I slept pretty well last night (7 hours) and my rear end felt better this morning but I still had several bowel movements, only on involuntarily.
I'm currently using disposable underwear and was using toilet paper as a pad within it. This approach has the advantage of the toilet paper being flush-able and easily replaced. The disadvantage is that you have to be moderately careful setting it up. I have medium and large pads as well and these work fine but I need to carry a plastic bag for disposal. I plan to pick up more adult underwear and pads today.
I haven't eaten for about 33 hours now though I'm drinking water and nuun. I will probably have some protein later today (eggs). The longest I've done a complete fast is two days (no food, water, liquids, anything). I've done the kinds of fasts with no food for a day, then 200 calories the next day, 400 the next day, 600 the next day, 800 the next day and then back to normal. I drank some calories when I did that.
I change the dressing on the wound twice a day. The instructions indicated once a day but I'd prefer to keep it clean. The amount and area of blood and pus is decreasing and it looks like the skin is closing though it looks absolutely horrible. It's a hole with red on the inside, some blood and blackened skin on the outside. The doctor said that care is just changing the wound. The nurse suggested a saline spray when changing the wound. I assume that the pus is the body's natural way of of preventing infection.
I am dropping the Tylenol dosage to one tablet. I'm taking two doses a day though I am debating dropping it altogether as pain is minimal. I do like the dulling effect that it has on neuropathy.
This time feels more challenging that the previous surgery but I took short-term disability then. It would really help to know that things get a lot better soon or else I'm going to lose a lot of weight this month.
I've dropped my walking down to about 10K/day.
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on Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8, 2/12 1.2
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 2.2 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx (8) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal
2/19: Clean CT