Total Colectomy with End Ileostomy May 27th, 2008
I think the only reason I was so emotionally strong was because of the circumstances that led up to the surgery. I became septic and was in ICU for seven days, five of them sedated and intubated. I had about a 10% chance of going out the front door instead of out through the basement. Most of my immediate family made the long trips to the hospital (Mother lives 7 hours away) within days of this and the sad part is I have no recolection of any of them being there. So I would say that I had some real drastic circumstances to judge against having the ileostomy. That made the ileostomy not seem so bad and I was also house bound for the last four or five months so anything was better than the life I was iving at the time.
I have to confess that the lawn mowing was all done on a riding mower. I had my daughter to do the trim work with the push mower. As far as letting my surgeon know, that is why my wife makes sure she goes to every one of my appointments. She makes sure there is someone there to "tattle" on me. She also let the surgeon know that for our 10 year aniversary, just one and a half weeks out of surgery, that I cooked and ate bacon wrapped bratwurst and a jalapeno treat that is called an Atomic Buffalo Turd. My surgeon just laughed and said as long as it made it through I must be OK. The part I liked the best was that I didn't have the ussual "burn" the next day that I normally would have had before, LOL. She said the mowing was fine too as long as I stick with just the riding mower for at least the next three weeks.
I am just totally amazed at how much healthier I feel now even though I am still recovering and am no where close to 100%. I had no idea how sick UC had made me.