And I HOME already! Woot!
My step 2 of 3 went smoothly on Friday. I went into this surgery so much healthier than I did my colectomy and ileosotmy, and - WOW - what a difference. I am of course extremely sore, I did have major surgery, but all in all, things went well. I was extra determined to get out of the hospital quickly. I took my first walk saturday morning, only cause they told me I couldn't Friday night. I continued walking as much as possible. I dragged my sore butt outta bed even when I didn't want to, and cruised those hallways. It apparently worked, as I am now home and about 5 weeks ahead of where I was the last time!
They did have to move my stoma to the left side. I now have to get used to dealing with the bag on that side. It isn't too bad. Just a little backwards. And my stomach is not pretty - all cut up and kinda horrow film looking. I was dreading dealing with the rod through the loop, but the ET nurse removed it during the first bag change at the hospital, so I never actuallt dealt with it at all. After the surgery, I had to spend HOURS in the recovery room, I had very low blood pressure. That has kinda lingered. My BP is now about 95/51, and seems to want to stay there. Oh, and when the Surgeon was checking all my organs, he noticed my pancreas was "hard" I have no idea what that potentially means, but he said he had a CT scan done right there on the operating table, and he's not concerned with what he saw. He wants my regular GI to follow up.
So, that's that. Step 2 done, and I can hardly wait for step 3 now. Some questions for those that have done this are:
1) My butt is just a little sore, really not bad at all - is that normal? I heard it can be painful, but maybe that's just something that will come a little later?
2) How long did it take for your old stoma site to heal? I haven't had my takedown yet, but I have an old stoma site because they moved mine. That incision is taking longer to heal up - they haven't even removed the staples yet.
Anyhow, I'd be happy to answer questions for anyone going into this! I'm so excited to be home just 5 days out!!!!! Thanks for all your well wishes - it means so much.
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2008.