A Doctor’s Experience With Nausea – What the Patient Must be Experiencing?

I come across patients everyday complaining of terrible nausea & vomiting after chemotherapy and I try to console them by saying that it will get better with time. Sometimes, I feel that unless you have experienced something yourself, you cannot explain the feeling to some other person.

I have been fortunate enough not to encounter chemo myself, but my understanding of post chemotherapy nausea and the helplessness which one feels in that situation came during our recent whale watching trip in South Africa. Me, my wife and her sister were in a small boat along with 5 other people searching for whales off the coast of Knysna, South Africa. The three of us suffer from motion sickness but we never anticipated that this boat ride will give us a tough time. The initial 30-40 minutes of the boat ride were quite comfortable, as the water was calm. The problem started when the boat started getting rocked by huge waves in the middle of the ocean. My wife was the first one to get started, followed by her sister. I was sitting in the middle, passing the bucket around from one person to the other. They must have vomited at least 5-6 times during our two hours whale watching trip and there was very little we could do to help them out. In fact, towards the end of the boat ride, I also experienced a terrible pang of nausea, followed by a bout of vomiting. It is at that time I realised what cancer patients must be feeling every time they undergo chemotherapy. It is such a terrible feeling and no amount of medicines or consoling helps at that time.

The only saving grace for us was that we had an excellent whale sighting during our trip and every time someone on the boat vomited (5 out of the 8 members on the boat vomited), the whale used to come out to check on us 🙂 🙂 (attaching some pictures)

Concerned whale checking us out :)

Concerned whale checking us out 🙂

Whale 1

Advertisements

Shining bright

Solar powered lantern

Solar powered lantern!!

 

“Shine with all you have. When someone tries to blow you out, just take their oxygen and burn brighter.” 
– Katelyn S. Irons

 

Clicked this picture in Rajasthan and I timed the click in such a way, that the setting sun was right behind the lantern.

Fly like an eagle

Fly like an eagle

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I’m free
Oh, Lord, through the revolution

Feed the babies
Who don’t have enough to eat
Shoe the children
With no shoes on their feet
House the people
Livin’ in the street
Oh, oh, there’s a solution

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I’m free
Fly through the revolution

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I’m free
Fly through the revolution

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future

– Steve Miller

Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand

This picture was clicked by me during my visit to the Osian Sand Dunes, close to Jodhpur, Rajasthan. I was roaming around my tent, when I saw this beetle darting from one end to the other carrying small pieces of food for her little ones. She kept on doing this for  half an hour and every time she crossed the sand, she left her footprints behind.

The same holds true in life as well. Every time we do a good deed, we leave our mark behind. So keep on working hard and doing good deeds!!

Colors of nature

Colors of Nature

Colors of Nature

All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.

JOHN LUBBOCK, The Beauties of Nature

Clicked this beauty from a moving bus during the Scottish Highlands tour. It perfectly displays the various colors and shades of nature and has a feel good factor associated with it. This is one of the background pictures on my computer and it inspires me every time I look at it.