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by NHMike
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Tomorrow - 27th New Zealand Time
Replies: 42
Views: 2171

Re: Surgery Tomorrow - 27th New Zealand Time

Sorry to hear that the large intestine hasn't woken up. I do hope that it gets started up soon so that you can get back to the new normal.
by NHMike
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1282
Views: 116444

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

The level of pain I'm seeing on a regular basis seems to be increasing. There's blood on the pads and sometimes on the toilet seat and sometimes intense pain if I sit too long. I can feel it coming, sometimes from gas and sometimes from waste. Maybe I had this before or maybe it was pushing too hard...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1282
Views: 116444

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

Quite a bit of difficulty yesterday as I went to my mother's house and had to stop twice on the way down and twice on the way back up. I think that it helps to have a list of clean bathrooms along the way for any kind of trip. You really get to learn the small conveniences of bathrooms like a hook t...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1282
Views: 116444

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

I tested the Cavilon Spray to see whether or not it is sticky and it doesn't appear to be though I used an almost empty bottle. I think that I can try using it this evening.

I'll do a test with the wipes as well.
by NHMike
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: STAGE 3 rectal cancer treatment without surgery
Replies: 25
Views: 937

Re: STAGE 3 rectal cancer treatment without surgery

My tumor shrunk 90 percent after chemo and radiation but it still remained so I don’t kno that there was a real option besides surgery. I’m definitely feeling the LARS pain though. I will get to trying the enemas. Enemas are becoming more and more accepted and recommended. Irrigating stomas has bee...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: STAGE 3 rectal cancer treatment without surgery
Replies: 25
Views: 937

Re: STAGE 3 rectal cancer treatment without surgery

My tumor shrunk 90 percent after chemo and radiation but it still remained so I don’t kno that there was a real option besides surgery.

I’m definitely feeling the LARS pain though. I will get to trying the enemas.
by NHMike
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 192
Views: 23215

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

My feet feel weird, tingly. Is this normal? Feels almost painful but more just uncomfortable. Susan Yup. For me it’s in the toes and a bit in the pads just below them. It got stronger after chemo ended. Ni signs of it going away yet. Do you still have clumsy fingers? I write a lot of reports,find I...
by NHMike
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 192
Views: 23215

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

Caat55 wrote:My feet feel weird, tingly. Is this normal? Feels almost painful but more just uncomfortable.

Susan


Yup. For me it’s in the toes and a bit in the pads just below them. It got stronger after chemo ended. No signs of it going away yet.
by NHMike
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1282
Views: 116444

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

Our only concern now with retirement is healthcare. There are not many companies that pay for your health insurance after you retire anymore. Unless you work for the government, maybe a public school teacher, or the auto companies and a package is offered, you're on your own for health insurance un...
by NHMike
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Tomorrow - 27th New Zealand Time
Replies: 42
Views: 2171

Re: Surgery Tomorrow - 27th New Zealand Time

I'v had episodes of stuff coming out of the rear end, with the ileostomy and it was usually because it went down the other opening. It was usually the result of sleeping horizontally with the waste flowing up towards the stoma. This was fixed by sleeping on a foam wedge. Steve sounds like he's had a...
by NHMike
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I got to update my signature!
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

Re: I got to update my signature!

May NED stay in your house forever.
by NHMike
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1282
Views: 116444

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

We have been talking about how we want to handle finances moving forward from my diagnosis, so this is a welcome topic. We have always been careful with money and have much less house than we could technically afford. We put the maximum allowable amount into retirement savings, and have for years. ...
by NHMike
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1282
Views: 116444

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

Sorry if I gave that Impression Mike it wasn't directed at u It was as a generalisation really of how Lucky we are here that our government payed for pretty much everything u need to get u through Ur process,, I have mh own private health care and I do have out of pocket but quite minimal to me as,...
by NHMike
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1282
Views: 116444

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

I must admire all you that have still continued to work nearly full time,, I'm self employed but don't need to b in the shop so I'm lucky to have the best of both worlds,,, Yes it's stressful at times, but mainly living as full as I can with my kids and still keeping my toe in but at my own descres...
by NHMike
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1282
Views: 116444

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

Seriously I think the best thing I have done so far is the toilet seat bidet, sound like it will be super useful in the future. I have started to exercise in earnest again. I take my dog on the uphill hike or get on the treadmill. Working on core stuff as balance is off. I push myself pretty hard s...

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