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Re: [MOL] weight loss



Please share the nausea cocktail recipe with us all....

Sally Tilson
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From: Martin Auslander <fitecancer@earthlink.net>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Cc: lisa@top.net <lisa@top.net>
Date: Sunday, December 28, 1997 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: [MOL] weight loss


>Lisa Whiting wrote:
>>
>> Hi, everybody.
>>
>> It's my turn!  My brother had that Radical Pneumonectomy on November 25th
>> and has lost 35 lbs. since then.  In other ways, he is doing AWESOME!  I
>> couldn't have imagined that less than a month later, he would be walking
1 -
>> 2 miles/day and driving!  He does still have pain and is tired, also, but
my
>> biggest concern, at this point, is his lack of appetite.  I realize that
the
>> 10 days he was in the hospital and wasn't eating alot decreased the size
of
>> his stomach, but even now, alot of times smells and the sight of food
makes
>> him nauseous.  How much of that do you suppose is attributed to pain
meds?
>> He is a big man, anyway (about 6'2" and started out about 227 lbs), but
now
>> he really looks thin. His frame is so large.  I know that he still is not
at
>> a dangerous weight, but what really worries me is that Chemo starts in a
>> week or so......and probably 3 or 4 cycles and then radiation.
>>
>> Any input?
>>
>> Lisa
>>
>>
>Dearest Lisa,
>
>Yes, since my Barb had 41 treatments of various chemotherapies in three
>years, I have much to share with you to pass onto your Brother.
>
>First from the emotional side:  Seek out chemotherapy as a friend, a
>treatment to heal, not to be looked as an enemy and devastating factor
>that causes severe side effects. That is not based on fact. Chemotherapy
>is a treatment to reduce and control cancer cells. So Barb use to say
>"bring it on". It is a positive belief that also tended to get her
>through the majority of the side effects that are legally written about
>all chemotherapies.
>
>Second: It is essential that your Brother not lose any more weight.
>Besides the emotional factor about chemotherapy having a tendency for
>someone to lose weight, there may be some side effects that may , I am
>saying may, cause some weight loss.  Pls seek out a nutritionist that
>will monitor him for they type of chemo he will be under in order to
>determine the correct proper foods for him.
>
>Third:  AS for side effects:  We have experienced and I suggest to many
>who experience nausea that we have been given a great cocktail or
>combination to be taken prior and during and subsequent to chemotherapy.
>This cocktail was prescribed to us after many months of frustrattion and
>severe nausea that Barb was going through. Well after a meeting with our
>oncologist and pharmacist and administrator of the hospital and my
>yelling at them they decided to prescribe this cocktail. She had no more
>nausea, not even a hint. So I will be glad to pass that on to you as I
>have with many others and it has succeeded with their bout of nausea as
>well.
>
>Fourth:  He must drink a lot of fluid, water. Like 1/2 to 1 gallon a
>day. chemotherapy since it is toxic does cause eventually some kidney or
>organ deterioration. I am talking however prolonged treatments. They
>will also take blood tests to determine the toxicity and levels of the
>organs to make certain that they do not deteriorate, but in the meantime
>he must drink plenty of fluids.
>
>Fifth: To avoid mouth sores and this is very common. After chemo he
>should rinse his mouth out with warm salt water about 4- 8 times a day
>for a period of 3 to 5 days after chemotherapy.
>
>Sixth: He should keep very busy with the things that he enjoys doing. If
>he can some physical exercise is essential. It was walking on a
>treadmill for about an hour each day and walking the malls  and good
>nutrition that made it possible for Barb to incur so many treatments of
>chemo.
>
>Seventh: continue researching and providing hope and encouragement and
>positive energy. He will and you will be in good hands with all the love
>that you give each other and the support that we will provide you both
>with.
>
>I have much more to share with you. If you wish to e-mail me personally
>I will try and answer some more of your questions and concerns.
>
>Lisa, you are a terrific caregiver. Be kind to yourself and be strong.
>Take time for yourself, to be as stress free as you can. That is what I
>learned in order to have the strength to continue and pry and researach
>and dedicate hours to finding means and methods to overcome Barbs
>disease. It pays off. Take care of yourself as well.
>
>God Bless You and your family. WE are here for you, for as long as you
>wish.
>
>
>marty Auslander
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