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by Fred.R
Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Booze and the Ileostomy Takedown
Replies: 6
Views: 821

Booze and the Ileostomy Takedown

Hey all; So, opinion. I'm a week after my reversal. Things are going well, actually. I have 1-2 BMs a day and they're flaky with some looseness - like somebody is whittling a light oak. I still can't predict when it's going to happen, and there's usually three hours of a bloating, "bleh" f...
by Fred.R
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reversal question
Replies: 8
Views: 1211

Re: Reversal question

Most of the problems occur, when you have major loss of rectum. If your surgery was confined to your sigmoid, I would have liked to have been in your shoes. You should do better than most :wink: Regards, Michael Thanks. Moments like this I get a little humble on the board - so many people with diff...
by Fred.R
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reversal question
Replies: 8
Views: 1211

Re: Reversal question

Yes, keep posting! It does help to get info on what others experiences have been but just know the range of that experience seems to be all over the place. I am just over 5 months out now..WOW....time flies. My experience has not been bad at all. I do remember the slow down right out of the hospita...
by Fred.R
Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reversal question
Replies: 8
Views: 1211

Re: Reversal question

You'll get a few days rest, but once it starts to flow, you'll be pretty busy. Yeah, that's what I'm anticipating/afraid of. Today that "area" is getting a little puffy - which makes me nervous as there's no output - but a few exchanges with my doctor have made me calm down. . I'm told if...
by Fred.R
Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reversal question
Replies: 8
Views: 1211

Reversal question

Hey, all. I'm on Day 4 of the reversal. Got sent home yesterday after a couple of poops and a couple of meals stayed down. Since then, I had one BM last night (and a small meal) and a small breakfast... lots of noise and some gas, but no liquids or solids. Anybody have any experience with the "...
by Fred.R
Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:51 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Nov 2013 Exercise Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 2899

Re: Nov 2013 Exercise Thread

O Stoma:

Hey! Thanks for posting that link to the mets... I didn't understand what it was about, now I do.

And now I have a weekly minimum!

- F
by Fred.R
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reverse Ileostomy Journal: Day 1
Replies: 5
Views: 1745

Re: Reverse Ileostomy Journal: Day 1

Okay, so I'm on day 3, I guess. Surgery Friday, here I am Sunday. Last night was a bit of a nightmare... The painkiller I'm on is Dilaudid, It did the job but apparently there's a side-effect: Itchiness. About 10pm every inch of my body felt like it was covered in insects. Three rounds of Benadryl l...
by Fred.R
Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reverse Ileostomy Journal: Day 1
Replies: 5
Views: 1745

Reverse Ileostomy Journal: Day 1

Hey all; So, yesterday the takedown. I was nervous as my first surgery had resulted in a tear which had hen resulted into 10 days at INC, but I took the tests and was cleared for reversal... 10 weeks after it was placed there. Got into the hospital early as requested: So consequently, they were runn...
by Fred.R
Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ileostomy Reversal Timeline
Replies: 18
Views: 2955

Re: Ileostomy Reversal Timeline

So I'm on for Friday of next week. No booze or blood thinners for me until then, I suppose. Everybody assures me it's an easy surgery... and a difficult process afterwards. (I'll take any encouragement / advice) I have been doing physical therapy - core exercises and that stuff... and I still have t...
by Fred.R
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ileostomy Reversal Timeline
Replies: 18
Views: 2955

Re: Ileostomy Reversal Timeline

Just got back from the Doctor. Looks like they want to do it even earlier since the X-ray was clear.

Excited to start the process, nervous about the after-path. I'll journal it here, to the best of my ability, since so many of your stories helped me after my DX.

Perhaps I should invest in a Bidet?
by Fred.R
Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ileostomy Reversal Timeline
Replies: 18
Views: 2955

Re: Ileostomy Reversal Timeline

Thanks, OSM. Very helpful. :)
by Fred.R
Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ileostomy Reversal Timeline
Replies: 18
Views: 2955

Ileostomy Reversal Timeline

Hey all. So... There is discussion about reversing my loop ileostomy in November, which would be about 12 weeks from it's creation. While I can't wait to get rid of this bag, I've read enough stuff to wonder whether that's too soon. The X-rays cleared me but... I'd like to know other people's experi...
by Fred.R
Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:50 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Screening schedule
Replies: 2
Views: 690

Screening schedule

Hey all. So, after a long conversation with my ONC and my wife, I've decided against Chemo... all the risk factors were in my favor, they believe they got it all and "statistics." I'm good with the choice, especially knowing I'll be able to reverse this ileostomy. The next step is an aggre...
by Fred.R
Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Choosing not to do Adjuvent Radiation- Advice Appreciated!
Replies: 21
Views: 3310

Re: Choosing not to do Adjuvent Radiation- Advice Appreciate

Hi. So, I was stage 2... my tumor was T3N0M0. Everything was low risk and my Oncatype score came in low. The doctor's recommended no chemo, showing me that my chance of recurrence would only go down by less than 2%. The weird thing for me is feeling like I'm not doing anything to fight this, when in...
by Fred.R
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo decision week. Thoughts appreciated.
Replies: 13
Views: 1743

Chemo decision week. Thoughts appreciated.

Hey guys. So, the Oncotype number came in. Basically, it was explained to me like this. My score was 24, and my chances of seeing Colon Cancer again in three years - according to this test - is 14% (Stage 2, T3). Because of other factors - low risk group - that skews down to 12%. With Chemo - with X...

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