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Indabag
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 10/20/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone:

It has been a while since I last posted but I have been checking posts on a regular basis. I am recovering well since my reversal, although it was a bit rocky at first. I am back to work full-time which is kind of unbelievable coming from where I was! I arrived just in time to see my 401K turn into a 201K! Ha, Ha, a little accounting humor (very little!).

I know many of you, like me, have had several abdominal surgeries. Needless to say, my abdominal wall is really weak and I know that I am prone to having incisional hernias. My question is, has anyone had experience with an abdominal support wrap. The hernia supports I see in the catalogs are kind of "low riding" and my area of weakness extends north of the navel. I have seen some "slimming wraps" but I am not sure if that would be appropriate although it looks like it might fit the bill. I'm probably in-line for hernia surgery at some point but I would like to put it off as long as I could.

If anyone has any thoughts on the matter it would be appreciated. Thanks,

Richard
Indabag
 
Ileostomy in August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. Reversal May 2008.


flchurchlady
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 10/20/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Richard!

It's so good to hear from you! :-) I'm glad you're working full time and are doing well. That's great! I've never had a hernia, so I'm no help with what to do there, but I'm sure someone will chime in soon. Sorry your 401K took a hit, but it's good that you can have a sense of humor about it. Hope you pop in more often!

Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


sfgiantsjo
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 420
   Posted Yesterday 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Richard! I just now saw your post! Good to have you back around! I'm feeling ya' on the 401k thing. Boy, is that a mess. I'm glad to hear you are doing fine, except for the hernia stuff - ouch. Keep us in the loop, and let us know how you're doing. I hope someone can help!

Joann
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
 
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2007. Step 2 & ileosotmy switched to left side - May 27, 2008, and take down August 8, 2008. LIFE IS GOOD.


mom9mom
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 489
   Posted 10/23/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a very large hernia.My DR. just told me he dosn`t want to try surgery because it is to massive.I wear a suport garment that is for slimming down but its the best that I can find that dosnt cost over a hundred dollers.
Lost half of my small intestine, Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression


Ohio43
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 10/23/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Richard,

Being a female I guess does have its advantage in this case. There are so many choices for women in the "slimming" down look category, that got lucky finding "modified" briefs (as they're now called instead of girdles). They're actually somewhat sexy so you don't feel like you "really" need them. No more of the "grandma" style girdles. Even women, who probably don't need them, wear them. Pretty comfortable, too. I found the hernia belts to be extremely uncomfortable. Being short wasted (only 5 3 1/2"); the belts were always riding up my back. By the way, I too have a hernia. I went into the emergency room about two months ago thinking I may have had a heart attach. I had extreme pain in my chest, stomach and right arm. They did an EKG (which seemed to be fine), and a CAT scan. The CAT scan showed the hernia on one side of my stoma.

Maybe you'll find something online similar to the woman's modified brief. It would definitely be more comfortable for you.

Good luck.

Mary

nene205
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 302
   Posted 10/23/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
 Glad to hear you are doing well enough to go back to work. Got to pay the bill, eh? I have a small hernia beside my stoma that really doesn't hurt. It just looks like heck!! I wear a Nu-Hope ostomy belt every day and  have become so used to it that I feel undressed without it.

maine
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 10/24/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
HELLO ALL
 
HAVENT POSTED FOR AWHILE...BACK AT WORK FULL TIME AFTER BOWEL RESECTION AND TEMP COLOSTOMY LAST OCTOBER.  THEY TRIED TO RECONNECT IN FEB OF THIS YEAR BUT COULD NOT..STILL NOT HEALED ENOUGH.  I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT IN NOV TO TALK AGAIN WITH SURGEON  AND WILL TRY AGAIN AFTER THE HOLIDAYS TO RECONNECT.
 
OH  TEMP COLOSTOMY WAS DUE TO DIVERTICULITIS THAT PERFORATED SIGMOID COLON, SO THEY REMOVED A PORTION.
 
MY QUESTION...HAS ANYBODY HAD THIS SITUATION?  I'M SCARED TO DEATH THAT THEY WONT BE ABLE TO RECONNECT.  I AM THANKFUL THAT I'M STILL ALIVE BUT WOW..WANT TO BE RECONNECTED SO BAD!  HAS  ANYBODY HAD ANY SUCESS, GUESS I NEED SOME REASSURANCE AND HOPE.  HAVE HAD NO PAIN WHATSOEVER SINCE SURGERY AND I FEEL GREAT..EXCEPT I DONT EAT CASHEWS AND FRESH CORN ON THE COB ANYMORE! HA
 
SO  THANKS FOR ANY INPUT YOU CAN GIVE ME!
 
BEST REGARDS,
 
DIANE FROM MAINE  (  ITS COLD UP HERE!!! )

peggy113
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Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 10/24/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Diane from Maine --- you may want to begin a new thread with your post. Just copy and paste it into a new subject so it doesn't get lost in all of Richard's well wishes. I'm sure someone will come along soon and respond if you do that.

RICHARD!!! My gosh, where have you been? Lurking, huh?! I'm with ya on the 401K thing, more like a 101K!!!! Hey, good to hear from you and wish you the best. Back to work full time just in time to get geared up for the new tax season?
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


nene205
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 302
   Posted 10/24/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't like to be political but I am really upset after reading that Congress is considering taxing our 401K's!! And this isn't when we withdraw it either. On a positive note, it is good to have really good ostomy friends. We are a tuff bunch.:)

Indabag
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 10/26/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All:
Thanks for the good wishes! My "slimming" wrap is still on the way but I'll be sure to let you know how it works out.

Nene: The current law re: 401Ks is that they are normally deductible when the money goes in and taxable when it comes out. The neat thing is the you get the deduction when you need it (while you're working) and the taxes on the withdrawals & earnings (interest, dividends, cap gains) are deferred until you take the money out (presumably when you are retired and in a lower tax bracket). That has been the law and I am unaware of any political party suggesting any dramatic change to this situation.

Sorry to drift off topic but since so many of us have had financial issues due to absences from work I thought a clarification may be in order.

Plus I totally agree that ostomates are totally awesome!

Richard
Indabag
 
Ileostomy in August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. Reversal May 2008.

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