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Unread 04-19-2001, 01:41 PM
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Hello all,

For those of you that read my post about the delay in my radiation I wanted to give an update. I saw the GI doctor about the bowel movement problems Wednesday. He decided I did not need the colonoscopy.
We think it is a fissure.... which is no picnic but with new medication he said I can go ahead and start. So I started radiation today!! I am very happy to get started. The whole thing just took minutes. I'm now one day down. They also gave me the low residue diet to follow. Wow.... does this low residue diet go against everything we have learned? I would appreciate any feedback about how closely you followed the diet during radiation. How many of you had problems with diarrhea and if you did were you following the diet?

Thanks so much for any info.

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Unread 04-19-2001, 04:06 PM
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I don't really have any info for you, but I had to tell you that I think your attitude is wonderful!! You sound so excited to get started and that is so refreshing...the sooner you get started, the sooner you are done! Good for you!!!
Unread 04-19-2001, 04:54 PM
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Hi Zoe,
I don't have any info for you either on the diet, but also just wanted to tell you I am thrilled you have started your treatments. Thats great news. And so good that you didn't need the colonoscopy too!!
Keep us posted on how you are doing!!
Keeping you in my prayers!!
M. xo
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Unread 04-19-2001, 05:24 PM
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Well Zoe, you can keep me informed of how you are doing and I will know what to expect. I still have another 2 to 3 weeks towait. I just want this over and done with, it seems all I have done for this past year is wait. Good luck with your treatment . love to you always x x
Unread 04-20-2001, 05:41 PM
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Hi Zoe,

I just completed day 4 of my radiation....still OK, however, I do feel a burning in my abdomen, not sure if it is mental, or if it is real. Good know you are in my prayers. I still feel rather uncomfortable near my belly button, not sure what that is about.
Unread 04-20-2001, 10:06 PM
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Hi Zoe,

I'm so glad you were able to go ahead and start the treatments. I'm sorry I can't help with the diet side either I can tell you during my chemo treatments, I wasn't really given a specific diet, just told to eat whatever I could.

I'll keep you in my prayers that your treatments are quick, painless and successfull! Please keep us posted on how you're doing.


Unread 04-20-2001, 10:10 PM
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So glad to hear the treatments are going well so far. I hope that burning is nothing to worry about. Please take care and do let us know how things are going.

I'm keeping you in my prayers also for a successfull and quick completion of your treatments.

{{hugs}} to you too!

Unread 04-21-2001, 03:06 PM
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Thanks to all for your response. I guess I'll give the diet a try and see how I do. Valentina, I forgot to ask you about the burning. You have finished four days right? Have you asked the doctor about it or did you just notice it. Gee let me know how that goes.
Unread 04-21-2001, 04:35 PM
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Zoe, I am so glad that you were able to start the treatments. The diet does go against any healthy diet you may have tried to stick to in the past. Salad and fresh veggies are out. Bananas, pasta, rice, potatoes will be your staples. The diarrhea doesn't start right away with some people. Mine started a couple of weeks later although I had nausea from the first day and threw up the whole way (1 and 1/2 hours) home from the hospital. There are anti-nausea meds that they can give you. The diet did help but in the end I got the diarrhea even with the diet and the lomodil, a drug they gave me which was prescription. I got used to it and learned not to go too far from a bathroom.Actually, I started my radiation on December 16th and the diarrhea started on Christmas day after Christmas dinner! The Lord certainly has a sense of humor. I hope everything goes well for you and I will be watching for your updates. Take care and God Bless.

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