First resection on Thursday-any advice for me

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aronk
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   Posted 6/15/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm facing my first resection this Thursday and I'm wondering what I should bring to the hospital.  I've got plenty of books, movies etc.., but I'm wondering about clothing.  Is it easier to just wear the hospital garb than to try and bring my own?  I was planning to bring a robe, slippers, undergarments, etc..  Will I be comfortable enough to wear any sort of sweat pants or stretchy pants?  The surgeon is going to start the surgery laproscopically, but may end up having to do an open incision.  It's about 8 inches of my terminal ileum that is being resected.
 
Thanks for any insight you can provide.
 
Angela
 

isergodur
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   Posted 6/15/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually just take comfy pants and some t-shirts
I use the underwear from the hospital because I want to change underwear daily but I use the same pants if I am staying for less then a week and take maybe 3-4 t-shirts.

Good luck..
24 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December 2008..
Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort, Cipralex and Cerazette.
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Irishmom4
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   Posted 6/15/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I wear the hospital garb. The men's pants are pretty comfy. Everytime I have been in the hospital I end up starting my period early so I bring supplies and lots of clean underwear. I also make sure I have a good supply of slipper socks. I hate having cold feet and messing with slippers is a pain. I also bring my own pillow from home. Good luck!! Don't be nervous, it really wasn't too bad.
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney diease in 1996
I was in remission for 16 years, Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
 
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.


Nanners
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   Posted 6/15/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was like Irishmom, I preferred to wear the hospital gowns with the men's pj pants. Sometimes after the surgery you will get explosive diarrhea and I personally would rather soil their stuff than mine:)

I hope and pray your surgery brings you to a long long remission.

Hugs
Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and 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"*

crohnielass
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   Posted 6/15/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi i took loose fitting PJ's and robe and slippers also take some sanitary towels you may need them after the op for a few days good luck for thursday and wishing you a speedy recovery Bev x smilewinkgrin
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma
 No maintance drugs as such on B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, 20mg EScitalopram 4 anxiety.


gachrons
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   Posted 6/15/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Extra underwear for sure. I wore the gowns till I was up and feeling better in about 3 days I guess. I also did some reading between naps.. hope all goes well and be waiting to hear how you do. I am very glad I had my surgery life has been better.lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail
"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and recieve without forgetting ~Aurthor Unknown~Blessed are they that have the joy of helping others~ Moderator gail


Wolfie40
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   Posted 6/15/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I wore the gowns, I didn't kow that they had pants. I think the nurses wanted to see my butt. lol
I brought a dvd player, nintendo ds and books and I did not pick up any of them. I did alot of walking around the floor.
I hope all goes well and I wish you all the best.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics,  Monthly B-12 injections.

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


78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 6/15/2009 11:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an open surgery and I wore the gown and men's pants. I'll tell you, that was the *longest* period of time in my life (after-diapers) that I did not wear underwear. 0_o I had a suction-drain tube/bulb-thing that came out of my abdomen, very low and a panties' waistband would have been too high, so I just remained 'commando' until I was released to go home. Ah, and even *that* was fraught with peril. My unders were a bit too tight over my incision areas and I had my husband snip into the elastic waistband every 3 inches to relieve the pressure.
Loose, comfortable clothing.
Pillow from home. (pillow also came in handy on the drive home as I held it pressed over my belly to prevent any painful jiggling from road-bumps)
Books.
Laptop with some DVD movies. I chose movies rated G, PG or PG-13 so I wouldn't offend anyone with excessive movie-cursing-dialog.
I slept quite a bit.
heidi
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  No improvement with Remicade.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP.  Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections.  Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX.  Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.


Nanners
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   Posted 6/16/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I will tell you that you probably won't be reading too much. I found the most energy I had was to watch TV. So maybe a portable DVD player or something might be better than books or puzzles. I was too dopey to I think to be able to figure out a puzzle or to read. At least in my case that was true.

Good luck
Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and 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"*

aronk
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   Posted 6/16/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for the advice.  I will definitely send an update when I feeling up to it.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

gachrons
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   Posted 6/16/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Will be keeping you in both the thoughts and prayers .lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail
"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and recieve without forgetting ~Aurthor Unknown~Blessed are they that have the joy of helping others~   Moderatorian   gail


78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
*closes eyes to send good thoughts and healing wishes*
heidi
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  No improvement with Remicade.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP.  Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections.  Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX.  Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.

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