I thought I would share with you some things that have helped me. I did a little experiment and wanted to post the results here, but thought I would add one or two more things that may help someone.
The experiment came about by accident. Weekends are my sick time. I may be able to post a short blog post today, but before my discovery chances are I would be in bed. Granted I really have spent most of the day in bed, but my sickness isn’t as nearly as bad now.
As many of you have probably guessed, I am referring to the days after my injections. It used to be I was completely useless 2-3 days after the injections most weekends. Now if there is a 3rd day I am much less sick and although I still need to sleep off the effects of the meds, I don’t feel as sick.
One Saturday, I grabbed a g2 (gatorade) when I was thirsty instead of water. Just wanted something with flavor. Anyways, I felt better later that day. After that any time I didn’t feel well I would grab a g2. Then I wondered since coconut water has electrolytes if it would work the same. My guy brought home samples of coconut water from his work not knowing I was thinking of buying some. The samples were of coco libre and amy’s and brian’s coconut juice. They worked! In fact better than the g2. Unfortunately the samples he brought home weren’t being sold at his warehouse so after research I decided to order a case of c2o coconut water. Many reviews online said it is the closest canned water they have tasted to the real thing. And just for those concerned about it, it comes from Thailand that has very stringent regulations on cat food so I figured chances are it extends to people food too. ;) On a side note, since drinking the coconut water (almost everyday now) I noticed it does make a difference in your skin. I’ve been in to coconut water since before it was a big thing and I am glad it is because the price has come down. But, now that I am older I can see the claim on it being good for skin isn’t a myth. Works great on making my crows feet less noticeable (no joke). It was the only thing I changed. Using the same eye cream which hasn’t been doing enough for awhile (just using it up) and now I don’t think I need to buy another one!
The other thing I wanted to share is for those of you who struggle with IBS. If you aren’t already drinking peppermint tea, maybe you should. Ever eat something and find that it wasn’t fine for you to eat and you get cramps? This stuff seriously calms things down and fast. I also read on the www that it helps with D. Don’t know if that is true, but something to keep in mind.
I may have missed Kelly’s blog carnival due to being sick and I haven’t read all the posts so I am sure someone said this already, but the very obvious answer for pain: icy hot. We do have an arnica gel by hyland’s too, but when I am really bad it works for a second or two and wears right off. So if you haven’t read this post on Kelly’s blog and want more info on ways to non medically help with your pain, be sure to check it out. (I will be working my way through it looking for a good electric can opener idea.)
Edited to add: Here is a link to another blog post where fellow patient discusses how gatorade g2 helps them with mtx hangover.