Three year survivor - Hello, MaryFrances

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Registered: 07-20-1999
Three year survivor - Hello, MaryFrances
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Fri, 02-21-2014 - 7:45pm

Hi MaryFrances!  I just thought I'd check in and let you know the latest.  On March 31, I will be a three-year survivor of pancreatic cancer.  Hooray!  That awful Whipple surgery leaves your body changed for life, but I can handle it.  Of course they did have to increase my insulin, however, they are more or less leaving it up to me on how much to use.  I take 122 units of Lantus a day.  Does that seem too much to you?  They want me to take Humalog before meals but that tears up my lower g.i. system and I can't do that.  I don't eat big meals or many carbs anyway, but when I do plan to eat a bigger meal (like my treat for having to visit my oncologist is a trip to Ruby Tuesday's), I do about 14 units of Humalog.  Just wanted to know your thoughts.  I have changed my family doctor and the new doctor has said he may send me to an endrocrinologist as my A1C was 8.  (But that was at Christmas time and I just had to have a bite of anything offered to me!  My bad!)

How's  your little darling?  Does she stay with you at the computer like she used to?  We are still having a time with little Freddie.  He is more cat to handle than we've ever had to deal with.  And hard-headed as he can be!  He chases Poco around until we stop him or she finds a place to get away from him, but we still love that little devil.

Like to hear from you, how you are doing, etc.  I will try to visit the board more often.  A good deal of my time is spent not feeling up to par and I tend not to get on the computer much.  But I've missed you!  Just wanted you to know I'm still around!

Debby  =^..^=

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Registered: 07-31-1998
Mon, 02-24-2014 - 11:27pm

Hi Debby,

I am so glad to hear from you. And I am glad that you are doing as well as you are. My diabetes is doing well but I have developed bunions and numbeness in my feet so I am being treated for that. The bunion hurts but not the numbness.

Abby is going to be 8 in July and that doesn't seem possible. A year ago the vet put her on a gluten free diet and she has gained weight, mostly stopped vomiting and become a loving kitty.Of course it costs me a fortune to feed her but she is so much better. She has never gained back all the weight that she lost five years ago when she got sick. But her fir is pretty and she is very active around the house. She still doesn't go outside per choice and that is fine with me. Today she was laying on the blanket on the chair next to me when I was stitching and I heard a funny noise. She had gotten my thread and was trying to swollow it. Right under my nose! But at least there wasn't a needle attached.

Since you are on sooo much Lantus and yet your A1C is elevated I think you would do well to see the endocrinologist. Maybe a different short acting insulin would help you and not mess up your GI tract and that way you could lower the amount of Lantus you are on. Perhaps you are a candidate for an insulin pump.

Do report back and let me know how you are doing. I am really glad to hear from you. I hope you continue to do well and enjoy your fir children. Just remember they think of you as just another big cat!!

Mary Frances

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Tue, 02-25-2014 - 3:29pm

Wow, MaryFrances, glad you found that thread before she got it into her.  I'm glad she's doing well and I know what you mean about how expensive it is to feed her.  But money is no object when it comes to our babies.  Little Freddie got on my stomach, laid back so I could rub under his chin, he was just a-purrin', and then he sat up and bit me!  What a devil he is.  Not a hard bite, just a hard love bite - he doesn't know when to stop!  Poco came in today with a live bird we had to chase all over the house.  Finally caught him and released him as it seems she didn't hurt him, no blood or cuts.

So you believe I am on a lot of Lantus?  I wasn't sure as they kind of leave it up to me to decide.  I don't know about that stuff, especially since the pancreas is half gone, and I would really like to see an endo.  I will do what I can to convince my doctor to refer me to one.  Thanks a bunch for letting me in on that.

Take care of the baby.  I realized ours will be six and two this spring.  Time flies.  I don't feel like I've had them that long.  But Boots we had for 17-1/2 years and he was the fatest cat (26 pounds) we ever had.  We really don't feel like we had him that long either.  We figure these will probably be the last cats we'll have as we are growing old, Rob is 65, I'm 63, and by the time these are gone, we'll be ready for a retirement community!  Or the home!  LOL!

I will try to drop in more often.  I will have blood work on April 8 for my tumor count and I'll try to remember to update you and also let you know if I've seen an endo.  Take care, my friend.  Sorry about your bunion - couldn't be where you foot is numb.  It never works out that way!

Debby  =^..^=

 

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Registered: 07-31-1998
Wed, 04-09-2014 - 2:53pm

Debby,

You have now had your test done and soon you will have the results. Please don't forget to let me know how you are doing. I do hope you got to see the endo also.

Meows from Abby and hug from me!