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by NHMike
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What to expect - LAR
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Re: What to expect - LAR

I would assume that you'll have the LAR and a temp ileostomy put in that will allow your large intestine to heal and make things easier for adjuvant chemo. But you should check with your surgeon on this. I had surgery on Monday and left the hospital on Friday so four nights. I've heard of people goi...
by NHMike
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

The CEA just came though and it's 1.2. This is the lowest number I've seen since around the LAR. Scans are more important though.
by NHMike
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

Isn't it sad that health insurance is what drives so many of the important decisions about our life? I am concerned that is I were to retire I would not be able to get insurance I can afford because of this preexisting condition. Glad to here things are settling for you. Susan The ACA plans are sup...
by NHMike
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is a ileostomy reversal worth it for a 60 year old guy?
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Is a ileostomy reversal worth it for a 60 year old guy?

Hello Steve, Mike, Did your surgeon say no to enemas because it was too soon after reversal when you asked? I know there needs to be a healing period. I was almost a year and a half after reversal when I began doing them. I am on that LARS page and there are some that were given the okay or surgeon...
by NHMike
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ileo Reversal - LAR recovery
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Ileo Reversal - LAR recovery

I have a long thread with a lot of gory details but it would take some time finding the stuff on the reversal. My reversal was July 30, 2017 and things are still challenging but the first week was very difficult. The first week is hard because the large intestine has been resting and the job of remo...
by NHMike
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Happy Post- Rectal Metastatic to Liver, now cured
Replies: 14
Views: 663

Re: Happy Post- Rectal Metastatic to Liver, now cured

I'm happy to hear that the treatment went very well.
by NHMike
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is a ileostomy reversal worth it for a 60 year old guy?
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Is a ileostomy reversal worth it for a 60 year old guy?

Hello Steve, I'm almost 60 and had a reversal at the end of July last year. It was quite horrible the first couple of weeks but part of that was that I didn't know what to expect. The surgeon told me at the first post-op that the first week is horrible and that it can take a year to get to someplace...
by NHMike
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

Things have improved with rest and stools are relatively firm now and the liquidy stuff has been gone for about five days. There really isn't any abdominal pain anymore though there is fairly noisy gurgling in the area. I think that there's scar tissue that slows things down and there's some benefit...
by NHMike
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

Oncologist: Your bloodwork looks great. Your CT Scan looks great. You need a colonoscopy. See you in three months and six months for bloodwork. Next scan is in 2020. Work is getting easier and I'll get back to reading the board more. We missed the deadline but that's a good thing as the product isn'...
by NHMike
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

I found the main reason for the blockages and it's doing pullups. I had various suspicions and thought it was drinks and/or foods but I eliminated a bunch of things that I suspected and then noticed a pattern where I had an incident, it would get better, and then come back after five or seven days. ...
by NHMike
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

I went to the bathroom Saturday morning and it was a relief that things were working. I haven't gone since then (3 days) but I haven't really eaten much of anything. I'm at Dana Farber right now drinking prep for a CT Scan. I thought I was going to see the doctor but I'm glad I showed up early as I ...
by NHMike
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

I had a hard-boiled egg, a piece of toast and a bunch of saltines for dinner and woke up at 5:00 AM, and, nothing. That's a very good sign as it normally takes eight hours for food to get through the small intestine and it's either through or blocked. I've had some water and the water seems to go th...
by NHMike
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

What about Ensure or other nutritional drinks? I drank Ensure once and couldn't stand it. I have a box of Organic Broth in the office today and I'm going to heat that up and sip on it. I also have some Nuun tablets and a can of soup. The soup has macaroni and beans in it but I could just have the b...
by NHMike
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

I'm feeling a lot better today. I can drink fluids without it resulting in pain. I will try some solid food at some point, maybe tomorrow. I got 11 hours (according to my watch) of sleep last night but I think that I rested a lot more than that. I'm suspecting that something was inflamed. At any rat...
by NHMike
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1415
Views: 267785

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

I know that when there is paralytic ileus (which is similar to and comorbid with blockage), the system needs to rest before it reboots. However, I could be wrong but I think that if you continually depriving the small intestine of food, it slows down to match intake. This could be exacerbating the ...

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