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My dad - 3 weeks post RC

11 years 2 months ago #19652 by Gene Beane
Melissa,
Strength is defineately compromised, it takes a good 4 to 5 weeks before any stamina shows its face. Gene took walks down the drive, about 100 feet, up and back the first 4 weeks, it was all he could do, so its not surprising. I bought him the BOOST, and milk shakes to gain the 30 pounds he dropped.
What really happens is as long as you push yourself a little more each day the fatigue will lessen. Eating well of course helps, Gene went on B-12 later at 3 months. Thats all I can offer right now, it will get better, its hard as everyday seems the same, and nothing feels better, tell him there will be a noticeable change at 4-5 week period... lovingly, Ginger

Hospital Cleveland Clinic r/c Sept.14,2007
Surgeon. Dr Stephen Campbell and Gill
Gene Beane..66 Ford Motor Company
Engineer, retired Vietnam Vet

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11 years 2 months ago #19647 by Melisa
Thanks guys for your support! Dad continues to do well (considering). When I spoke with him earlier today he was saying he is having a hard time with fatigue. I know this is a normal post-op effect but I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice on nutrition or medications to assist him with this side effect.

I did pick up some "BOOST" nutrition drinks today and will drop them by to him - maybe it will help?

I hope all of YOU are doing well!

Hugs to all of you!
Melisa

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11 years 3 months ago - 11 years 3 months ago #19305 by Leigh
Dear Melisa,

I am pleased things are going well for your dad and understand his relief on having the foley removed. That really gave me some jip the whole time it was in....

I wish your dad all the very best with his continued recovery...

Leigh

Leigh, 39
Dx July 2007
TURBT July 2007
RC/Neobladder ,Studer Pouch, September 2007
Erasmus Centrum Rotterdam
TNM Classification: pT4 N2 Mo
4 cycles aduvant chemo Gemzar & Cisplatinum

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11 years 3 months ago #19302 by Webs
What a great mile stone being tube free! I gained back ten of the 19lbs I lost. His appetite will kick in and all will be well.

Webs

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11 years 3 months ago #19301 by momof4
Great News!

I wish you and your family the absolute best!

Karen

Caregiver for my Wonderful Husband Angelo, who has Metastatic Bladder Cancer.

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

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11 years 3 months ago #19299 by Melisa
Hello everyone.

Just thought I would let you all know how dad is doing 3 weeks post his RC. He went back to the surgeon for a 3 week follow-up this past Tuesday. They did a cystogram to check things out and removed the foley catheter. All tubes are out now and he is RELIEVED to say the least. The foley was beginning to cause terrible discomfort the week prior to having it removed. Everything is healing well, his spirits are good and now he begins learning how to function with the neobladder.

He's lost 15 lbs - which we know is normal. The incision site is healing nicely. So far so good!

I hope you all are doing well with your treatment courses. My thoughts, respect and prayers to you all!

Melisa

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