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Marsky
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1956
   Posted 3/22/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I got stuck in that messy bm-stage I dread, it's almost what many of you experience and describe as dumping. One messy bm after another. Not D, not formed either. If I'm home I prefer to let my body do its now "natural" thing (whatever the heck that is). But a few times I had to go to work so I resorted to taking Imodium (but I had run out this med because overall I am stocking up less on grocery or pharmacy items due to a very tight budget now). By Thursday I knew I needed my best meal - a roasted chicken from the deli at Krogers, mashed potatoes from Bob Evans, a vegetable and iceberg lettuce salad. My husband never complains when this meal arrives on the dinner table - LOL Thank goodness! I had a long drive ahead of me on Friday afternoon to bring my daughter home from her college campus for her spring break. I couldn't chance eating lunch so I hadn't eaten for 12 hours. Except for a few club crackers and sips of water. Today I am still trying to level things out and feel somewhat normal - before work tomorrow. Oh how I wish I had a normal gut like I used to have (10 years ago). Ha, those days are history.....a dim memory. Someone asked me recently when I explained as simply as I could that I spend a lot of time in the bathroom since having had rectal cancer - ah ha, you have a straight pipe don't you?

Not sure if I like that description or not but it sure feels accurate (internally!). open mouth, insert food, chew food, swallow and then sit on the pot. (not that quickly but you get the idea....).

Just venting. I know I have a lot to be very thankful for - cancer has not returned. I haven't even had one benign colon polyp since my tumor was diagnosed April 1999. I've been at this for almost 10 years (June 1999 is when my temp ostomy was reversed and the "fun" began).

Surgery is out, we barely have medical insurance now, we might as well not even have it. $2500 ind. deductibles, high copays, insurance company looks for the tiniest of details to reject a claim.

So I'm basically maintaining this new at one time, old now, internal gut set up I'm stuck with. Ugh.....

Wishing you all better days ahead. Wish we all could flip a switch and have normal bm's, normal guts.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


redee2moov
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 3/22/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Mary,
 
No suggestions, only well wishes and prayers. May relief come soon!

Marsky
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1956
   Posted 3/22/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
redee2moov - thanks. I'm coming out of it, slowly. Can feel myself getting into a more normal phase (formed bm's each day, still multiple though).

I feel as though it's the day after xmas and I'm worn out. Or I've just had the flu and I'm depleted of nutrients, energy, etc.

I honestly never expected to live like this, day in, day out. Most of the time I think positive about all of this but this past week really put my gut thru the wringer! Wow, it had a real workout!
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


Normal
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 3/22/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
MARKSY, Hang in there hon. I take Donnatal for my stomach. It doesnt help all the time. went 13 times the other day smhair But when I first started it a few years ago it worked great for a year. This is my 2nd time to take it. It relaxes your stomach doesnt just stop it up. I know the tight budget thing. Just got my 2 through college. I think all our insurance is bad these days. I think the no 1 priority with government should be to do something about affordable health care HERE in the United States. OOPPPPS better get away from politics. Take care, hopr you feel better soon.
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