cathater and ladies time

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Miss UK
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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd never had a catheter before so didn't know what was involved so when I started to bleed after my operation I thought it was something to do with that as I was no where near my time for a period.  Anyway it seems it was a period after all brought on perhaps by the stress of the surgery.  The thing is it was awful dealing with it, it was very humiliating and none of the nurses would help me.  
 
So my question is (as I'm due a takedown soon) what can you do about it if you have a cathater in I'm presuming you have a catheter or do you not have one in for as long I don't want to worry about making a mess on top of everything else.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/14/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   

Miss UK--I know, that is the worst!  Last time I had just had my period and thought I was lucky that it was right before surgery and I wouldn't have to worry about...well two days after surgery I got it again!!  I had already had the catheter removed tho...

If I remember right, I didn't even have a catheter when I had my reversal.  It is so much easier than the original surgery...my doc didn't even have to make an incision:)  That does help in recovery.  I hope things go well for you!!


Miss UK
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   Posted 1/14/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ohio76, probably another thread but my surgeon told me it would hurt so much more than previous surgery and I would be in hospital for around 7 to 10 days and will open up my original scar (from belly button to pubic line).  All the info on here seems people are only in for a short stay and do well I hope my surgeons wrong after all no matter what the previous surgery was for surely a reversal is a reversal, sort of the same for everyone?  Anyway your words 'so much easier than first surgery' gives me great hope and I shall hang onto that so many thanks :-)
36 year old single mum to a 2.5 year old son
Suspected Crohns when 10 years ago had a very painful rectal abscess
Diagnosed with Crohns desease properly 6 years ago
2008 developed fistula bowel perforated onto bladder resulting in temporary ileostomy
hopefully a reversal around March 2009.


tbraz
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   Posted 1/14/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Miss UK

My takedown was much easier because my surgeon went thru the stoma opening only and then closed it.  Did you have a total colectomy or was it surgery to take out a diseased portion of your colon? Are you having a 2 step where they are creating the pouch and takedown all at once?

I had 3 step J-pouch surgeries where 1st step is removal of colon-2nd step is creation of jpouch-3rd step it closing the ostomy. I didn't have a cathedar for takedown, but I did for 1 & 2. And I got my period for all surgeries even though I had just gotten over it just before. I recommend to bring your own pads just in case (I hate hospital pads & underwear)

Good luck with your next surgery! Let us know when you can how you are doing


Theresa

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
3 step Jpoucher as of 4-15-08


Miss UK
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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Tbraz, No I haven't had anything done like J pouch I just had the ileostomy for a rest after surgery to many internal problems.  I wonder why some surgeons can close back up through the stoma hole it seems mad to re-open a big scar as well if this is possible yet my surgeons meant to be one of the best here.

36 year old single mum to a 2.5 year old son
Suspected Crohns when 10 years ago had a very painful rectal abscess
Diagnosed with Crohns desease properly 6 years ago
2008 developed fistula bowel perforated onto bladder resulting in temporary ileostomy
hopefully a reversal around March 2009.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/15/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
that's a good point tbraz! Miss UK find out why he has to open you back up...could it be more than just a reversal?

Miss UK
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   Posted 1/15/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I thought it was just a reversal as all the other work to my knowledge has been done.  I will ask why and let you know I'm a bit worried now because maybe there is more because he also said it would be harder to recover from than my first surgery though I can't think what else there would be to do.
36 year old single mum to a 2.5 year old son
Suspected Crohns when 10 years ago had a very painful rectal abscess
Diagnosed with Crohns desease properly 6 years ago
2008 developed fistula bowel perforated onto bladder resulting in temporary ileostomy
hopefully a reversal around March 2009.


pepperann27
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   Posted 1/15/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the stress from surgery makes the period start because I get depo shots and haven't had a period for years, but I got my period after all my surgeries even with the cathader in, they gave me some pads to use and some underwear, it actually wasn't as bad as you would think, but it was weird to me when it started
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!

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