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by gtownguy
Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Slowing down ileostomy
Replies: 14
Views: 1633

Re: Slowing down ileostomy

I never tried Metamucil but peanut butter, mashed potatoes, and white rice worked for me.
by gtownguy
Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Advice for managing diarrhea with ostomy
Replies: 13
Views: 5018

Re: Advice for managing diarrhea with ostomy

I was only on FOLFOX - not Avastin - but I went through chemo with my temporary ileostomy as well. For me, diarrhea really wasn't much of a problem. If my output seemed to be getting more liquid, over the counter Imodium 2 or 3 times a day seemed to work fine. I did have one big leak at the clinic, ...
by gtownguy
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Repeat Colonoscopy, how often?
Replies: 17
Views: 2399

Re: Repeat Colonoscopy, how often?

My oncologist recommended a colonoscopy annually. I'm having my first one post-surgery next month.
by gtownguy
Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: question for all survivors
Replies: 29
Views: 2988

Re: question for all survivors

Probably the nicest, most useful, and least unexpected thing was a care package from The Pampered Patient that a former co-worker sent me. She and I had only kept in touch off and on over the last few years and this very timely gift arrived right in the middle of chemo. Then there were so many other...
by gtownguy
Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Does anything help with the coughing?
Replies: 10
Views: 2145

Re: Does anything help with the coughing?

I, too, have been having awful coughing fits since December and no one has been able to figure them out. At times I have coughed so violently I have either passed out briefly or thrown up all over myself. In January I even spent a week in the hospital having all kinds of tests but unfortunately not ...
by gtownguy
Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: SO LONG STOMA and how to avoid the NG tube
Replies: 7
Views: 1139

Re: SO LONG STOMA and how to avoid the NG tube

Shannon, SO glad to hear that things are going well for you. I'm 8 months post-reversal and overall things are pretty good for me as well. I've been eating whatever I want and haven't really had any problems. Once in a while, there's an occasional bad bathroom day, but that's not very often. The onl...
by gtownguy
Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Getting the port removed
Replies: 13
Views: 1440

Re: Getting the port removed

I, too, had my port removed at the same time they did my ileostomy reversal. That took place about 3 months after I'd finished chemo.
by gtownguy
Sun May 25, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Two questions - cannabis oil & aspirin
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Re: Two questions - cannabis oil & aspirin

Cannot speak to the cannabis oil - never tried it. As for the aspirin... At my last appointment, my oncologist recommended that I start taking one aspirin daily. I'd never heard this before, but according to him, studies have shown that it can reduce the chances of a reoccurrence. Not sure what, if ...
by gtownguy
Sun May 25, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Increasing Numbness in Feet, Treatments??
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: Increasing Numbness in Feet, Treatments??

Just thought I'd mention that my neuropathy really got much worse 3 months AFTER I had finished FOLFOX. During chemo, the numbness and tingling was rather off and on, but now it completely there, all the time. Also accompanied by a bit of joint pain, especially in my knees. I'm on my feet at work al...
by gtownguy
Sat May 17, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: not a fan of the "new normal"
Replies: 64
Views: 6939

Re: not a fan of the "new normal"

Although I have so much to be thankful for, I'm really not thrilled how much of my "new normal" is centered around the bathroom. What used to be a normal bodily function has gone from no big deal to almost an obsession. It's always rather stressful having to worry about how often will I ha...
by gtownguy
Sun May 04, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please Help. Reversal back 2 bag 4 2nd time complications!
Replies: 4
Views: 851

Re: Please Help. Reversal back 2 bag 4 2nd time complication

Really sorry you have to go through all this and hope it improves real soon!

Just a thought - have you been seen by an ostomy nurse? If not, maybe he/she could help with the leaking bags as well as the pain.
by gtownguy
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ileostomy Reversal-Is there anything I can do to prepare?
Replies: 19
Views: 4010

Re: Ileostomy Reversal-Is there anything I can do to prepare

My surgeon definitely warned me about any heavy lifting. He also mentioned that I shouldn't do any exercises that involve abs until a year after surgery.
by gtownguy
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am new here : rectal cancer stage 3
Replies: 27
Views: 3376

Re: I am new here : rectal cancer stage 3

I also did 6 weeks of radiation and chemo before my surgery. That part wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined and I continued to work through that. The worst thing was just lots of fatigue. The radiation can make your skin appear as if it had a mild sunburn, so I used Eucerin lotion for that. The Xe...
by gtownguy
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: natural remedies
Replies: 12
Views: 1259

Re: natural remedies

I drank a lot of ginger tea - especially the Lemon Ginger flavor made by Stash Tea. I also found these ginger hard candies at an Asian grocery store and they helped a lot as well. I also used these Queasy Pops lollipops which also come in a ginger flavor. I think they were originally made for pregna...
by gtownguy
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Magnesium loss
Replies: 9
Views: 1750

Re: Magnesium loss

I always got infusions of both magnesium and calcium before each chemo session. The nurse told me that is supposed to help lessen the side effects.

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