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Guess who just called me..... BUZZARD!!!!!!!

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idlehunters
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Yep.... he FINALLY called me back! He said he has been and still is...sicker than a dog. He said that Folfiri is kicking his butt...BIG TIME! He said he is sick for 14 days..non stop....then has to go back and do it again. He is so sick to his stomach and tired that he just has to rest. He has had no strength to even get on his computer. He said to tell you all he is fine and he is sorry he made you all worry. He will post as soon as he can. He will be seeing his doctor in Nashville soon and a change of some kind HAS to be done.

So, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Amen!

Jennie

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karen40
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Jennie,
Thanks for taking charge and making the call. What a relief.
Sending up more prayers for him. He needs more good days.
Karen

here4lfe
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I've been tracking Buzz, because my wife is on the same regime. And it is kicking her butt also. Praying it's worth it.

Best

Brenda Bricco
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I am glad to know that he was able to call. Now, I just wish he flet better.

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pepebcn
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Will be praying for him!
Thank you Jennie!

dorookie
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Maybe you should be a Copper too....

HUGS
Beth

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idlehunters
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A copper huh Beth????? Ya.... all the investigating I done I sure feel like one....but it was worth it! Luv ya!

Jennie

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HollyID
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Poor guy!! Thanks Jennie!!

I'm glad he finally checked in with ya!

I'm still gonna say a few nice words to the man upstairs on his behalf.

Love ya, Buzz!!

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Annabelle41415
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Good to hear that he is still ok. Bummer to hear that he is so sick with this treatment program. I'm hoping he can surely get some relief as no one should be that sick constantly. Hope his doctor can figure something out. Thanks for the update.

Kim

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johnnybegood
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hear he is ok but i am sorry he is so sick.that is what the oxy did to me.we all know how it feels to be so sick.Buzzard we still have a hold of that rope just hang on tight...Godbless...johnnybegood

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I remember telling him that his regime (which was mine) had me SICK 24 out of 30 days out of the month. Each cycle about the 12th day to the 14th, I would feel slightly better than death, but the other days were just wasted, sick days.

It was no kind of quality of life at all. And when I got to the end, I said "No Mas."

I was hoping he would do better than I did, but it sounds like he and I are working off the same page, which means I'm sorry that he is feeling so bad right now. It's extra rough for some of us.

I told Buzzard recently when I was finishing up treatments, that my hands had slipped off of that rope. It's easy to do when you feel as badly as that.

Sounds like some reduced dosages are coming to an IV pole near him and I hope that the docs can ease the suffering for him to some degree. My guy went to 75%, but it still cooked my goose.

Hang on, Buzz!

-Craig

swimmer22
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Being new, I was wondering what treatment regmine he is on. The inital post indicated Folfiri and I was under the assumption that isn't too, too awful. I've done Folflox before and start Folfiri this week. Now, I'm worried this treatment could actually be worse than Folflox.

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idlehunters
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Hi....... Yes, he is on Folfiri and the sickness part of it does hit some people like Buzz and Craig but not others. I was on Folfiri 2 years....got sick 1 time....not 1 day...1 time. However.... I did have the side effect of diarrhea.....bad diarrhea. It was well worth the 20+ tumors in cleared out of my lungs and liver. I have never done Folfox to compare but Sundanceh has. PM him and ask any questions you may have. Best of luck to you!

Jennie

swimmer22
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Thanks Jennie, here's to hoping I can ride the Folfiri wave like you did. I am having Folfiri as my mop-up chemotherapy after my September resection for rectal cancer. I have a temporary illiostomy so at least I won't have the actual affects of diarrhea but have been warned to watch out for dehydration. Thanks again.

-dean

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hi dean,
i still had chronic diarrhea with the ilioostomy, that is until my diet and supplements got it sorted. i would consider eating a mal and having its contents in the bag in under 5 minutes diarrhea like. i ended up in er really bad once and had a few close calls. got anal about diet, gut relief powders, slippery elm and probiotics. good luck and post away if you run into any problems.

my onc always described the issues i was having as diarrhea while i had the bag on. she had another in intensive care as a result. you cannot let it get out of hand.

hugs,
pete

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ddpekks
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Thanks so much for sharing. I started crying when I read your headline! Been so very worried about him. I do hate that he is so very sick and totally understand him not posting. Will pray real hard that he gets through this phase soon. Love to the Buzz!!!!

Deb

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thingy45
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Hang on there BUZZ, it must get better. Thanks Jennie, for all your good work,
many prayers to all of you, one day at a time.
hugs Marjan

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tootsie1
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Oh, thank heaven! I have been SO worried!!! Thanks, Jennie, for being persistent on this. I was so afraid that something terrible had happened. Now we just have to pray he can get through this okay.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

*hugs*
Gail

ketziah35
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Ditto!

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geotina
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Hang in there, this drug hit George much more than Folfox but it does work very well. Ask about a dosage reduction, it helped George. The fatigue and diarrhea can be just awful. Hang in there.

Jennie, thanks for letting us know.

Tina

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Lovekitties
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Dear Jennie, thanks for your efforts to solve the 'missing Buzzard' puzzle.

Sorry to hear that he is feeling so bad and hope that he can get his docs to come up with some compromise on the dosage which will give him some relief and still kick cancer's butt.

Sending hugs to all,

Marie who loves kitties

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wolfen
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Big sigh of relief here in Arizona. Thanks, Jen. I'm so glad he was able to call and give you an update. Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for a better time for him soon.
He's such a great guy.

Luv,

Wolfen

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tommycat
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good job Jennie! here's to Buzz finding a new way to fight for his life.

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lesvanb
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sure hoping a reduced chemo cocktail will help you out!

love, Leslie

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christinecarl
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Thanks for the update, I am glad to know he is still alive and I hope the Onc can find a way to back off a bit on the treatments.

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karguy
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Thanks for the news,I will keep praying for him to get better.

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tanstaafl
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to hear Buzz is back in contact.

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thanks, Jennie, i am so sorry he is so sick. But happy at the same time. prayers comin to Buzz.
Love ya,Judy

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jjaj133
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thanks, Jennie, i am so sorry he is so sick. But happy at the same time. prayers comin to Buzz.
Love ya,Judy

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jjaj133
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thanks, Jennie, i am so sorry he is so sick. But happy at the same time. prayers comin to Buzz.
Love ya,Judy

eibod
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So glad that you heard from him. Hope he will be ok. He was one of the first that welcomed me to this board, so sorry that he is having such a rough time.

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steveandnat
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I know how you feel...not wanting to even go on the computer. This really stinks but it will get better...stay strong. Thinking to best for you.
Jeff

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steveandnat
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I know how you feel...not wanting to even go on the computer. This really stinks but it will get better...stay strong. Thinking to best for you.
Jeff

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steveandnat
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I know how you feel...not wanting to even go on the computer. This really stinks but it will get better...stay strong. Thinking to best for you.
Jeff

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schnauzerheads
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Keep rockin' Buzz

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herdizziness
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Well, we all knew something was wrong, I hope it eases for him soon, dang, sounds rough as Craig has testified.
So glad you updated us, thank you so much Jennie.
Winter Marie

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Kathleen808
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Jennie,
First huge hug to you!
Second, thank goodness. I am sorry Buzz is so sick but glad he could call.
Buzz, you are in my prayers.

Aloha,
Kathleen

luvmum
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Thank you so much for your update! I'm so glad he is ok. I remember when my mum had the most severe side effects from chemo, she got the best result from that too!

Please ask him to hang in there!

Fight for my love
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Thank you,Jennie,you have been always so sweet,thank you for all your efforts to reach Buzz.Buzz,you can do it!Hope you recuperate soon!

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Thanks, Jennie, for updating everyone on Buzz. I just read this post today (Nov. 2) since I've been occupied with my own major health concerns.
Buzz, if you're reading this, just wanted to say I'm glad to hear about you, sorry to hear that you've had such a bad time with the Folfiri, & I'm hoping that you either have by now or will very soon work something out with your oncologist so you can get some relief.

I've had a hard time myself lately with pneumonia and learning from a CT in the hospital that I've had significant tumor growth & now I can't do anything about it until I fully heal from the pneumonia (they say another 3 -4 weeks before I can do any kind of chemo treatment).
Buzz, remember that rope you used to talk about? Well, I've been trying hard to hang onto it- I hope you still are too, even as it's so very hard sometimes. I'm praying for ya...

Hugs,
Lisa

pscott1
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Lisa...I'm sorry you're having a hard time also. I'll be thinking of you in your "off chemo" time. Hang in there...I'm pullin for both of you!

Pam

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Thanks Jennie, for being such a good detective! Jo Ann

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