Amanda, right after surgery they will have you on heavy-duty pain meds (I was on morphine) and I could not feel ANY pain
I just now got back from having all of my staples pulled out (the incision was from the breastbone to the pubic area) and I still have no pain at the incision site, and I am now off of pain meds.
I am hoping that you have a very easy and complete recovery. Best of luck!!! Blossom (Peggy)
Hi jmm, Gosh, it does sound like your Dad has been through the wringer this year! He is SO fortunate to have you as a care-giver and advocate. My husband is a RN and he was totally indispensible when I was so sick in the hospital . . . he could "talk turkey" with my nurses and the Dr.
I had never tried immodium while I had the ostomy, since we knew that it was temporary. When the reversal was done, I was semi-incontinent for about 2 days, I would have to wear the Depends diapers to be sure, and RUN to the hospital room bathroom (dragging my IV pole!) . . . on the 4th day, they gave me immodium and it worked like a charm! I only took that one pill, and it seemed to give my colon a chance to remember what it was there for! I still have occasional diarreah (but not incontinence). I also do Kegel excercises, just like many moons ago when I was pregnant.
Just BTW, my husband and I have a summer house in Newfoundland . . . where in Canada are you located?
Best of luck!!! Peggy
Hey jmm, I'm glad that my experiences might help with your dad. This forum has been great for me also, in terms of knowing that there are others out there who are going through similar health issues.
On a happier topic, your son will love Memorial . . . we have several friends who are professors there. And, Newfoundland is a magical place . . . you guys will have a great time. Go to Trinity (site of the filming of "The Shipping News") and whale watch. My husband has 25 years of experience with pediatric nursing (ER, ICU, Neonatal, rehabilitation, etc.) but now (this is ironic) he is working for my gastroenterology group . . . they have their own endoscopy center and do over 30 procedures a day (colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, etc.), so he's a nurse at the endoscopy center. It's terrific in that it is four days a week with no weekends, no holidays and no night shifts!! After 30 years of working in hospitals, with little control over schedules, he's a happy camper.
Hey Jackie, I will keep your dad in my prayers . . . I know how hard it is to be going through a "bad patch", but I am sure that the Dr. will be able to get it under control. Post anytime, and let us know how he does after the Dr. visit.