I find out/ get to decide this friday if I should have surgery or try a better diet and new meds before going under the knife. Five Blockage related attacks in 6 weeks and then the 6th one ...very mild (2 to 3 hours) last night.
my biggest concern is not the surgery but rather the chunk of time it will take out of my schedule...and once they start will this become an ongoing occurance.
Crohns has really changed my way of acceptance...i used to worry about things and fret over upcoming events...now I just want them over so i can get on doing what I need to do. I used to be so afraid of needles and blood that the sight of either could cause me to grow faint and get all wobbly in the legs....now I give myself shots...I have held the vials of blood for the tech's during some of my blood tests....
the thought of surgery just makes me angry....does anyone know how long you are out of commision for a simple resection of the small intestine? I am told they just make a few small holes and no longer do the big incision....hopefully this helps reduce the recovery time.
Is it practical to think that if I have the surgery on a friday...i could be home by Saturday or sunday and back to work by monday or tuesday with travels starting the following monday?
By the time I finally decided to have the surgery, I was just so tired of being miserable, in pain and housebound that I was ready for ANYTHING. As a matter of fact, I went into my surgery expecting to have a total colectomy and eventual J-pouch. 8" incision and the Surgeon pulled everything out for a good look-see and found only one localized area of very diseased colon so he removed only that (resection) and connected the two ends back together to keep waste removal bagless and an inside-job.
I feel great now. Still having some symptoms, but I feel wonderful. Much, MUCH better than before and I wish I'd had the surgery sooner...but I had to reach that point where my misery over-rode the fear.