Hi everyone. I joined this community awhile ago but have not been on here hardly because of being in the hospital and than not having a computer. I was not sure if I introduced myself and if I had it would have been awhile ago so I figured there was probably new people on here and othere who had been here awhile would not know me anyways.
I am a 30 year old female with Crohns disease. I was diagnosed in 1996. That was a scarey time for me becauseI knew nothing about this disease and had to learn all I could. I still do not know everything about crohns but keep learning. I have had quite a bit of surgeries and complications.
I currently have a fistula on my abdomen due to a surgery for a stricture in September of 2007. The surgeon knicked the bowel and could not surgically repair it and thought it would be closed up by now. I can not lwave the house due to the fistula draining too much. He is going to go back in and do another surgery in March. I do not get upset about the surgeries just hate the waiting for this to close up. I spent 10 weeks the last time I had surgery in September and developed jaundice from blood transfusions and than kept getting staph infections from the Iv in my chest and arm. The one time I got a staph infection itmoved to my lungs and I was placed on a breathing tube for two weeks. I do nto remember the two weeks much because they had me sedated most of the time.
It was a scarey time for friends and family. I had so many people praying for me. It was truely a miracle I am here and suffered no complications in my lungs. I also had a total hysterectomy due to enlarged cysts on my ovaries.
I am now pretty much confined to my house because the fistula drains too much. I just got the computer and am happy to beable toread posts from people who understand what I am going through.
I know it seems as if I have been through alot and I have been. I am sure you all have been through alot too. I did go through so many feelings and am not perfect. I have my good days and bad ones too. I am here to meet others who will support me and to also support me too. I hope to throw my two cents in and help someone because you all have helped me by reading some of the posts. I hope to become a part of the community.
If you would like to IM me or email me I would like that. I will alsol look forward to any replys to this post as well as any further postings by you all.