Oct 09, 2012 - 12:56 pm
My father (age 70) was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in April. He did radiation and chemo, then surgery. His surgery was September 14th. Everything went well. He got an ileostomy that can be reversed in a few months. He was home from the hospital in 5 days.
Since then, he's had some problems that I am concerned about:
1) He has lost 19 lbs since he came home. Initially, his stool in the bag was very runny, which is why the dr thinks he lost weight, so he has changed his diet and med (imodium, fiber) to get a better consistency. He is very weak.
2) He is having issues with his bag constantly leaking. He has a home health nurse that comes in to change it, but they haven't been able to fix the issue. It's causing skin irritation and it's just a pain.
Just hoping someone has been through this that can offer some advice.
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.