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  • in reply to: “Bending the rules” surgery scheduled #26150
    jeffg
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    Great news Suzanne ! Keep the ball rolling in your court. That air bubble feeling could be inflammation from the tube like you said. It could also be a blob of flem. I know sounds gross, but I had it happen twice post surgical. Felt good when it finally let loose. If it is really bothering you breathing wise go get it checked out for piece of mind. For food try boiled eggs, beans, drinks like already mentioned, healthy choice low sodium soups. Keep on the mend.
    God Bless,
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: CC and Intimacy #26943
    jeffg
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    Rose May… I’m so sorry to hear of matters getting worse. I sincerely hope your partner’s granddaughter is okay and that his oldest daughters surgery for Ovarian cancer goes well. Going back to cc and intimacy. Well, you have to do what you have to do. You cannot subject your self to pain and discomfort. Your partner needs to understand the difference between itimacy and love and make a choice. There comes a time when this disease progresses ,like Carol mentioned and any attempt becomes useless. Even the frequent hugs and kisses start to slide eventually. It’s called lost of libido ,drop in seratonin and CANCER! My prayers that all works out for you and your partner.
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: Carer – what does that entail #26987
    jeffg
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    Hi Ralgh… I echo all that has already been posted. Universal precautions for your self, by washing hands. The rest is watching carefully seeing what she may need help with emotionally and physically as you well put it in your introduction. Just a normal shower routine should be sufficient unless and accident happens, Have maxipads avaiable that she may be to embarassed to ask for, due to any possible incontinence. Watch her unsteadyness when changing clothes, to prevent any accidental falls. Her state of mind, is it still okay to use the stove as far as turninging things off or coordination to not potentially burn herself. Is there any women hygien articles that she has used inthe pass? No don’t go out and buy the whole store but have comfort items to maintain dignityas long as possible. Like myself I now wear posie pads at night due to amount of lasix and water I drink makes me have some close calls in the middle of the night. Like Marion said always wash your hands after assisting, best way to eliminate the passing of germs and infections. Hopfully her immune system does not get to an all low for sometime. Ralh, I think you have the idea pretty much under control. Dignity and the patient alway wanting to do for ones self will come into play and you’ll have to just step in and help as time goes on. She will do just fine Ralp, I can feel it by your query already your ther for the duration and I commend you so. God Bless You Ralp!
    Jeff G.

    jeffg
    Member

    Hi Pam…. Just like to echo Carol. Be safe and my prayers to you and family as well.
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: Chest Pain? #26978
    jeffg
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    Tess… I agree with Lisa. It could be one of several things going on. Referred tumor pain, touch of pnuemonia, pluresia,or infection or maybe fluid retention in the chest /lung cavity.
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: most difficult phonecall I have ever had to make #26650
    jeffg
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    Goog Morning Barbara…. Just wanted you to know I’m thinking of you. It was one of those nights where I just had to think and pray for all and their hardships and tough love situations. God knows we all are having our share of the tough choices but certainaly ones that have to be made. You have the best day possible, under the circumstances.
    Bless You.
    Jefff G.

    in reply to: Cancer Treatment Centers of America??? #26809
    jeffg
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    Hi Robyn…. I called CTCA approximately 4 or so years ago and got the same type of response. They are a private for profit business medical facility. Yes, they have state of the art medical equipment and offer the whole person treatment philosophy. I today don’t regret moving on as most of your major cancer centers offer the same services, they just don’t advertise to get you in the door, to pay for pretty expensive buildings. In this particular case I don’t blame Insurance companies to look the other way. It’s a shame they can’t just let you know up front and not leave people hanging like in your case. Oh! how the world revolves around the greedieness of money. I’m so sorry you and your Mom had to go through what you did.
    Bless You Both,
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: Bummed out #26843
    jeffg
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    Hi Kris , Sorry your bummed out girl. I had those days and hated waiting for the next week or so. The good thing is your keeping your body in check by not over doing it. I have had one of those nights ( your day). just could get to sleep. Now I’ll probally conk out as everyone else is getting up and going for the day.
    Jeff G,

    in reply to: Pain after Stent Placement #26780
    jeffg
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    Rose……… If your not already at the emergency room or have had your stent problem taken care of, You definitely need to go to the hospital. I’m sure they can find another Surgeon. You can’t keep letting that bile drain inside your stomach or take to much pain meds.
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: Liver regeneration #26790
    jeffg
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    Marion, Quick research and your all correct. Yes it will grow back 1-2 weeks and fully regenerate 4-6 weeks. The only mention I got about not growing back ,is if someone has an other wise unhealthy liver or has cirrohsis. Maybe I had a condition I was never told of, do ya think? I do remember being told no by my surgeon for some reason. Oh well!
    Shooting Stars ha!
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: Strange Question #26552
    jeffg
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    Kris, I had left lobe and gallbladder removed upon DX. It was stage 3-4 at the time I believe. Then did nothing but follow up scans for about five years or so before trying anything. I started eating alot of fruit and drank some Eissiac tea, other wise ate the same foods.

    devoncat wrote:
    I think you can live with a tumor for a long time with no problems…but it depends on the type of cancer. My friend’s father has prostate cancer and he takes medicine for it and it is basically a chronic disease and not life threatening. CC is different, but how different is individual. Jeff, didnt you live with your tumor for about 4 or 5 years before doing anything with it? I could be remembering that wrong, but I think that is the case.

    Kris

    in reply to: most difficult phonecall I have ever had to make #26645
    jeffg
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    Barbara… I can relate so much. The tears of love are unique and one of a kind. Many have flowed in this home as well. I’m sure there will be more as the journey continues. The portrait you have painted of your Dad is so dignified and vivid. It does him great honor. Bless your loving heart!
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: question about oxaliplatin #26203
    jeffg
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    Hi Lisa… I had the (FOLFOX) treatment. Are they using the Cad pump and sending you home with it already programmed? Wishing you the best girl. I know what you mean by the room temp eating and drinking. Nothing like like a warm glass of water that we are expected to to keep pushing to protect the kidneys.
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: Scan Results #26724
    jeffg
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    Tom, Sorry to hear your prognosis. Quite sobbering to say the least. Checking out the team at the Royal Marsden sounds like a plan. It will at least clarify if something else can possible be done. Even being on hospice I sometimes say to myself , only 6 months? I’ve always remained optimistic and pressed on with life dispite how many times I’ve been told the end is near. I’m just a hopeful, and have faith that miracles do happen. And after 10 years of battling, I have had plenty of time to come to peace with what ever God has planned for me. I pray for the best for you and hope Royal Marsden can offer you something.
    God Bless,
    Jeff G.

    in reply to: Strange Question #26541
    jeffg
    Member

    Hi Robyn… I’ll add in my 2 cents. Cancer is systemic, in the blood. the red cells slowly die off causing anemia and wasting of the body and then the white cells that prevent infection become over burdened and infection sets in until you have a major organ affected and in turn failure. That’s my take on it all. In fact most hospice care does not treat infections as it is considerered part of the process of passing. Some tumors can sit for a long time and not bother you. But like my liver it finally appears it has been going like a work horse for so long, It just decided to give in. Well, that is my thought process on it all. With that all said, I have personally witness total wasted anemic body until the heart muscles stop without infection. So the ole saying swings around again as it is an individual and can be different for many.
    God Bless,
    Jeff G.

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