AN E-MAIL FROM A DOCTOR.

As an elder in our family was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and we've been doing all we can to be supportive of her treatment and recovery.

Being at the hospital for the initial stages of treatment - which involved an ileostomy. (An ileostomy is used to move waste out of the body when the colon or rectum is not working properly.)and learning to care for a stoma - was a gloomy experience. The word "ileostomy" comes from the words "ileum" and "stoma." Your ileum is the lowest part of your small intestine. "Stoma" means "opening." Your ileum will pass through a stoma after your surgery. Though I have had a good number of patients over the years who live with a stoma, it was my first time being bedside with a loved one who had to have this procedure.

Having to resect a part of one's colon and create a stoma for elimination of waste material is a sobering reminder to be aware of the feedback that our bodies give us moment to moment on the state of our gastrointestinal health.

The truth is that with very few exceptions, disease in the gastrointestinal tract doesn't develop quickly and without plenty of warning signs and symptoms.

Everything we choose to eat and drink has some effect on the health of our GI tract. Where there is abdominal pain, bloating, excessive gas production, chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, or any other symptoms of distress, we need to consider what it was that we ate or drank that caused our digestive tract to struggle.

Staying vigilant in this way is true screening and prevention; if we leave it to an annual colonoscopy to let us know how we're doing, we are disconnected from our health status and setting ourselves up to one day be told that we have a problem that requires highly invasive treatment. more  

Post a Comment

Related Posts

    • Mask Myths Bunked

      Attached for everyone reference friends. Mask comes first vaccine second. Always always mask and remember the attached

      By Sarita Ravichandran
      /
    • Details on zydus vaccine are below and attached

      🔴 ZyCov-D is the world’s first DNA vaccine against infection with SARS-CoV-2. It is a “plasmid DNA” vaccine that uses a genetically engineered, non-replicating version of a type o...

      By Vikram Gupta
      /
    • Mask Transmission Times - Important

      If 2 meters or 6 feet distancing is followed, here is how long it takes for a covid infected to transmit covid to another person. Also modeled for delta variant. Everyone may read and share

      By Sarita Ravichandran
      /
    • EARLY PRECAUTIONS, STEPS AND MEASURES TO PREVENT 3rd WAVE :

      THANKS FOR ALL THE EFFORTS TAKEN BY THE ADMINISTRATION. THE BALL IS DEFINITELY ALSO IN OUR COURT : In the past week we have observed that there was a drift from the downward Graph of COVID19 ...

      By Jayakumar Daniel
      /
    • Is covid vaccine causing hair loss in some?

      Is hair-loss one of the side-effects of Covid vaccine? Please share experience. Male members in the group please ask ladies in your home and respond.

      By Rohini Sahni
      /
    • Covid causing hyperglycaemia

      While diabetes is known to be a risk factor for severe COVID outcomes, researchers are now observing a new long-term health concern in patients hospitalised with COVID19 -- an increase in new-onset...

      By Seema Mehra
      /
    • Vaccination centers super spreaders

      See attached. The Govt must ensure any state govt that is letting this happen suffers consequences via curtailed funding.

      By Ajay Kumar
      /
    • Warning Sign

      India witnesses rise in Active cases after falling for 55 days Delhi witnesses rise in Active cases after falling for 60 days Sorry I have been away for few weeks friends fo...

      By Seema Mehra
      /
    • Wrong injection technique causes clotting post vaccine

      CORRECT TECHNIQUE FOR INTRA-MUSCULAR INJECTION 1. Do not pinch skin up. Instead, gently stretch skin before plunging the needle at a 90 degree angle. 2. The needle tip needs to be ...

      By Sarita Ravichandran
      /
    • Wait 45 weeks between 2 doses of covishield

      Says the latest attached study. If u do u will have 4 times the antibodies as compared to 8-12 weeks.

      By Vikram Gupta
      /
    • Delta Variant has significant immune evasion

      The Delta variant has significant immune evasion and fitness compared to Alpha. Vaccines will prevent severe disease/death in *most* people, but special measures may be needed for those who respond...

      By Seema Mehra
      /
Share
Enter your email and mobile number and we will send you the instructions

Note - The email can sometime gets delivered to the spam folder, so the instruction will be send to your mobile as well

All My Circles
Invite to
(Maximum 500 email ids allowed.)