T + 111 Forty-two Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-four (PG)
Rated Potentially Gruesome for references to runny bottoms.
Yesterday didn't get off to a great start with having to go to the loo ( or open my bowels as the medicos say ) four times before midday and although nowhere near as bad diarrhoea as when I was in hospital it was obviously not right.
I took a couple of loperamide ( Immodium ) and this cleared everything up quite quickly but that is most likely just dealing with the symptoms and not the cause. That could be one of a number of things. It could be a stomach bug of some description, a reaction to the steroids and/or anti-fungal meds or it could be the Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) moving on to another area, the gut.
I don't think it is a stomach bug as it didn't have that sort of intensity to it, I didn't have a temperature and could eat fairly normally. In theory the steroids should be combating the GVHD wherever it is, skin, gut etc. so maybe it is a reaction to the new meds.
I took another couple of doses Immodium at the prescribed intervals throughout the day to ensure everything was settled down and I had a reasonable night. Today I've had one normal bowel movement but have had quite bad acid indigestion and trapped wind after every time I've had something to eat. Some antacid chews have helped alleviate this and it might just be I over did it with the Immodium. It's always a balancing act.
Hopefully things will start to settle down tomorrow. I'm due at the transplant clinic on Wednesday so I'm hoping I won't need to get anymore medical advice or intervention before then. As long as things don't get any worse then I feel fine about waiting until Wednesday.
Back to Work
Despite my tummy troubles I logged on to work at just before 08:00 for my first day working from home since the beginning of September. Getting up at 07:00 was quite a task as I've been used to getting up between 08:00 and 08:30.
I've spent the day doing administration stuff and connecting in to the new email system we have been migrated to and generally finding my feet.
Waiting for me in my inbox were 42,144 emails. I was able to weed lots of these out as automated messages about events and support calls long since resolved and I actually only had 223 messages from real humans.
I've been able to use my new Mac Mini to do all my work today once I had cleared down the emails using my laptop PC from work. I'd much rather be able to use Mini for work than the laptop as it is easy to just walk in to the study and it's all set up I just have to logon plus I can have iTunes play me music all day to keep me company and generally use a better operating system.
I felt a bit tired when I had a break at lunch and could easily have taken a nap but I was able to carry on.
I think it will be an early night tonight.