mpbser wrote:...I'm having terrible gastrointestinal upset from the protein shakes they are having me drink this week. The same reaction occurred two weeks ago when the surgery was scheduled for May 5th. I have to figure this out before this causes yet another delay.
mpbser wrote:"...They are Ensure which is mostly corn syrup and whey protein. I also tried Body Fortress Super Advanced but that is also mostly whey protein and low sugar. I have the same reaction to both although it seems worse with the Ensure...
mpbser wrote:...My CT showed "irregular protrusions posterior medially which is concerning for tumor invasion into the pericolonic fat." Does this mean that the surgeon might have difficulty doing the separation laparoscopicly due to pericolonic invasion? My surgeon was very ambiguous on this issue. What has others' experiences been?
Stage III-C - The cancer has grown through the wall of the colon or rectum and is attached to or has grown into other nearby tissues or organs (T4b). It has spread to at least one nearby lymph node or into areas of fat near the lymph nodes (N1 or N2). It has not spread to distant sites (M0).
mpbser wrote:Hi everyone,
This is mpbser's wife, CV. It's funny that beck1965 should mention the kidneys going to sleep. That's exactly what happened to husband yesterday (20 hours after surgery or so). His creatinine level is elevated (1.9) and albumin level is low (3.2). The surgeon came in yesterday morning and told us this and expressed his mild concern about his congestive heart failure (CHF) as kidney functions often reflect heart function. Then, yesterday afternoon his blood pressure was dropping and he experienced dizziness when standing up to go for one of his walks. He is also close to hypothermia, another symptom of CHF. He hasn't been on his blood pressure medication since Friday morning so all these factors together caught attention.
We are hoping he just is having lower than normal (for him) blood pressure due to the tramadol he is on (every 6 hours). The kidneys are probably exhausted from dehydration as he did not drink nearly as much water as he should have during the day before surgery plus the pre-surgery antibiotics cleared him out via diarhhea. His catheter is still in and his urine was looking much more normal by last night when I left the hospital. Low body temperature could be due to exhaustion as he was up most of the night Friday night, the night of surgery, chatting with my aunt who is head of nursing for a large hospital network throughout the southeast U.S. I learned through the grapevine that at one point the night nurse accused them of "sounding like they are having a frat party" in his room.
His spirits are up although the surgeon saw a "scar and spot" on his liver so took those out. We should know in a couple days whether they are malignant or not. Praying they are not.
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