MistyBlu wrote:Hi all, this is very sudden for me. I know very little since this is all happening so fast. In July, I was scheduled to get my hernia surgery and a week prior I went in for preadmit testing and my blood work can back 6.4 hemoglobin. Well, they put that surgery on hold and sent me to the hematologist. He gave me an iron infusion and a B12 shot and sent me to the GI. Since I already had an Upper endoscopy for my hernia I was scheduled for a colonoscopy. They found a mass in the right colon and remove one polyp. They later told me the mass did have cancer in it. On to the next doctor for the mass. My surgery will be a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy. They will decide after what the next steps are as far as treating the cancer. So I now have to sit and wait on that for what seems like forever!
I know many of you have been where I am now. As of July 15th all I had was acid reflux and planning a hernia surgery. Now I'm a cancer patient and I feel like a different person. I will be in surgery the morning school starts. So I've only known about the cancer for about three weeks and I've been trying to research and clean my house and buy school supplies and plan ahead at work etc. I was just so prepared for the hernia surgery which all the rules around that are completely different and now I know nothing about this surgery or just not enough. And I've stopped watching youtube and google (as dictated on this forum) because it had me planning my demise.
I don't even know what to ask here, the doctor or at the hospital. I would appreciate anybody pointing me to some credible sources or anybody in this same situation. anything.
MistyBlu wrote:...I heard the colon "goes to sleep" after surgery and one of the things they look for is a few BM's. Well, it's just not normal for me to have BM's every day...
MistyBlu wrote:For those that had surgery, is there anyone that has had problems with BM all their life. Like not necessarily constipation but infrequent BM's. I heard the colon "goes to sleep" after surgery and one of the things they look for is a few BM's. Well, it's just not normal for me to have BM's every day. Anybody else in this situation had to take stool softener or laxative after surgery?
They will decide after what the next steps are as far as treating the cancer. So I now have to sit and wait on that for what seems like forever!
(1) I read (by JMN) that he/she was able to get pathology retested because labs make mistakes and it's subjective etc. How is this possible. If they take it out, it's gone how can you come back later and ask for a retest?
(2) Where do I get an abdominal binder. is that like a medical girdle? When I look on Amazon all I see are tummy flattners...
boxhill wrote:.... There's a lot to know, I'm sure it seems overwhelming, but you do have time to learn about it. If you want to...
"They" won't decide, YOU will decide based on their recommendation
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