alright really weird questions involving belly buttons and lettuce!

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summerstorm
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   Posted 12/13/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Before you freak out the belly button and lettuce actually have nothing to do wtih each other, lol.
 
Ok here is my problem, when i was pregnant, instead of popping out, my belly button sort of caved in so it is really really deep.  Ok, well that was fine and all.  But after surgery it has ended up sewed half shut and the wafer goes over it partially to.  So, and this is the gross part, it gets really icky and red inside.  I can't really clean it very well, the opening is small and also it's partially under the wafer. 
Here is my question, do you think i could have my belly button sewn the rest of the way shut? 
 
 
Ok, and here is the other thing, and this one is really gross.  Has anyone noticed that certain foods sort of float in the toilet and are hard to flush down?  i have the worst time with lettuce, and it's really annoying.  Any suggestions on how to get that to not happen?

hendersonjames
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   Posted 12/13/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
This sounds more like the fault of your toilet.  I get floating lettuce bits but they usually go down. Sometimes a second flush might be necessary.

summerstorm
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   Posted 12/13/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah it is partially my toilet but sometimes it happens everywhere. And it's rather embarassing, lol i mean you can't just go out of a bathroom and leave lettuce floating in it.

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   Posted 12/14/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
For the lettuce I would suggest placing a bit of tp on the floating offender and then flushing. I had that problem at work before (one toilet for the ladies and only 4 of us ladies--and said toilet was right near the office so everyone would know it was me!!) but it involved corn. I really didn't need everyone knowing what I had for dinner the night before. yuck.

My belly button is weird, too, it looks fine but I have to use alcohol or peroxide to clean it every few days. When I told my surgeon about it he took a look at it and said,"oh, you have a little potato patch!" Umm...is the the technical term?!?! And I really don't want a dang potato patch in my belly button! I really don't know if the doc would sew yours shut but you would think that a doc could at least fix it so it won't get inflamed. It can't hurt to ask. Maybe, you could get a plastic surgeon to fix it--the scarring is bound to less obvious that way--we don't need anymore!!!

summerstorm
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   Posted 12/14/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
you know i never thought of a plastic surgeon. Mine doesn't get like a lot of dirt dirt in it, it's cause it has the bandaid part paritilly over what is left and it gets water and sweat and stuff down in it. Thank goodness i didn't have it pierced, lol.
I dont need it for anything anymore do it?

and good advice about the TP never thought of thateither.

justjenjen
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   Posted 12/14/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine's not dirt either--sweat and water but it gets yucky b/c I guess it can no longer "air dry" like it did pre-surgery....

summerstorm
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   Posted 12/14/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
oh i thought he was saying potato patch like there was dirt in there, casue you know how you will tell a kid he has enough dirt behind his ears to grow potatoes?

tbraz
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   Posted 12/14/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Now you had me thinking about my belly button and mine has been numb on the right side since my surgeries, anyone else have this?
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suebear
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   Posted 12/14/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Somewhere I heard that surgeons try not to mess with the navel because it can be an emotional area due to the fact that it's the origin of our lives.  I wonder if it might be worth visiting a dermatologist to get ideas on how to keep the area clean and dry?

 

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


summerstorm
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   Posted 12/14/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont have an emotional attachment to my belly button
ooo if it got sewn shut, i could tell people i was a clone and prove it because i dont' have a belly button!

sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 12/14/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL! I asked my doctor why my incision was curved around my belly button, and he said that they could easily just cut straight through and the only reason they don't is because of what Sue said - because peole basically freak out if they no longer have a belly button. To which I replied, "Well, I guess it's just as well you left mine there, because I will still have a place to store lint this way."
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summerstorm
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   Posted 12/14/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont understand why someone would be upset about their belly button, it's not like you need it anymore

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 12/15/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Oh, wow, that interesting about the bellybutton...I don't have mine anymore and at least for me, it is not a big deal!!!  The first surgery went around it but there must have been issues with the subsequent ones because its been gone for about 8 years!!!

Summerstorm--before I switched to Hollister I had to cut the wafer tape around my "bellybutton" area because it would always pull up and leave a sticky mess which would also start the tape separating around my wafer.  Maybe you could do that and at least be able to clean it...

I am SO glad I am not the only one with the lettuce problem!!!  Thanks for the tp suggestion tongue


summerstorm
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   Posted 12/15/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
i tried the tp this morning and it helped some, but alas, there was still some lettuce left floating. I swear you try to eat healthy and look what you get! I just try not to eat lettuce when i am gonna have to be using a bathroom at someones house!

mom9mom
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   Posted 12/17/2008 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I think every one is right about the reason thay go around your bellybutton but if dosn`t bother you I would think it would not be a big deal to sew it shut.My mother had to have hers removed about ten years ago and she loves to tell people about it.It would be healther (I think)to close it up if it is always getting sore and inflamed.It could posable lead to a infection but I dont think your DR. would close it up unless he was doing some other surgery around that area but you could ask.A plastic surgen might do it thay do just about every thing else.I think it is strange that your bellybutton caved in mine always did the poping out thing and now with all the surgery it is pulled so much by scar tissue on the side of it its almost flat across the skin and hard to tell its a bellybutton.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


summerstorm
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   Posted 12/17/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
mom9mom-i was actually heartbroken that my belly button did not pop out! i thought it was so cute when pregnant women had their bellybuttons showing through their shirts. But mine never did, and i went almost fullterm and i was very very big, lol. I was all baby! But then after i had him, my belly button didn't go back to normal size it got wider and much deeper.
I wouldnt see how it would be hard to just stitch it shut, i am gonna ask my girlie dr what he thinks about it, cause that is the next person i go see, and i dont have just a GP right now.
thanks everyone!

peggy113
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   Posted 12/17/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Most of the right 1/2 of my belly, including what I have left of my belly button which is now just a little indentation, is still numb. I don't think it will ever come back. It's not really bothersome. I think I've just had so many surgeries that the nerves are just damaged beyond repair. No big deal for me really.
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mom9mom
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   Posted 12/18/2008 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Peggy just like you I have had so much surgery on the right side of my belly I can not feel anything eather.I have 9 scars from surgery on that side and a lot of damage to the nerves.It still feels strang to me when I rub the skin on that side but do not feel it.The area that I feel things is on the scar`s thay still hurt when the skin gets pulled.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


mom9mom
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   Posted 12/18/2008 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Peggy just like you I have had so much surgery on the right side of my belly I can not feel anything eather.I have 9 scars from surgery on that side and a lot of damage to the nerves.It still feels strang to me when I rub the skin on that side but do not feel it.The area that I feel things is on the scar`s thay still hurt when the skin gets pulled.Summerstorm let us know what your DR. says.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


peggy113
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   Posted 12/19/2008 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Every now and then, if I twist or move in a strange position, I get an internal twitch or pulling sensation.  It is pretty rare tho.  That is the reminder to me that I have had some surgeries done in my past and even at that I have to think about it, "Oh Yea - probably scar tissue of some sort just pulling" is what I say to myself.  Like I said tho, it is pretty rare for me now.  A twitch or pain here and there sure beats the daily pain from the CD I once had!

Peggy
      
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spongebabe2pants
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   Posted 12/22/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I have 2 bellybuttons! Well, kind of. My incision opened up above my BB after my first surgery and I had to pack it for over a month until it closed up. There's still a small dent there that isn't nearly as deep a BB, but I mistake it sometimes in the mirror. I think my surgeon made my BB cuter when he stapled me back up :)
The skin around my bellybutton is weird now though. I can't really say it's numb, but it's a very weird sensation when I touch it, especially the scar that arches around my BB.
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008


summerstorm
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   Posted 12/22/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL two bellybuttons, thats too funny. I have mine compelty covered by some tape right now, that's just how my stuff went on thistime, and i must say it's weird to not be able to feel your belly button!

mom9mom
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   Posted 12/24/2008 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
spongebabe2pants since you have 2 bb and my mom has none can she get one from you?I agree with summer that is just to funny that you have 2.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


spongebabe2pants
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   Posted 12/24/2008 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
haha, yea it is pretty funny. I've spoken to a few other people who have two for the same reason. I think we're all willing to share with those less fortunate ;)
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
Meds taken with no result: 5asa, imuran/6mp, remicade, and of course prednisone, both oral and enemas. Also, many many herbal remadies.
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008
2nd j-pouch surgery (ileostomy reversal) on November 14, 2008
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peggy113
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   Posted 12/25/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had folks offer me a lot of different things, ie. some of their weight, which I would gladly accept if I could get it, but BB --- hmmmm?!!!!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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