Jul 18, 2005 - 6:13 pm
Hope you are all doing good. I haven't been posting much lately, but have been reading now and then.... was sorry to read of Grandma Judy passing. And also of other's struggles. I pray today that we are all given much peace and strength.
I am doing ok...made it through 6 weeks of chemo and radiation. I finished one week ago today. My biggest problems were hand/foot syndrome, diarrhea and irritation of the anal passage. Well amazingly after only one week, the hand/foot inflammation is almost gone and so is the diarrhea. But my problem now is that as my stools have firmed up, it is becoming very paiful to pass them. I took a stool softener yesterday and today to try to ease the pain, but then I'm back to diarhea. I'm not sure which is worse...diarhea that burns or having solid stools that scrape along the sides of the irritated anal passage. Yikes sorry for the graphic details.
I'm looking for some better options. Am considering trying mineral oil in the hope of lubricating the stools without giving me diarhea...anyone had luck with that?
I'm sure this will graduallly get better....but if anyone has some advice, would be appreciated.
I wish we had some sort of FAQ folder!! I really appreciate some of the posts recently with tips on different topics. I know that I can do a search on keywords, but I think a Frequently Asked Question list would be cool.