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by ocstacy
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Husband recovering from LAR and need opinions on Path report please!
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Husband recovering from LAR and need opinions on Path report please!

My husband had his LAR surgery last week laparoscopic. He seems to be doing well except he has lost about 10lbs and he is already skinny! Anyways, had our follow up with the surgeon this week and he gave us the staging. My mom just had LAR surgery on 10/17 and she is still in the hospital. The nurs...
by ocstacy
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Possible hernia post surgery?
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Re: Possible hernia post surgery?

Could the bulge be due to gas (still in her body) as a result of surgery. I have hernia around my stoma, there is NO pain, so when you talk of a pain level 9, I'm wondering if something else is going on. Maybe that very gas could be the culprit for her pain. Do follow up with Dr.(s). Hi Lee, The pa...
by ocstacy
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Possible hernia post surgery?
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Possible hernia post surgery?

Hi all, Did anyone experience getting a hernia after laparoscopic colectomy surgery? I was hoping that my mother would be home by now but she is staying longer due to her condition. Her hospital is about an hour away so I will be seeing her tomorrow. The nurse mentioned something about her possibly...
by ocstacy
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is in two days!
Replies: 27
Views: 564

Re: Mom's surgery is in two days!

I would love to not take opiods or prescription painkillers and just go with OTC stuff. My manager made it clear that I should be recovering and not working but I'm the kind of person that can go nuts if not doing something productive. Hi there, My mom was on a push pen type of med where it release...
by ocstacy
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is in two days!
Replies: 27
Views: 564

Re: Mom's surgery is in two days!

Glad she made it through surgery. Make sure she does lots of walking as that really does help with the healing process. We are still at the hospital, looks like she will be going home this Sunday. My mom is napping right now as she needs the much needed sleep. Today, the catheter came out and she w...
by ocstacy
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is in two days!
Replies: 27
Views: 564

Re: Mom's surgery is in two days!

Good Luck to you and your mom. You have been such a great caregiver and support for her. Hopefully, she does well. I don't remember too much severe pain after surgery, and learning to empty my bag was pretty easy as well. Thank you so much! She just got out of surgery, the operation lasted 4 hours!...
by ocstacy
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is in two days!
Replies: 27
Views: 564

Re: Mom's surgery is in two days!

Feel free to vent anytime. That is what we are here for. Just keep your focus on your mom and her care, that is the best you can do in a situation like this. Thank you Anne! I too, have been seeing a Kaiser Therapist every 3 weeks and it helps. It's funny because my father and brother have no empat...
by ocstacy
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is in two days!
Replies: 27
Views: 564

Re: Mom's surgery is in two days!

Thank you all!! It's been an emotional journey with lots of ups and downs. I can tell you this is the closest I've been with my mom in over many many years. She really really depends on me for everything and TRUSTS me with all medical needs and decision. She was so worried yesterday I told her to ta...
by ocstacy
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is in two days!
Replies: 27
Views: 564

Mom's surgery is in two days!

Phew! It's getting close. I had my mom take an Ativan tonight as the Dr. ok'd it since she hasn't been able to sleep for three days straight. I assume it's the nerves and anxiety. It's her first surgery ever in her life. I will be staying the night with her at the hospital the 1st two nights. She wi...
by ocstacy
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: After radiation side effects?
Replies: 5
Views: 331

Re: After radiation side effects?

The broken glass feeling went away one week after my last radiology treatment. My mom refers it to "ice pick" feeling.. "knife feeling", "burning".. she has to take hydrocodone with coating to feel better. I would say she tolderated the Xeloda and radiation very good u...
by ocstacy
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy results not in a good place
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: Colonoscopy results not in a good place

I'm terrified and I have already googled too much. So much that I know bigger polyps are likely to be cancerous. The doctor didn't act concerned at all. I have a 2 year old. I don't have the mental ability right now to be strong . My word of advice. Do not Google, it makes your anxiety worst. After...
by ocstacy
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy Prep
Replies: 20
Views: 627

Re: Colonoscopy Prep

The colonoscopy is tomorrow and that is why I am having so much fun today :-( Wish me luck. This may make you laugh but I used my uncle's bed side toilet commode while watching t.v. during my prep. It was the best cause I didn't have to get up and walk to the bathroom as much. It was actually GOLDE...
by ocstacy
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is set for 10/17/17
Replies: 21
Views: 751

Re: Mom's surgery is set for 10/17/17

We had help with my mother from social workers - they were able to provide a lot of help for my mother, even with four of us to help her out. Eldercare is a huge amount of work even for more than one. Thank-you for helping to take care of your mother as it's the kind of thing that we should all do....
by ocstacy
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is set for 10/17/17
Replies: 21
Views: 751

Re: Mom's surgery is set for 10/17/17

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to talk or vent. I sent my facebook info to your inbox, I'll get a notification if you contact me there. That way I can get back to you sooner Thank you very much. I do feel very alone with this. My husband is supportive but he mainly j...
by ocstacy
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom's surgery is set for 10/17/17
Replies: 21
Views: 751

Re: Mom's surgery is set for 10/17/17

I finished three weeks ago and things were tough for a little while but I'm in good shape right now. I'm putting on weight but I suspect that it's muscle (have done a lot of strength-training the past week). I will be going through what your mother is going through though I don't know if it's a tem...

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