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ladybug0709
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   Posted 4/15/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
 
I am scheduled for my surgery this Friday. Any last minute advice? I am trying to get the house together, pack my bag, etc.... What type of PJ's did people bring? Are draw string pants ok? Or is a night gown better? They are hoping for Laproscopic surgery - taking out part of my terminal ileum and a little bit of my colon.  I have no idea what to expect - (pain wise or what I will and won't be able to do the first couple of weeks.)
 
Ladybug

LynnRN
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   Posted 4/15/2009 4:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Best of luck with your surgery,hope all goes well :-)

Take comfty jammies,loose fitting would be best,robe,slippers,then for the days you get "bored",a good book,magazines,DVD,note cards,puzzle books,hopefully your stay will be short and sweet,most importantly,get in good with your nurses yeah    ofcoarse,that is coming from a nurse tongue


PSA
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   Posted 4/15/2009 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Wish you all the best for your forthcoming surgery. I am sure you will feel much better and in good health after surgery.

Do keep us posted. You will be in thoughts nad prayers. Take Care.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracl: Albert Einstein
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


gachrons
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   Posted 4/15/2009 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wishing you the best I wish I had taken extra underware and socks.. wishing you the best. They pretty much lookeed after pain management for me and I feel so much better now.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail
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Nanners
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   Posted 4/15/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
My one tip would be to ask the anthesiologist for a pain pump for after surgery. These are great because you don't have to wait for the nurse to bring in your pain meds, you just push the button as needed and are given a measured dose of pain med. I also would bring extra undies and socks and when I am in the hospital I always ask for the men's pj pants. They are more comfortable and you don't have your tushy hanging out of those hospital gowns. Good luck and I hope your surgery brings you to a long long remission.

Hugs
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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"*

fimk
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Take someone with you to watch over you and question what they are doing and why, until you can do that yourself. Had that surgery 5 times, it is piece of cake! Good luck
Over 30 years experience! Dx 1976, surgery every seven years, the only effective long term drug has been very low doses of prednisone. Refuse to take anymore immune suppressants.


Bammer
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having surgery in May and was wondering the same thing about the PJ's. Replies have helped me. Thanks, good luck and keep us posted.
55 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Sigmoidectomy scheduled for May 11/2009


crohnielass
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   Posted 4/15/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I too wore loose fitting pj's as for the pain i agree with Nanners about the pump i had that but also had the op done under epidural which is a quicker recovery wishing you all the best will be thinking of you x

catpower
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   Posted 4/15/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck to you!
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.


SydneyJo
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Nanners re: the pain pump. Also get up and moving as soon as you can, lay a pillow across your tummy to help support you getting up, try and do this after hitting the pain pump that helps too.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Jo

Dagger
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
You may just need some loose bottoms. I've always had to wear the hospital gown after surgery due to the IV. You can't get a regular shirt on when you are attached to a pain pump. Ask for an extra gown and wear it backwards over the first one like a robe. This keeps you from mooning everyone when you go for walks.

If you have Crocs, use them for slippers. They are easy to get on and off and give you good traction so you don't slip, plus, you can wear them in the shower.

My pain was very well controlled while in the hospital. It was worse when I got home until I realized I was overdoing it. It can take up to 6 months for your intestines to settle down. Expect to be really tired for a few weeks. You should be able to move around and take care of yourself including heating up meals but cooking a 5 course meal will probably wear you out.

Bring some chapstick or lipgloss, hospitals are dry and they won't let you drink anything for a few days. A backscratcher is great if pain meds make you itch, you can scratch your legs without bending. Ear plugs or an MP3 player helps cut down on the night time noise. A small pack of baby wipes is great for freshening up, you'll feel (and smell!) better. If you have long enough hair, consider braiding it to keep it out of your way.

good luck.

crohnielass
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   Posted 4/16/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   

ladybug0709

just to say good luck for tomorrow, hope all goes well for you wishing you a speedy recovery Bev x wink


ladybug0709
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   Posted 4/16/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for the kind words. I have my stuff layed out to pack - but totaly putting it off. I am heading outside to enjoy the sun and go for a walk one last time. I have to "check in" at the hospital tomorrow at 6 am. Will write again once I am home.
Crohns almost 17 years. No surgeries. Currently taking Imuran and Entocort. Also take multivitamin/mineral supplement, omega -3 oil, calcium and vitamin D. Eat lots of yogurt. Limit wheat and gluten as much as I can.


Nanners
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   Posted 4/16/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
(((ladybug0709))) Good luck tomorrow!!!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
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"*

goldy3
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   Posted 4/16/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish you luck and a speedy recovery!
42 year old woman diagnosed with UC 1991, Jpouch surgery 1992, Crohn's diagnosis 2009
Current meds: 800mg xifaxin, 6mg entocort, Humira (started 3/23/09), synthroid, aciphex
 

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