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  • in reply to: External drains Help please #41929
    betsy
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    I have what you are describing as internal/external drains. I usually have blood in the bag after a tube change. I wouldn’t be too concerned about it unless its over a couple ccs. Re. the soreness at the drain site – my doctor has me do the following which works quite well – wet a clean washrag with really hot water and hold the washrag over the drain sites until the rag cools – then use a q-tip dipped in hydrogen peroxide and dab it around the drain site…..do this a couple of times a day until the pain is gone. the hot water feels really good. Cant comment on the bilirubin but I always spike a fever the first day. Also been taking numerous different oral and IV antibiotics. My doctor also hangs 2 kinds of IV antibiotics right before my tube changes.

    Hope this helps. I’ve been dealing with drains for months and have lots of experience with them….always happy to share information :)

    Betsy

    in reply to: External drains Help please #41925
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    My drains have to hang below my liver so I also use binder clips and clip them to the waistband of my pants. I can hide them inside my pants if the pants are loose enough and have an elastic waistband i.e. yoga pants and/or sweat pants. Having them hang inside my pants is best for me – that way I don’t get the tubes hooked on things – I am forever getting them hooked on the pulls of my kitchen cabinets and it hurts like heck.

    Betsy

    in reply to: Off to the hospital #41949
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    Kris,

    Hope you get this before you leave – I’m thinking of you and hoping all goes well. Please let us all know you are doing.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    in reply to: Update on my Tom.. #41801
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    Hi Mary,
    Sorry to hear things have not been going well. It is all so very tiring. I’m thinking of you and Tom and hoping things get better soon. I know what you mean about not emailing your docs anymore. I feel the same way. I’m still tied to plastic stents and 3 drainage bags. After my last tube change, the doctor said the leak they have been working on seems to be gone but now I have a different leak in another location. For now, I’m turning it all back over to my doctors and trying to let go a little bit….

    Take care.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    in reply to: Cancer markers #41610
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    When I was first diagnosed my liver enzymes were elevated. The CA19-9 tumor maker test for me was normal and yet at the time I had a 5cm tumor sitting in my liver.

    Betsy

    in reply to: I got sort of good news. #41721
    betsy
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    Hi Kris,

    Hugs and kisses,

    Betsy

    in reply to: just diagonosed and need help with questions #41586
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    If you are up to making a trip north to the Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion, I recommend Dr. Matthew Walsh (216-444-6664). He is very experienced in performing the whipple. You’ll find a mixed bag of opinions on this site when it comes to the Clinic, but my experiences have been very, very good and I love my doctors..

    Betsy

    in reply to: SUCCESS with Stand Up to Cancer #41305
    betsy
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    Yeah Kris! Thanks

    Betsy

    in reply to: Stand Up To Cancer #41271
    betsy
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    Done. Thanks Kris.

    Betsy

    in reply to: tubeless in seattle? #41101
    betsy
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    Hi Bob,

    I had so many questions to ask you but they’ve been answered by reading your posts. I am going through everything you’ve gone through and I’ve followed many of the same steps you’ve taken. I hope your appointment this week goes well.

    One thing that really resonated with me was how, in the beginning, you followed doctors orders and everything went well. But then along came these bile duct issues and following doctors orders wasn’t always the best plan. I’ve tried so hard to be informed and understand what is going on with me – I’ve gotten second and third opinions – but it is such a complicated issue and there are so many knots to tease apart – and often times, the information is too technical for me to understand. I am so incredibly tired of it all. I just can’t summon the will to get out of this slump I’m in.

    My IR doc said there are so few patients out there like me, and, like you, its amazing I’ve survived the septic episodes not to mention remaining cancer-free. It gives me hope hearing your story. Please continue to post so I know how you are doing.

    betsy

    in reply to: tubeless in seattle? #41098
    betsy
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    Hi Bob,

    I’m so glad to hear you are doing well. Would you mind sharing the name of your IR doc as well as what hospital he works in. I’ve had bile duct issues and I also have stents attached to external drainage bags…..I’m going on 8 months now.

    Thanks.

    Betsy

    betsy
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    I had post-op complications. A huge abscess formed and the doctors had to open me up again (7 days post-op) to drain it. I wound up staying in the hospital 23 days. Also had a tear in one bile duct as a result of the first surgery to remove my tumor.

    Betsy

    in reply to: My latest scan #40991
    betsy
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    Hi Kris,

    I agree with what everyone has already said. Hang in there.

    Hugs and much love,
    Betsy

    in reply to: Teddy Update #40921
    betsy
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    Hi Lainy,

    Sending all of my love to you and Teddy.

    betsy

    in reply to: Teddy Update #40902
    betsy
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    Hi Lainey and Teddy,

    Love, hugs, thinking of you often and checking the site for your updates.

    Betsy

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