Nausea is an awful feeling and is definitely something we don't like to experience. It's a loss of control and a pretty scary feeling. However, sometimes it's unavoidable. For example, when we are driving in the car (especially the back seat!), riding in an airplane, taking a bus or train, or sometimes we're just plain sick. However, if you're reading this, you've probably experienced nausea when going through certain cancer treatments. It is a typical side effect of chemo and, unfortunately, it's one of the very unpleasant reactions many of us encounter. My daughter, Crystal, found a way to get through this!
That nauseous feeling
I was with my daughter, Crystal, throughout most of her chemo appointments. Almost every time she went she became extremely fatigued and nauseous. Many times the nauseous feeling would start in the car before we even got to the cancer center. They gave her medicine to try to combat the upset she was feeling, but it didn't always work and sometimes she wasn't able to take the medicine.
As her mother, for me, this was a horrible thing to have to watch. I felt so helpless and useless as I sat with her and didn't have a clue of what I could do to make her feel better. I just stayed by her side, prayed, and hoped that these procedures would pass quickly and be worth all the suffering Crystal was going through. Luckily for us, it turned out well, but as many of you know, the journey to get there was hell!
Making it a little better
Crystal is a very smart girl and she did a lot of research online about her illness. She was also very active on different social media platforms where she talked with others about her cancer. One day she came across something called Queasy Drops. They were highly recommended by some of the people in the groups she followed and she bought some. These became a lifesaver for her. Unfortunately, she found out about them toward the end of her treatments, but she used them each time because they helped so much. The Queasy Drops came as lozenges or lollipops and she would suck on them before and during chemo. She thought they worked amazingly well and she told everyone in her social media groups about them. She was so impressed with them that when she made her chemo bags, she decided to order some to give out as part of the content in each of the bags. She never talked about how the Queasy Drops tasted, but she didn't seem to mind and they were definitely better than the alternative.
The reason for this post is to share some information that you, a friend, or a family member may need to know about. I wish we would have known about these drops sooner. If we did things may not have been so rough on Crystal. Just wondering what some of you did during treatments to help you get through them? I really hope this post helps if you're going through treatment and feeling nauseous.
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