Posted by Essjay on Jan 5, 2020 6:42 pm
well done on your 65lb weight loss by the way - totally awesome. No wonder you knee feels better :)
Posted by Brighty on Jan 5, 2020 6:44 pm
Posted by Buffythevampire on Jan 5, 2020 8:03 pm
Posted by Dot75 on Jan 5, 2020 9:09 pm
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Jan 6, 2020 7:00 am
Chiming in with what my Dad was told - no supplements unless the oncologist says so! Because of the chemo he is on, (and it varies from patient to patient), he has to take B12 and Folic Acid. He also takes a calcium plus D3, but this is for his osteoporosis, not his cancer. Dad has never had an issue with iron, so I can’t help you with that.
Like Buffythevampire Says, Dad’s oncologist said he can’t take antioxidant supplements (Vitamin C, turmeric capsules), but he can still eat foods that have these things in them - oranges, curries, and blueberries - as long as he doesn’t overdo it (he said, for example, not to sit down and eat a whole bag of oranges...)
What I can recommend to you is to hide veggies into his food - spinach is especially “hideable”: I layer it into lasagna, chop it into meatloaf, hamburgers, and pasta sauce. A half cup of beans (kidney beans, baked beans) has 25% of an average person’s daily iron requirements, so you could substitute the egg in a meatloaf for beans to bump up the iron content, and you could sneak ground beans into a pasta sauce (or almost any sauce, really - Sechewan, hoisin - but he probably doesn’t eat those, based on what you’ve written.) I’ve even heard of people hiding vegetables in cake. Jerry Seinfeld’s wife wrote a cookbook about substituting vegetables in food.
Posted by Dot75 on Jan 6, 2020 9:41 am
Posted by Lacey_adminCCS on Jan 6, 2020 10:06 am
Looking forward to hearing how it goes today! I hope you get answers and all is well for treatment.
Posted by Dot75 on Jan 6, 2020 3:18 pm
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Jan 7, 2020 8:40 am
Your doctor said the same thing as my doctor! (Actually, mine shrugged, and said, “It’s your money.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, eh!)
One thing about taking Tylenol when you’re in chemo: because chemo suppresses the immune system, chemo patients are often told to watch for fever, as this can be an early sign of an infection. When Dad was on one of his chemo meds, they had him taking his temperature every day, so as a precaution, I asked him to take his temperature before he took the Tylenol just so we could be sure he was OK before he took something that would “hide” that particular symptom. Your husband could be on a different chemo med, and this might not be necessary, but it’s something I thought you might find helpful.
Posted by Dot75 on Jan 7, 2020 9:36 am
thanks again, Dot
Posted by Lacey_adminCCS on Jan 7, 2020 10:39 am
I just wanted to say your husband is so lucky to have you organizing appointments, researching information, and talking to his medical team. It's not easy but you keep plugging along.
Do something nice for yourself today you deserve it!
The low blood count explains why he was so tired and had no energy!
Posted by CentralAB on Jan 7, 2020 12:34 pm
Hi Dot75 although I'm no expert I have read posts on here about certain vitamins counteracting the effects of the chemo. I would say to wait to talk to the doctor before giving him vitamins or suppliments .
For eg, some supplements are water soluble, others are lipid soluble. And in some cases, these kinds of details can be missed, and then unintended consequences will happen. I think supplements are a generally good idea, but I would advise that people use them wisely. We still get "diet" advice from people once in a while. Seems as though there is no end to the different combinations one can find.
Posted by CentralAB on Jan 7, 2020 12:40 pm
Well we got a call this morning that we have to be at the hospital early so they can repeat his blood work,it was too low on Sat. Fingers crossed that the chemo will proceed. I will e asking about supplements I can give him. Thank you to all of you!
Posted by Dot75 on Jan 7, 2020 2:55 pm
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Jan 8, 2020 8:09 pm
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