• How long does it take someone to become stronger after 5 wks of radiation & chemo? It's been 3 wks and still bed ridden.

    Asked by simplifylives on Sunday, December 11, 2011

    How long does it take someone to become stronger after 5 wks of radiation & chemo? It's been 3 wks and still bed ridden.

    He is extremely week, shaving even causes him to loose his breath. He was diagnosed w Esphagael C stg 3 the end of 9/11 and has gone frm 180 lbs to 122. He has not has surgery yet & I'm terrified he wouldn't be strong enough to survi e it. He finished his radiation/chemo 3 wks ago and was in the hospital for 42 days. Please tell me if this is normal and how long it takes to heal. Thank you.

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    • danellsar's Avatar
      danellsar

      My husband has stage 4 esophageal. He's done all his chemo and radiation outpatient. The times he was hospitalized were for low blood counts (needing transfusion) and for blood clots. Are your doctors treating him for something specific? Usually, after chemo, they give a cocktail of meds to help with nausea, energy, etc. For my husband, he's usually wiped out the first day, then ok, then really nauseated about day 3-4 after his treatment.

      I think you need to ask the doctors what's going on. 3 weeks bed ridden and out of breath doing normal hygeine sounds like more than just chemo reaction. Is he eating at all? Getting proper nutrition is vital. Is his pain level treated? Pain can cause a lot of problems if it's not addressed.

      Hope things look better soon.
      Ellen

      almost 6 years ago
    • simplifylives' Avatar
      simplifylives

      Thank you for your responce, he has gone back to the hospital for a transfusion 3 times, his chemo was done in patient. When he asked his Dr what was going on, they said is white blood count was very low, they were trying to get his body to rebuild them on its own, when it wouldn't be receive some shots to assist towards the end of his stay. His potassium level was low as well and he was also anemic and very nausea and he also started having problems with his kidney functions. After being in the hospital so long he became extremely depressed for obvious reasons and almost suicidal (and he is a phcyologist!) it's so heartbreaking, he insisted on going home the first time only to be re admitted the next day for another week until his insurance company stepped in and said they were not going to pay for his hospital stay any longer that he could go to a nursing home which obviously would not be an option! He has never drank or smoked, the esaphgael cancer came on suddenly and we think because of gurd. He has a hard time eating and has been forcing himself for the last two weeks.

      almost 6 years ago
    • simplifylives' Avatar
      simplifylives

      Oh and he did need a blood transfusion as well... This helped for about two weeks:) He also looked so much healthier during this time, he is on the pain patch, Xanax, promethazine, mirtazapine, and marinol right now and this is all.

      almost 6 years ago
    • gdytko's Avatar
      gdytko

      Well the Marinol did help me, with taking Oxycodone. That controlled the pain and a little of the appetite, eating was very difficult. I had started juicing carrots and apples together. I drank it as much as I could all day and tried to eat oatmeal, Mac-n-cheese, avocados and anything soft and easy to eat. Having the juicer really helped, I mixed beets and high protein veggies with fruit, mainly apples. They made everything taste better.

      As much as I wanted to stay in bed, I had to just get up and walk around. Opening a window to get some fresh air or going outside for a little bit, taking a lot of showers and watching comedy shows on tv, all these things to try to keep moving while, keeping a positive attitude.

      I have stage III also, Thank God surgery is possible for him. After the surgery I was in the hospital for ten days, that was the worst part. I couldn't get up and move around for several days, and when I did, it was like trying to learn how to walk again. I had to learn to eat and.... , it was hard at first. It was all the same thing when I got home, eating soft, juicing, pain meds, and moving around as much as possible. Don't forget that positive attitude !

      Pain management is very important through all this.

      Keep on moving :)
      Gerrick

      almost 6 years ago
    • gdytko's Avatar
      gdytko

      To add on, I lost about 50 pounds myself. That was expected, and I had a feeding tube after the surgery, I was almost going to have the feeding tube placed before the surgery, somehow I got out of that and got it during the surgery. They removed it a month later, but I could have kept longer if I felt I needed it, and if I wasn't eating enough.

      I hope this answers some questions,
      Gerrick

      almost 6 years ago
    • simplifylives' Avatar
      simplifylives

      Thank you very much Gerrick for your insight... This truly helps us so much understand more of what to expect and helps us to realize what he is going thru is somewhat normal:) Everyone's assistance has been so wonderful with helping ease the anxiety:) question please... How long after your surgery did it take you to recover and get back to a somewhat normal way of life? Also how long before food started tasting normal again? Thank you so much!!! ;)

      almost 6 years ago

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