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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 3/2/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
So 4 days till my surgery.  The time is going by so slowly, i just want it to be over with now.  I am feeling very overwhelmed and as hard as this is for a man to admit, scared out of my mind.  I dont think i am scared of the surgery just being away from my daughter and wife, and all of those stupid "what if" questions running through my head.  I have been in a lot of pain over the last few days and am just ready for it all to stop!  The surgery will be a combo of open and lapo surgerys so they say i will be in the hospital for 4-10 days depending on how i heal.  I will be off work with no paycheck for 4-12 weeks this is also playing with my stress levels which inturn make my crohn's even worse, it is such a vicious never ending cycle.
I am new to the forum and have really taking to it.  I wanted to thank all of you who have responded to my questions with most helpful information.  It is nice to know that I am not the only one to feel this way.  Good luck and best health to all, and i will keep you updated on how everything is going. 
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Prednisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers
Humira for 1 month from July 2008-Aug 2008 then contracted histoplasmosis and was in hospital for 11 days in Aug. 2008

Surgery scheduled for March 6th 2009

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   Posted 3/2/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Cubfan,

I'm praying your surgery is wildly successful!!   turn    And you recover at lightning speed!  yeah yeah yeah

Try to focus on getting ready for the hospital stay and when you come home -- go to the library and get movies and books, etc. -- and the time will go faster.  And it will help you feel more in control of things!  I am glad you have family.  I am sure you are there for them 100% -- whatever they need.  Now that it is your turn, let them be there for you!

Take care and let us know how it goes!

Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Your surgery will be done soon and you will have great results for this I Pray for you and your family

Stress will do you more damage hun and many a man has admitted to fear
Makes you NO LESS of a man
IMHO it makes you more of a man for being able to put it out there

PLZ do keep us posted on all

Thoughts heart and prayers are with you

NO what if's k they are only that

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   Posted 3/2/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Cubfan are you in the states? If so, have you applied for short disability? At least you will have some money coming in and that might relieve a little of the stress you are feeling.

One other note, just think about how much better you will feel after the surgery!! Yes initially there will be some pain, but within no time you will be feeling soooo much better. Hang in there, and don't let the what if's get to you like Lyn said, they are just that what if's and more than likely will not happen.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 196
   Posted 3/2/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Surgery was the best thing that happened to me. After 3 weeks I was doing good. At 4 weeks I could have gone back to work part time. I had no meds in me at the time. Hoping things go well for you!

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   Posted 3/2/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm feeling really good and Wed. will be 2 weeks post up. No pain whatsoever.
You'll be fine, If I can do it, anybody can do it..

Good Luck!!
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, B-12 injections every 8 weeks.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The best of luck to you! You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and uncomplicated recovery. Please keep us posted! Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 3/2/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck to you. I wish you nothing but the best recovery.
Crohn's Disease - 29 years
Diagnosed at age 10 in 1979
1st ileosecal resection 1989
2nd colon resection 1993
Chronic "D" and arthritis
Chronic rectal stricture with colonoscopy every 3 months to dialate
Insomnia since 1980 - I love my ambien!
SCUBA diver, Master's degree student, college graduate, Pet therapist

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