prilosec, and he is giving me Friday off from my treatments, so I'll have a long weekend to recover some. I still get the same number of treatments, the day I miss will just be added on to the end.
On the way back home, I thought about trying taking a liquid antacid before I leave for my treatments; maybe having it that coating in my stomach will help a little bit while I'm getting the radiation. Just not sure if it would still be coating my stomach by the time I got my treatment though; I leave my house a half hour before my treatments; I guess I will just have to try it and see.
I also went with my mom for her 6 month checkup with the oncologist. She had a normal mammogram, and is still cancer free, so that is a big relief. She had non Hodgkins lymphoma 7 years ago.
At least with the sitting and waiting I did today, I did get some reading done; I hope I'll be done with my current book before the month is over, but I'm not going to force myself to finish it by a certain date if I am too tired. And I think for the book I read next, I'll choose a shorter one, lol.