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by Jannine
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm getting worried
Replies: 29
Views: 1670

Re: I'm getting worried

Sounds about right. I know they predicted I might be in the hospital another 3 or 4 days after surgery, but they sent me home a lot sooner than that.
by Jannine
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm getting worried
Replies: 29
Views: 1670

Re: I'm getting worried

I can't speak to gallbladder removal; I had 10 inches of colon including the sigmoid removed a year and a half ago in laparoscopic surgery. Perhaps my experience will be helpful, though. I was up and walking around about 24 hours after surgery, which was much later than we all would have liked. Ther...
by Jannine
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need to vent
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: I need to vent

Back on antibiotics. This time I had a tooth that was going bad. It had a root canal 18 years ago but has looked suspect at the root for quite a while. Last month they x-rayed it and there was definitely infection going on at the root. So today I had it pulled, with the intent of adding an implant i...
by Jannine
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1607
Views: 346519

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

Thanks for the mention of Banatrol. At this point anything that claims to help with c diff gets my attention quick. The stuff I am taking now does seem to help, but it is expensive and it needs to be kept cool to retain its efficacy. Taking it with me on a trip would be a pain. (Still haven't had a ...
by Jannine
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The 10 most obese states in the U.S.
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Re: The 10 most obese states in the U.S.

Adding to Boxhill's comment, colorectal cancer rates within each state vary drastically from county to county. Economic disparities and access to health care are a big factor. As we all know, obesity is just one risk factor among many. Highlighting obesity isn't any more informative than highlightin...
by Jannine
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need to vent
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: I need to vent

I had no problems with the Bactrim, fortunately. I took Align for a week, until my shipment of Visbiome arrived yesterday. (This is the rebranded original formula of VSL#3, apparently.) It came in a big 12" square refrigerated box, along with a sensor that turns red if it got too warm at any po...
by Jannine
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm getting worried
Replies: 29
Views: 1670

Re: I'm getting worried

Just want to chime in and say that I would not be happy about all those symptoms you're having either. Here's hoping you don't have cancer, and that you do get to the bottom of whatever's going on soon. Keep at your docs and get them to keep looking for an answer. It doesn't sound to me like a situa...
by Jannine
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 581
Views: 149362

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

Congrats!! So happy for you! :D
by Jannine
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need to vent
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: I need to vent

Thanks, all; the words of encouragement and suggestions helped a lot. I was able to grab Align and am taking that. Nobody around here had VSL#3 or visbiome in stock (I called a LOT of pharmacies), and apparently if you buy it direct they only ship Monday-Wednesday. But I'll take the Align for now, a...
by Jannine
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need to vent
Replies: 9
Views: 972

I need to vent

I got a urinary tract infection (thanks, menopause :evil: ) yesterday and am on a 3 day course of Bactrim antibiotics. I just started my 2nd day of the pills and my gut is rebelling, I've been in the bathroom repeatedly with diarrhea. I know I didn't have any real alternatives to antibiotics for thi...
by Jannine
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects
Replies: 79
Views: 27757

Re: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects

It's been a while since I've posted to this thread, but: Had my bloodwork yesterday morning, CEA is holding steady at 1.8 and everything else looked fine. I'll have bloodwork and my 6-month CT scan in January. If that looks good she'll be pushing me back to an annual CT scan. Over the summer I contr...
by Jannine
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: When I started chemotherapy...
Replies: 21
Views: 3866

Re: When I started chemotherapy...

Congrats Mob!!! I'm so happy for you!!
by Jannine
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 147
Views: 18339

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

I decided to get the bloodwork drawn the afternoon before the infusion to decrease the elapsed time that I was at the infusion. So I'd go there the afternoon before, get blood drawn on the way home from work, and just go home so it saved the hour waiting for the bloodwork results. This is brilliant...
by Jannine
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What to expect when chemo is finished
Replies: 6
Views: 1063

Re: What to expect when chemo is finished

I completed 6 rounds of FOLFOX treatment in December 2018; I didn't get any Oxaliplatin at my last 2 chemo appointments. I still have some neuropathy but it has improved significantly since January, and does not affect my quality of life. I also get some slight swelling in my feet at the end of the ...
by Jannine
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 147
Views: 18339

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

I never smelled anything weird, fortunately. I got cold sensitivity with every infusion, so I could not have done the ice chips thing. I had to ask the nurses not to put ice in my water and even then it was sometimes too cold. So I eventually started to microwave water to heat it up a bit, and take ...

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