I’ve had a rough couple of days! I studied hard during the week and especially on Thursday for a Coaching and Performance Mgmt exam on Friday. I studied until about 10pm, set up my dialysis machine, and went to sleep. I woke up at around 4am and I wasn’t feeling good at all. I felt totally nauseated. I recirculated my machine and got up to go to the bathroom. I got there just in time as I got that “watery mouth feeling” that you sometimes get when you’re about to throw up…and I did. I sat grabbed my cell phone and called my Dad (aka the house). I heard the phone ring a few times as I waited for Dad to pick up.

He must have seen my number on the call display as I didn’t say much when he answered the phone. All I could do was throw up. He quickly came upstairs and comforted me. He made me a hot water bottle, tea, and gave me some gravol to take. He encouraged me to re-connect myself to my machine. I did, but about 30 minutes later I had to go to the washroom again. I decided to just wash my blood back and forget about dialysis for the rest of that night.

My stomach was in knots. I didn’t eat much out of the ordinary, except I ate lunch at a place across the street from my school. But I would think that if that lunch were going to make me ill, I’d have felt ill before 4am in the morning. I know this because I did a gastric emptying test before…and I’ve been told that I actually digest food slightly quicker than an average person.

That said, I had to miss my coaching exam on Friday and work on Saturday. My prof for that class was very understanding as I knew he would be. After all of the stress of school and the NKE, I’m just glad that this week is reading week, so I can catch up on assignments, maybe catch up with a few friends…but mostly just RELAX!


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