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Snick1946
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01 May 2021
03:32:53pm
Some of you might not have noted my recent absence from posting as much on here. Last June I developed a mighty major illness; an outgrowth of an ongoing stomach/intestinal illness. I went to see a doctor who explained after a colorectal exam that I had a large growth in my gut, probably not serious but it needed to come out. Hospitals then were not accepting routine admissions, I got pills to handle my discomfort and then waited for a vaccination. Finally got mine in February then this past week went in to get this removed. They took out over a foot of my lower bowel and reattached it, no fun at all, I can say. I spent four days in a nursing facility then came home yesterday. I will be on a special diet for two weeks.

When my doctor told me he was signing me out he said they found a four inch growth in there . No cancer. He said 'you're through with that for now'. Never heard any more welcome news.

So how's your day going?

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Strider
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01 May 2021
04:08:19pm
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Well, my day's going well here in UK. In the dodgy body stakes, all I have to offer is a urethral stricture requiring weekly self catheterisation, and an ominous hernia that always looks like it's about to get really bigger. And a DVT, which puts me on warfarin (all rats have packed and left the house). And blood pressure probs, requiring a regime of indapamide and some other tabs whose name I forget.

As an old lady who I see on the fields when taking the dog out says, old age is not for cissies. Or she quoting Bette Davis?? And there are lots of people with far bigger problems, so I just buckle down and get on with it. Sounds like you've been lucky, all things considered.

Onwards!!

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Snick1946
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01 May 2021
09:29:45pm
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Yes, incredibly lucky.

It did get me thinking about disposal of my collection.

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DannyS
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02 May 2021
04:06:27am
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Craig you can live quite normally with sections of small bowel removed. It seems it's an organ with which we are over endowed. About a dozen years ago I did a total Buster Keaton ladder fail and ended up with a small bowel transection. Because our hospital may not have had the latest scanners it took a bit of finding and I suffered a bit with a very large surgical wound, but I don't think the loss of some small bowel had much affect on my digestive system. In fact I would be wary of putting on weight now yours is fixedHappy

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02 May 2021
08:05:27am

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I phoned a couple of old friends yesterday who I had not had contact with in a long time, only to find out that their medical problems are greater than mine. I looked up the phone no. of one old friend on his advertising literature, only to notice for the first time the sentence in small letters at the bottom - "Retirement will be announced sometime during my eulogy."

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02 May 2021
10:13:06pm

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With me its no brain no pain...my wife seems to get our share of the physical problems.

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05 May 2021
09:48:21pm
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Welcome back on board, Craig!

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Dakota
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06 May 2021
10:06:47am

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Welcome back Craig. Several years ago, I had a bowel resection where they removed about 6 inches of my colon to get rid of an overly large polyp. No problems since then.

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snowy12
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10 May 2021
08:47:32am

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I'm stuck with a blood clot in an aneurism behind my right knee and am on blood thinning medication. They won't operate as I could lose my leg ,queer thing is he is quite prepared to perform the same operation on the aneurism behind my left knee. The restricted blood flow in my right leg causes me to use a walking stick.
Brian

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10 May 2021
11:00:21am
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I am taking a blood thinner called Brilinta which causes me to feel chilly regardless of the actual ambient temperature. I feel silly sitting on the porch in the bright Florida Sunshine with 80°F temperature, wearing a winter shawl and still feeling cold.
I suppose that is common, but wonder if others have that as a side effect ?
ChArlie

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Charlie2009
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10 May 2021
11:13:38am
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I am taking Eliquis, no side effects.

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BrightonPete
10 May 2021
05:17:03pm
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I'm on Firmagon, Zytiga and Prednisone. I now get hot flashes, which WAS great in winter - warmed me right up, but hot and sweaty now with the warmer temps here. At least they don't last for long. Zytiga &/or Prednisone is giving me one side effect, but not serious. Speak to doc in a couple weeks about that.

And I have to use a cane all the time, sometimes my walker.

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11 May 2021
12:34:19pm
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I think we need a separate TOPIC Titled "Old Aches and Pains"
where we can discuss what is/are to many, the most significant
features in our lives. It would be in the "Off Topic and
Relaxation
" section right after announcements. Aches, pains,
operations, cures, treatments, medications, caretakers and
providers, sometimes including ,humorous incidents would all be
fodder for the medical mill..
Stamps would be limited to those showing some medical connection.


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11 May 2021
03:34:06pm
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Wish you ALL well.

Funny how, as we all age, the discussions here, and around zoom, coffee, or the occasional outdoor restaurant meal is increasingly dominated by our health issues.
We need to attract young blood to shift the discussion to Tic Toc, Pokémon, Instagram and e-dating in the year of Covid. Silly

Now my last check up called for additional tests, some poking and probing...and then the doctor said I was a "healthy specimen", and "I will see you in one year"

For all the ailing stamp club members here, may you hear the same words soon.

rrr...

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joshtanski
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11 May 2021
06:40:35pm
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Pokemon is 25 years old now, its been around long enough that it is something parents share with their children.

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snowy12
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12 May 2021
08:38:01am

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Charlie2009
I too am on Eliquis 5mg twice a day and I still got a blood clot ???
Brian

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Charlie2009
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12 May 2021
09:55:27am
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Snowy, Eliquis alone will not be enough. When In Hospital they additionally gave me 300 mg of Aspirin twice daily. Since I am out I buy myself my own @ 500mg. I been doing this now for approx. a year and I am fine.

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12 May 2021
05:37:10pm
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" ... When In Hospital they additionally gave me 300 mg of Aspirin twice ..."

Quote:

"In response, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology updated their guidelines last March. They no longer recommend aspirin for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults aged 70 and older or for those with a higher risk of bleeding, like those with stomach (peptic) ulcers.Aug 13, 2019."



The problem is that there is some risk of internal bleeding that may go undetected. I have also read several reports that higher dosages are continued despite these updated recommendations, some prescribed and others self medicated. I think they mean gastro-intestinal bleeding. I have been taking two 81 enteric tablets and at my most recent doctor visits (Cardio) no question has been raised.
I think that the threat of a crippling blood clot is of greater concern than some intestinal bleeding and the risk of the former far out weighs the latter, especially if someone has a friend or relative who was stricken by a serious clot. I suppose the best choice is a moderate dose of the one or two 81 mg enteric pills.

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Snick1946
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15 May 2021
11:16:36am
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Last week I had a phone discussion with my nurse at the doctor's office. I was told that the low fiber diet they have me on could be sort of permanent. No body at my hospital told me about this outcome. They led me to think I'd be on this for 2-3 weeks, now they're making this into a life commitment. I get lots of 'at your age' sort of things.

Anyone have any idea where I can find reference on this?

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sheepshanks
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15 May 2021
11:55:11am
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Craig, if you do a google search for "lower bowel removal, diet" there are lots of hits which will yield some useful information.

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