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Old 02-17-2019, 01:13 PM   #1
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Doc Said I've Got Some Good News, & Some Bad News...


Doc said "I've got some good news, & some bad news"

The bad news was that I had a crap sandwich.
The good news was that it was better than no sandwich at all.

That was last June, about 5 days after my first round of chemo for non Hodgkin lymphoma. The shrinking lymphoma resulted high risk overnight emergency bowel recession, due to a ruptured small intestine. I eventually dropped about 65 lbs ( 207 to 142) , & went through three hospital emergency runs, mostly due to dehydration resulting from utilizing only 1/2 of my digestive tract.
It was a tough row to hoe, but since my ileostomy reversal in early October, I have been recovering extremely well. Doc says that he's confident that this will be a one time occurrence for me.

Life is good!!!
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Old 02-17-2019, 01:31 PM   #2
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good to hear.

what's your fighting weight?

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Old 02-17-2019, 01:32 PM   #3
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Life is indeed good!

You are still here for a reason my friend. So happy to see you back and hear how blessed you are.
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good to hear.

what's your fighting weight?
I'm up to 176, & gaining daily. I'd like to be at about 185 in the end. The bigger issue is strength. For every day in hospital, it takers 5 days to recover. I was in hospital on 4 different occasions, for a total of about 40 days. I have gone from a wheel chair, to being able to carry heavy stuff up full flight stairs.
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Good going on kicking ass, man!

As a fellow 210er, I cannot imagine what being 140 looks or feels like.

Could you even raise your arms?
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Good going on kicking ass, man!

As a fellow 210er, I cannot imagine what being 140 looks or feels like.

Could you even raise your arms?
Raising arms was ok, but raising legs was a major. It was extremely difficult to even get out of the hospital bed. My knees, & ankles at time wouldn't bend, & couldn't bear weight due to all the swelling issues.

Today I weighed in at 178...up 2 from a couple days ago & I'm proud to say it's mostly muscle!

If anyone is interested in pics, I've got some good ones!

Thank's to everyone for the kind words. It means a lot to me.
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All I see here is good news, as some one who has fought the battle I under stand where you are.

Thankfully you are on the back side of a bad journey and life continues your strength will come back and the further this gets in the rear view the better.

I am so happy for you, you are a valued member of this forum and like all members we care about our friends.
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Dammit man, I was just wondering about you the other day. Sorry to hear ya been through the ringer, but glad you came out the other side without your toes pointing to the sky.
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Waiting on those good pics....
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I had been feeling run down, & tired very easily for 3 or 4 months prior to final diagnosis. Me & my wife knew something was going on, but my primary doc let me down, because he couldn't see me for a few months.
Then it was 6 weeks of seeing my cardio doc, a couple of gastro doc visits, & endoscopy procedure ( top down). By this Point in time I was so bloated that I couldn't sleep, & had many reflux episodes due to bloating. I was so bad it resulted in me standing up through the night! He wanted to do a bottom up scope, but I refused procedure. I finally talked doc into an xray, resulting in subsequent cat scan. Within 1 hr of cat scan, I had my lymphoma diagnosis! I was ecstatic to finally have a diagnosis, so We could get on with treatment! This pict was about 1 month prior to Lymphoma diagnosis, & later emergency hospital run because I couldn't breath anymore.
Once I was admitted to hospital, it was a whirlwind of tests, & procedures. The 1st on list was to have almost 1.75 gallons ( 7 liters) of fluid removed from my abdomen, & right lung! It was great to be able to breathe again! Then bone marrow aspiration from pelvis/cheek bone, a power port surgery, +more was done. I was then ready for my 1st round of chemo.
1st pict is about 1 mo before hospital admittance at about 205 lb.
2nd pict is near 142 lb time.
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Did you keep the doctor? What did he say about screwing up?

That sounds scary and frustrating.
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Geez, customer had 4 liters of fluid in him, said it was like someone sitting on his chest. I can't imagine 7 liters.
get better soon


leave the carrying of heavier stuff to the young guys

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Did you keep the doctor? What did he say about screwing up?

That sounds scary and frustrating.
My wife won't have anything to do with him anymore. She was in tears trying to make the original appointments, & she is a nursing professor at Xavier University. She also went through a bout with Leukemia 8-9 years ago.
I really like the guy, but what's the point of having a primary if they can't see you when your sick?
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I would have been totally BS about it. I'm BS about it, and it wasn't even me.

Good for you for going the x-ray route, I don't even follow the logic of scoping under the circumstances.
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I had a primary I thought was worthless for what was going on. My insurance would cover me seeing any doctor if I was travelling, so I found a definite good one close to relatives, and went for a vacation.

Check your insurance, and don't hesitate to take advantage of what they offer, the life you save maybe be yours. Or your wife's...
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You must be one tough SOB if you went that long with that much fluid and I bet it scared the Holy bejeezus out of both of you.
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Time to grow the ****** mustache back bro !
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