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mom's "will" to live
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   Posted 1/23/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hello All,
 Wanted to stop in and say I miss you all and hope all is well! Congrats, to you Connie for your new position here on the forum. You have always been very helpful and a wealth of knowledge that has been greatly appreciated.
Carole, I am so sorry for your loss, You are in my prayers and thoughts.Take care of yourself. Huggs and smooches.
Shelly, it is good you finished your book. What's the title so I can look for it!
I see alot of newbies here, You all have come to a wonderful place! These men and women have been very helpful to me and my son Wil, and the past year has been an uphill climb. Believe me I know just as you take 2 steps forward, it's 3 steps back. But, I feel better when I come here more at piece when I log off. Yeh, sometimes I over-react but as mother I've been given that right.
The last time I updated Wil's HepB was undetectible, They found 2 golfball size tumors on his rt. kidney and the lesion on his rt. infereior lobe of his liver has tripled in size in 6 months.No Cancer! WooHoo! In Oct. he was 144lbs. On Dec. 12th he was 186lbs and he is now up to 198lbs. he looks good and he say's he feels good, a little more tired than he would like to be but, he's still going. I have a question as far as his weight gain?
How do you tell the difference between weight gain and swelling? He doesn't go back to Shand's until June , I don't see him as often now that he got married and My Grandbaby will be born in March/April , He has put on atleast 50lbs in 3 months and is always being kidded from the family that he looks pregnant too. Should I be concerned? Or just keep a watchful eye and for what?
Thanks so much for everything, Love to you all and know you are always in my thoughts and prayer!
Huggs and smooches
Toni

hep93
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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Toni and thank you!  It's so good to hear from you and to hear that Wil is doing so well; also, that the tumors aren't cancerous.

As far as weight gain, he has probably gotten his appetite back.  I know I have put about 6 lbs. back on after losing 13.  Since I'm only 5 ft., this small increase shows.  You would know that it's edema if you can make an indentation in his calf with your finger and it is slow to "fill up" again.  That is known as "pitting edema."  With abdominal fluid, I think he would feel more uncomfortable if it were ascites...I know I did.  Also, if his weight gain is evenly distributed, it's more likely to be muscle and fat.  You say his stomach is large, but part of that could be from the tumors.  Diet also plays a part (carbohydrates blow my stomach up.)  It's good that he has put weight on, but now he should start watching his diet and try not to gain more.  Encourage him to eat fresh fruits and veggies, and fish or chicken, but to stay away from hamburgers, fries, etc. (hard for a young man, but they're full of fat and not good for him.)  It's even more problematic to be overweight than it is to be underweight, although he had certainly gotten very thin for his height.

Prayers for continued improvement, and let us know the results in June!

Take care of yourself, Toni, and stop by whenever you can.


hep93
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 1/23/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Toni, I was so happy to see your post. I am also glad to hear that Will is doing well. How are you doing grandma to be? I hope that you have been fine......

As far as the swelling thing.......usually it's in the feet and legs that you notice it first......gravity .......the abdomen is another common place....If he starts having ascites ......he will probably notice a shortness of breath.

With his history Toni always be concerned.......even if you don't show it to Will.......keep vigilant. You know your son better than anyone....doctors included........

Take care and come visit more often......we miss you......thoughts and prayers........
Pink Grandma
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Butterflythree
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   Posted 1/23/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Toni, It is good to hear from you. I am glad that Will is doing well. I agree with Connie and Pink Grandma regarding ascites/edema. It is very noticeable in my husbands legs when he is having problems. I usually do as Connie said and push down on the area where the bone goes down the front of the leg. You can tell immediately because of the indentation that is left. I am excited for you and that new grandbaby. I continue to pray for you.

Thanks so much for updating us.
Butterflythree
 
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