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by KimT
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pill thru j tube
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Pill thru j tube

I am a nurse and this is based on my own experience. Pills are meant to be digested in the stomach and absorbed in the intestines. When you crush them, it can change the absorption rate and efficacy. Some pills cannot be crushed at all. You have the added issue of a j tube. The problem with putting ...
by KimT
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Very scared - would love feedback re mucus
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: Very scared - would love feedback re mucus

We aren’t doctors. You need to address any concerns with your doctor. Good luck.
by KimT
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Airline experiences?
Replies: 10
Views: 468

Re: Airline experiences?

I lived in Thailand for several years. My experience with international flights in general is there is a lot less flexibility. There are limited flights to start with. Some of these long flights might be offered only once per day. Chicago to New York is a short flight with dozens of flights offered ...
by KimT
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just need to vent because I’m angry
Replies: 16
Views: 855

Re: Just need to vent because I’m angry

Life isn’t fair. Your sister doesn’t owe it to you to put herself through chemo. Your love and support should not be dependent upon her choosing treatment you approve of. Not one of us is going to beat the clock. The only guarantee in life is that we are all going to die. You have an opportunity to ...
by KimT
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: HELP! suspended treatment (nephrology)
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: HELP! suspended treatment (nephrology)

Have they mentioned dialysis? In my experience as a nurse, stage 4 kidney disease requires dialysis. They may not be able to resume chemo until dialysis is begun.
by KimT
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Insurance question: Are colonoscopies considered preventative?
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Insurance question: Are colonoscopies considered preventative?

I have to pay towards my deductible for mine. Most insurance don’t consider preventive once you have been diagnosed with cancer. It’s considered follow up.
by KimT
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm getting worried
Replies: 29
Views: 1694

Re: I'm getting worried

I get yearly colonoscopies. I’ve had several gi doctors as we have moved a lot in the last 10 years. I always get my pathology reports by mail. It’s pretty common to send it by mail if it’s benign. I wouldn’t worry. They would have called if there was a malignancy.
by KimT
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rogaine! seems to be working for me
Replies: 14
Views: 1164

Re: Rogaine! seems to be working for me

I used rogaine for a few months. It works great but you do have to keep using it. When I stopped, my hair loss was more than before I had started using it. I’m now on a hair supplement called halo beauty. I’ve had amazing results with regrowth. My hair grows faster than ever before. It took a year t...
by KimT
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 499

Re: Questions

We aren’t doctors. We cant guess on your situation. Good luck. Let us know how your biopsy turns out.
by KimT
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Worried about chemo port
Replies: 24
Views: 1819

Re: Worried about chemo port

I’m a nurse although I do not have a lot of experience with the chest chemo ports. As I recall, they are pretty well buttoned down. Unless you see that the length of the tube outside is longer than before, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I’d just mention it to the doctor or chemo nurse next time...
by KimT
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Worrying symptoms
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Worrying symptoms

Calm down. I don’t mind questions from people who don’t have cancer but I do mind when people act hysterical as if they are on deaths door when they have not diagnosed. Palliative care is the reality of some of the members of this board. Have a little sensitivity when you come to a board of cancer p...
by KimT
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life insurance, anyone?
Replies: 16
Views: 1833

Re: Life insurance, anyone?

It might be beneficial to hire a financial planner. We have had one for 20 years. He has been very helpful in us maximizing our savings/investments and preparing for every possible outcome should one of us die or become disabled. Especially if it’s my husband as I have not worked in 10 years. A fina...
by KimT
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life insurance, anyone?
Replies: 16
Views: 1833

Re: Life insurance, anyone?

It will probably be quite difficult to get life insurance with a stage 4 diagnosis and doing active treatment.
by KimT
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy Scheduled but nervous and looking for advice/talking off the ledge
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Re: Colonoscopy Scheduled but nervous and looking for advice/talking off the ledge

Only a colonoscopy will tell for sure what is going on. You’ve got one scheduled which is a good thing.

We are not doctors and speculating on what might be your problem would be irresponsible.

Good luck.

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