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by NHMike
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center
Replies: 7
Views: 1419

Re: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Tests have better availability in my state and I plan to get the Antibody test though I'd like to get the Roche test and I don't know if any providers have it yet. I haven't been sick since December and January, family came down with something that was mild with really oddball symptoms and I'd like ...
by NHMike
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T - surgery a few days ago, it hurts and need advice
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Re: O/T - surgery a few days ago, it hurts and need advice

I assume that they know what they are doing. I woke up with staples in my abdomen and the doctor said that she would pull them out with pliers in the office. I was pretty freaked out about doing that but she had me lie down and just grabbed them and yanked them out. It was not painful. People are ve...
by NHMike
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1685
Views: 412137

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I am really sorry for your loss. These things make also feel us more vulnerable and lonely. A big hug Claudia Thanks. The pandemic is tough on people all over with a lot of frustration and difficult getting access to things that we normally take for granted. There are deaths due to people not being...
by NHMike
Wed May 27, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW HERE - ADVICE PLEASE
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: NEW HERE - ADVICE PLEASE

I had considerable pain after surgery in my lower back. It might have been on the right side. I felt this in the recovery room and I was still under the effect of painkillers during surgery. It was odd because I had several holes in my body and they weren't causing any pain. So I asked for a folded ...
by NHMike
Wed May 27, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1685
Views: 412137

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

A coworker died yesterday of lung cancer. He was diagnosed a few months before I was and we talked about the kind of cancer stuff that people with cancer talk about (stuff that's discussed here). His was inoperable but he was kept alive with targeted therapies. He wasn't able to go to the hospital f...
by NHMike
Tue May 26, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Time
Replies: 8
Views: 1105

Re: Time

I had some pretty dark thoughts and updated my will a few times through treatment so cancer can play with your head and get you worrying a lot. I remember thinking that it was a death sentence when diagnosed. I later spoke with my GI doctor and he said it's going to be rough but that I'd make it thr...
by NHMike
Mon May 25, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?
Replies: 789
Views: 323400

Re: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?

That's excellent news. I think that hospitals are opening up for more services in a lot of places as COVID numbers decline. I hope that COVID numbers continue to decline to reduce the stress on cancer patients and survivors.
by NHMike
Sun May 17, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1685
Views: 412137

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I just have some stuff in a LaTeX file. I started a new job in February and it's 9:30 AM to 12:30 AM. It's on my long todo list.
by NHMike
Sat May 16, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1685
Views: 412137

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Cool with the new bike! Have you tried kettlebells? I have two of them at home and it is quite a flexible training. Here it is still snowing, but soon the rain will come as well. All the best Claudia I don't have kettlebells but I have used them in the gym. I generally pick dumbbells and barbells o...
by NHMike
Thu May 14, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1685
Views: 412137

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Finally got the spin bike assembled and took it for a spin for ten minutes. I think that it will take some time to get the muscles accustomed to cycling but it is really easy on the joints. One thing that I've noticed is that it's a lot harder to get the heartrate up. Running gets the heartrate up v...
by NHMike
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New member seeking input
Replies: 2
Views: 897

Re: New member seeking input

Things may get better with time. My surgeon told me this at many times and I've heard that it can take two years for things to improve. Or maybe we just get better at managing things. What I've found is that there are things that speed flow and things that slow flow. Things like coffee, dairy, Miral...
by NHMike
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Possibly Stopping Folfox after 6 Infusions
Replies: 4
Views: 870

Re: Possibly Stopping Folfox after 6 Infusions

I was scheduled for 8 rounds of Capox. We wound up doing 6 and reducing the Oxi and Xeloda doses.

I had this in a New Hampshire winter and the Oxi was doing a number on my toes and the Xeloda on my fingers. Yes, fatigue and nausea were pretty bad too.
by NHMike
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hello - I'm new here
Replies: 4
Views: 947

Re: Hello - I'm new here

You've had a very tough time of things. On the neuropathy: it got worse for me through chemo but it always went away. Until it didn't. Two years later it is still there but at about a 60% level from where it was. The main thing is that it isn't painful now when it's cold. It's still there but I don'...
by NHMike
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: BM incontinence
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: BM incontinence

I'd suggest figuring out which foods speed things up and which slow them down. Sometimes you want faster and sometimes you want slower. For me: Caffeine speeds things up. Miralax speeds things up. Potatoes (including sweet potatoes) really slow things down. Magnesium speeds things up. Fiber bulks th...
by NHMike
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1685
Views: 412137

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Short run in the snow this morning. I'm going to go back outside once I make gear adjustments. My windbreaker has a hood but it doesn't fit snugly - it blows off easily. I could wear a balaclava but it would get wet after a short period. I'm running in the snow because it's going to rain in a few ho...

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