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Shayenne
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Hi Everyone!!!!

Thanks so much for your prayers and thoughts, I actually had another small bowel obstruction last week, ended up in the hospital for 5 days, which luckily resolved on its own, and didn't need surgery! YAY! also, my computer needed some fixing and was in the shop for abit.....

I really need to try and force myself to drink more, I have problems staying dehydrated, I can only drink so much, but the doctor said it is scar tissue that is causing this, and it's something so painful, where my hubby has to literally carry me out to the van, because you can barely move, and the vomiting 4 times an hour isn't fun either.

But, I actually went to the doctors today and to start my 10th chemo treatment, and Good News!! she said my body is responding very well to the chemo, that my CEA levels are way down, and the lesions in my liver have shrunk alot, and is moving the way she is wanting to go, so I at least had some encouraging news after the past few months have been heck!

I am going to learn to try and stay hydrated, and hopefully stay out of the hospital for awhile, I swear, all the nurses and doctors are all knowing me really well now LOL...

So, how is everyone??? I have alot of catching up to do, hello to new people!!! I hope to hear from you all soon!

Hugssss!
~Donna

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Paula G.
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Glad you are back and things are moving in the right direction. Stay well. Paula

Devasted
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Donna,
We all missed you...sorry you haven't been well but sounds like great news from
the onc....it is so encouraging!

My husband had first chemo treatment and made it through, just like you said
4 days were rough said he felt like he had the flu but he's popped back and
will be going for treatment #2 next Tuesday. Thanks for all your posts to help
us through this difficult time.

Take care

Janet3
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Well, I know everyone is glad to hear from you. Happy to hear all of your good news! Hydration is very important. You have to figure out a system to keep yourself drinking, especially when you don't want to. Drinking is difficult for my mom, especially the week she has chemo. Mostly because she can't have anything cold and she says room temp is yukky. So now we put the days requirement on the counter and she knows she has to drink it all before bedtime. It really has helped. You have to find what works for you because, let me tell you, when the nurses know you well enough to remember you......well that's just not good. Anyway, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Janet

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Kathleen808
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Hi Donna,
Welcome back, we sure do miss you when you're not around. It must be your sunny personality. I'm glad to hear things are getting resolved.

Take care.

Aloha,
Kathleen

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Shayenne
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Hey all!

Thanks for the kind words Paula, Kathleen and Muzzy! I probably get so sunny, I think I find myself being annoying LOL, I have to contain myself at times lol...

Devastated, I am so glad your hubby got through it, wasn't as bad as he thought was it? make sure he stays on top of the nausea, I am on my 10th treatment, and find the nausea pills may not last as long, but the do have longer lasting Zofran, I think called "aloxi" or something, so the further he goes along, he may want to request it, shoot, I think I take about 4 different kinds of nausea pills every few hours at a time, and nice couple hits of good ole maryjane :)

Janet, I am so bad, like your mom, I know warm anything is nasty! unless it's tea, cocoa or coffee of course, I hope she is getting better though? but I am going to try as hard as I can to at least drink a few bottles of water plus other fluids, this is something that may be causing my obstructions :(

Hope all stays well with you all!

Hugggsss!!
~Donna

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Great to see ya back...was really gettin worried about ya.....If its hydration try to get bottled water and then you can buy the individual packets of drink mix at Walmart that you pour into 1 bottle of water ...They are great. They have orange,tea,fruit punch, peach tea,etc. They are a great drink for those who hate the taste of plain old boring water.....Good to have ya back sis.......

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Shayenne
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My brother, I am going to get those packets! I used to just pass by them in the stores looking at them, and thought I actually had to have PURE water, but heck, this time, I'm getting them, water is so boring, so true!

Thanks for watching out for me, you know somethings wrong when I can't get to my 2nd family here, at least every few days :)

It's good to be back!

Huge Hugsss!
~Donna

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daydreamer110761
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will you please STOP doing this to us??? lol...so glad to see you back here, and very happy you are ok. As you can see, we worry about you when you are not around!

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Shayenne
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That is soooo weird, I was just answering your post when I saw this lol...Believe me, I hate hospitals and having those uncomfortable NG tubes stuck up my nose and down my throat, not a fun experience!! Please don't worry, I try to hang in there as much as hospital, if i have another obstruction I will pull the hair out of my head!!

Thanks for thinking of me, I miss my second family when I can't hear from them either :(

Hugsss!
~Donna

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tootsie1
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Ick! A pox on all the NG tubes of the world. They are the worst!

Glad this blockage healed without surgery. Hope you're feeling much better now!

*hugs*
Gail

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Shayenne
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...feeling much better, thanks Gail, I don't wish those on anyone, and loved the pox comment, I never heard it called that LOL!

How have you been feeling Gail?

Huggsss!
~Donna

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I had been feeling better, but today I'm having HUGE stomach pain again. Whatever! I'm so over that. I was afraid this afternoon that I was going to have to give in and call the doctor/go to the ER. Hopefully I can hang on and not do that! Thanks for asking.

*hugs*
Gail

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Shayenne
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...Don't wait too long on that Gail, that's what started with me, the abdominal pain for a couple days, and then BOOM!! big time traveling pain which led to my obstruction, make sure you're still going regularly, then you know there is no obstruction. Good luck, and hope you feel better Gail!

Hugsss!
~Donnaa

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Hi Donna,

I'm sorry for what you had to go through- definitely no fun.
I'm glad to hear though, that your CEA is down and you're responding well to the chemo!

You take care of yourself,
Lisa

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mommyof2kds
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Sorry for the difficult time you have had, thank goodness for no surgery... Take Care.... PEtrina

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All of us were very worried for you, this board needs your uplifting posts,and congratulations for the good news sounds that everything is going better and better.
God bless you

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Shayenne
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I enjoy being inspired and uplifted by all the people here and their stories, I just wanted every else to be the same and come and be happy as

I just live each day and take it as it comes now, no worries,and take it day by day, kind of walking through the sounds of time. :I

Thank for the kind well wished, I actually feel real good right now must be the great drugs I been given!!

Take Care and hope you all have a great day!

Hugsss!!
~Donna

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Hi Donna! We missed You! ----------
--- I like to drop a couple of Maraschino Cherries in the glass of water with a couple of teaspoons of the juice. A straw helps the water go down easier and then when I get to the bottom I get to eat the cherries! You can also add a couple of pineapple chunks or other fruit. I have heard some people like cucumbers and lemons in the their water. Just some ideas to throw in the ring.

So glad you are back with us!

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So sorry that you had to go through that again, but am glad that it worked itself on its own and you didn't need any more surgery. Yes it is important to drink a lot. I usually have drank a lot anyway so it's not so hard once you get used to it. Glad that you are feeling better and I hope that you recover soon. Sounds like good news from the doctor also.

Kim

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Hi Donna

We're gonna' have to employ someone to keep an eye on you :)

When you go MIA, you are gone, gone, gone :)

Scar tissue causes alot of issues, doesn't it?

I am so sorry that it was back to the hospital for you and certainly glad that "things" resolved itself on their own - please don't cut me anymore, right?

Your report sounds very encouraging too! You've come a long way in a short time since I have met you...I have to say I'm impressed with how things are going and how you are handling things...you are "mauvelous" darling :)

Just out of the hospital and you still took time to reply to my post - Wow! Thank you BTW for such sweet words from your sweet spirit. You always know what to say to me to make me feel good.

Now, that being said - no more hospitals for you :)

And I am "as right as the rain." So don't worry about me. Things are getting alot more real, actually, but I'll probably open up a post to talk about it - stay tuned - same BatTime, same BatChannel :)

Really glad to see you back here! I've missed you as always, gotta' have our Donna :)

I'm outta' here...continued best to you!

Here's a big CyberHug from Texas (((( CHICKY ))))

-Craig

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HI Donna. I'm so glad this resolved on its own! Whew. You've been through so much.

Have you read the side effects of the anti nausea pills? Some say they cause constipation or blockage. You mentioned taking four different kinds. You might want to eliminate the bad guys!

Hey girl, you can get fluids from many sources. Many foods are mostly water plus you could eat Popsicles, Yougurt, Watermelon and other juicy fruits. Have you ever had Sweet Tea? I drink it all afternoon. I make a gallon every two days just for me. It costs so little... just sugar and 6 tea bags. :o) I love warm apple cider with spices. YUM

Glad you're okay now. Maybe you could have your girls or hubby post a quick note on your Facebook if you're under the weather again.

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Shayenne
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I drink sweet tea alot, I love a nice big glass of tea, especially green tea with some berry in it. My computer was in the shop at the same time, so my girls couldn't get on for me this time, they were having the worse computer withdrawals lol...god forbid they aren't texting while being on the computer for more then a few days!

Thanks so much for all those kind words Craig, my lion, this chicky needs to stay out of the hospital for awhile!

It's good too see you too Kim, how have you been doing lately? you still doing the oxy?

Thanks for those tips Diane, I didn't know you could liquids through food as well...that warm apple cider sounds yummy!!

I'm about to run out to the Sternwheel Festival, my daughter is in the parade, I hate going anywhere with this fanny pack on, but I was in hospital when I got admitted on July 4, I missed her first parade, then this one just this past Labor Day, and I refuse to miss this one...so am off to get dressed~

Hope you all have a happy, blessed day!!!

Hugssss!
~Donna

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Shayenne
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Thank you sweet buzzi, it's so good to be back! thanks for the prayers, I always pray for everyone on this site.

I'm sure you have alot to contribute to this site, even when it's not cancer related it's also good to hear about your daily activities, what do you do for fun, etc, etc

I hope you have an awesome, blessed day!

Hugssss!
~Donna

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Shayenne
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The site seemed to lag, and got double posted..

Fight for my love
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Well,dear Donna,please don't disappear from time to time,this does make us worried.Next time please let your daughter give us some updates if you can't(But I hope there is no next time)Love to see you are back.

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I was so worried but i am glad you are feeling better and back with us. I am ok

michelle

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So glad you're ok, sorry you had another obstruction. They are definately painful. I'll be praying for you.

Debbie (gramma)

SandyL
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So happy to hear you are back on the recovery road again. Wish I would have known that you were in OSU again. We were down there last week to see DH's aunt who was in the hospital for colon resection. :( She's home now and recovering. But I wanted to tell you that when DH was in the ONC. office for his last visit after chemo was complete I specifically asked about scar tissue causing blockage (thinking of your issues). He said he's never heard of the scar tissue causing a problem with blockage or anything else. I was surprised at that after what you went through due to scar tissue.

I am so glad you are feeling better. Take care and know that you have been missed, again.
Sandy

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Hi,

Maybe its just the words we are using. I had a blockage in the small intestine from adhesions from a hysterectomy. I think adhesions are scar tissue. Not sure, just thought I'd throw it out there. I know alot of people who have had blockages and the doctors say they are common in people who have had abdominal surgery.

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Glad to hear you are back and well. Keep the good news coming.......

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and welcome back. It's noticeable when you've been gone for awhile. We'll need to get you one of those alarm buzzers to keep us notified of your whereabouts :-). I'm so rooting for you to be through with this phase. enough already!!

Leslie

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Wow! Another nasty step along the journey.

Treatment 10! out of 12 I presume. Almost done Donna. Hang in there.

Peace and blessings... Rob; in Vancouver

"We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival."
Winston Churchill

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Shayenne
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You know Les, I should wear a buzzer or something..I think I'm going to give my daughters my password to get in here should something happen to me again. I just hope this is the last anymore "INCIDENTS"...

Yep Rob, I just got unhooked from my 10th treatment, and have 2 more to go! I'm excited to learn what's next though, kind of scared to find out. I'm hanging in there though!!

thanks all for your kind replies, sorry I worried you all, I definitely need to get me a laptop or something!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Hugssss!
~Donna

dorookie
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Would you mind not going into the hospital so much woman? I bet they have you at a discounted rate by now, are you collecting the frequent stay miles or something? LOL

Glad you are better now. I got an email from Buzzard asking about you and I actually felt bad that I didnt know you were sick. I need to give you a call so we can catch up.

I am doing okay, waiting for my 3 month check up (next month) a bit worried, but not because of anything going on just its the mark that the cancer came back last year ya know, so if I can get past this one, then its going to make me a whole lot more relaxed about things and I can get on with gettin on.

Glad your back, and feeling better, hope the family is good too.
Talk to you soon
Love ya
Beth

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Beth, we missed you too!

dorookie
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Nice to be missed. How are you doing hon?

Hugs
Beth

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Shayenne
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I missssed youuuuuuu toooooo!!!! where you been?? Hey now, don't worry about them silly scans, just think of positive and pretty things and you can't go wrong!

I know, I feel like the hospital is my second home, It's terrible, they now put me in the same room I get all the time, I have the same nurses, surgeons, they all know me now! LOL...well, at least they know when I get there, it's usually for the same ole thing!

How have you been? and Wendy? I hope to talk to you soon, and catch up!

Hugssss!
~Donna

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Welcome back and I am glad you are feeling better and that it is only scar tissue. Sometimes to stay hydrated I put an airborne in my water. It gives it some kick,
Marie

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I was going to post (where are you) but here you are i hope all is going well and i have a feeling you will be ned on your next checkup. I do no the stress of geting the next thing done for fear it is back but you have done really good with all the treatment and feeling good that is a good sign i think , Take care

michelle

dorookie
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Thanks for your kind words, I am just a worry wort I guess. I am really stressing over this next check up. I just feel if I can get past this then maybe there is actually hope that my life might continue to be normal (new normal). I am just scared. I keep reading about the cancer coming back and some folks here having to start over, just breaks my heart and scares the hell out of me, because honestly I dont want to have to start over or go through treatment again. I know who does right?

Thanks for thinking of me, glad to hear you got an offer on your house, hope it goes through. You and Angel are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs
Beth

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