Senokot, Miralax, and DulcoEase


So I started taking Lynparza (Lynn) 10 days ago.  Days 1, 2, 3 – fine.  Days 4, 5, 6 – not so fine.  Every. side. effect. in. the. book.  Including nausea, headache, chills, body aches, extreme fatgiue, constipation.  Mom even came down on Tuesday with food and to play with Xander (Tim was away) so I could sleep.  On Wednesday, I went for blood work and a chest x-ray to make sure there were no weird infections going on, and my nurse coordinator called and said, “Maria, your blood work is better than mine.”  Since then, I have been fine again.  Well, maybe a little tired.  But also, I am always a little tired.  Oh yeah, and my digestion is all messed up.

Like, today I took Senokot, Miralax, and DulcoEase.

Um. I have colon cancer, and I have NEVER had a problem with my colon (says no person ever).

I have noticed that Lynn gives me a little bit of nausea, so I’ve been taking Zofran (anti-nausea), which causes constipation.  I only took one yesterday, and none today, just to see if that helps.  I’m not COMPLETELY movement-less, but my belly feels crampy and bloated.  And of course, then I worry about the bloating and crampiness being the cancer growing (when the most likely scenario is compacted stool).

Ah yes.  Blogs about poop.

Also, I have a scan and more blood work this Thursday.  I am not overly freaked out about this scan, since my last scan was less than two months ago.  We already know that the CEA tumor markers were rising…so if there is something new or a little bigger, I have to be OK with that.

But what if the scan is BETTER?  Like, what if this pill does some crazy wonderful things?  I mean, now that I’m feeling OK, I feel like I can write something like that. Those first few days – I was really REALLY worried that I was going to feel like crap for months and I was already making the decision in my head to go back to chemo.  At least with chemo I feel crappy for 4 days, but get 10 good ones.  But now I feel like at least we have a shot!

Oh yeah, I also had an infected ingrown toenail clipped out on Tuesday.  yeeouch.  No pain meds, ya’ll, ’cause there could be drug interactions.

Life at its finest, guys.  I’ll work on the poop.


2 thoughts on “Senokot, Miralax, and DulcoEase

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  1. Maria – all I can say is love you, admire your spunk and pray for you constantly. Hoping the scan is positive and that this makes you even more determined to fight this stupid cancer!

    Love you!


  2. Cancer sucks, but you continue to fight it with an amazing sense of humor and wit. I love love love your posts. I knew in HS you were a very special person…..You continue to prove that day in and day out!!! Love you Maria!!!


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