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Not Passing Me By

Real Tar Heel
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Thanks for the thread of concern TruBrit! Maybe we should discuss my UK connections someday. Thanks to all who expressed concerns for my well-being.

Seemed like the world passed me by while I was in.

TL;DR version

  • the surgeon was happy with the results of the resection. He cut out the big ones and burned the wee ones.
  • there were complications; I developed an ileus. That was a nightmare. It extended my hospitalisation a week.
  • I watched the world seemingly turning upside down from my bed (when I wasn't watching reality shows)
  • They announced Chadwick Boseman's passing while I was in. I used to write about movies (for a job) so I had followed his career. BLACK PANTHER was my son's favorite movie. Only made him worry more...

I don't know what is next. There was a pathology report that my surgeon kept forgetting to show me and they have not yet released to my online account. He did confirm that the liver tumors were mets from the original colon tumor, but that doesn't tell me a ton. He was so worried about the ileus I guess.

My aunt is now talking about taking any further treatment elsewhere, but as it stands now there is nothing to treat.

 

I'd write more but I'm still having trouble sitting up at the desk. More when I can get set up in the bedroom.

 

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SnapDragon2
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Not sure what an ileus is but sounds like a successful surgery with the mets if his main concern was an ileus?  I don't know why they embargo your results like they own them.

I had no idea about Boseman until I read about it the other day.  It is so sad.  

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Annabelle41415
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Sounds like some positive news, and like SnapDragon2, I'm not sure what an ileus is either.  Just take time to heal and don't push it.  Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Kim

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Trubrit
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Yes, I checked your link, and read about what a Ilius is.   I hope they got it under control, because you do NOT want a perferation of the intestines. That is what 'almost' happened to me, and did happen to my best friend's father. It is a complication that one does not want on top of a resection or at any time, of course. 

I would push for your results. If the Onc has them, then you should know what they are.  Just sayin'

Take good care of yourself during this healing process. Don't over-do it, because it will just cause more problems down the line. Like I told our friend, TomM, it is easy to think you can do more, because you can't see what is inside you.  Just imagine a nasty incision on your arm. You would take real care of it, not to irritate or break the wound open. Well, that is what you look like on the inside. So take care. 

And yes, I am English through and through. Even after 30 years living in America, I have my accent. I use English terms - well, not the ones that have other meanings over here. Got into some embarrasing situations over some of those. My heart is still deep in the English countryside, but I am happy in my little rural desert town - now. Took me several years, I confess. 

Right, it is 3:30 am and I'm wide awake. I hate insomnia. 

Tru

Real Tar Heel
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Hi Hi

My best mate from college is a dual citizen born in the Yorkshire area near Barnsley (I tend to remember where my friends are from based on their proximity to football sides, lol). One of his English cousins is a dear friend who lives in Scotland now. I've another mate living here who is from the midlands like Middlesbrough. I spent a summer in London in the 90s. Because of my exposure to this lot I can talk funny sometimes.

They wouldn't have allowed me to leave without evidence that the old bowels were performing as required. Everything is a little off but at least I'm not in hospital!

 

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Trubrit
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I hate to tell you this, but everything is going to be a little off for possibly a long time, if not forever. 

I am almost eight years out from my bowel resection, and things are still very much a little off. I can control it somewhat, with a healthy diet; but I don't always follow a healthy diet, and I suffer the consequenses. 

Of coruse, you may heal and leave it all behind you. Just best to be aware that it might or might not ever be the same. 

I am still English, having never become an American citizen. I think after I turn 65, I might not have to take the test. I am usless at tests, and that is probably the main reason I haven't gone for it. 

At least I know a couple of you here on the forum - Sandia has a good grasp - will understand me when I go off 'in English English'. 

Be good and heal well. 

Tru

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SandiaBuddy
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Yes, let's talk about "the mods" again. . . Tongue Out

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Trubrit
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That was way back in the 60's. 

Tru

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Allidoisyoga
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Very happy to hear your surgery went well.  May you continue to heal and would love to hear more once you get everything set up.  I am sending hugs and strength.  Talk soon. 

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