Sounds like your husband is doing really well! I think the energy thing is normal; my doctor said to give it a good 6 weeks....my surgery was a little over 6 hours long and I guess it takes awhile for the anesthesia to get out of your system, too. I did have a laproscopic surgery, with hand assisted. I only have 2 small incisions, but then a bikini cut where the doctor used his hands to do the attachment of my small intestine to my rectum. My colon was 8 feet long, which made my surgery a little longer than he planned....he said normal colons are 5-6 feet long!
I had my surgery because of colon inertia....I could never go without taking laxatives, and sometimes they didn't work well at all. I lived over 30 years like that, so I really don't complain about going 20 times a day, although today I've gone much less. I take a lomotil to slow things down, and then I feel stopped up, but when I don't take them I go all day....I'm sure it will work itself out. I just am so afraid of not being able to go again though!
I live in Florida and had my surgery in Orlando. Where do you live? Tell your husband I'm jealous of his "piles"!!! Hopefully I'll have them one of these days! LOL
Wow a pile, did you ever think you would happy about a pile:) My husband (Steve) does not take anything. It's hard to believe how well he is doing. He goes tops 7x times a day. The surgeon asked him to keep a diary of how many times a day he goes. I think the surgeon is going to be very happy with his progress. We are waiting to find out how long his colon was because his stomach is half the size it was before surgery. They made a comment about taking a lot out (joking that it was twins) I was shocked when I saw him right after surgery. I was not expecting his stomach to look that different. He lost about 24 pounds but has put 4 back on. He wants to keep it off so he is trying to eat right.
Have you been depressed at all. This seems to come and go, I don't think he is giving himself enough time. It has only been almost 4 weeks. Are you able to pass gas without any problems? Things are going well here in that department also. Thanks for the talks, it's good to talk to someone that is at about the same point as Steve is. We will be seeing the surgeon this coming Wednesday.
Good morning, Steve is able to eat pretty much whatever he wants, Doc gave him no restrictions. The doctor said he would be able to tell what was going to bother him and if it does don't eat it. So far sesame chicken and wings, he needs to go sooner and more often after he ate these. I'm sure he will try these again since he like them both so much. It's strange but his system is really the same just more often, he goes the most in the morning and then it slows down. He would go 3-4 times a day before the surgery. I know he has been blessed with a really good outcome and I am sure the doctor will be pleased. I pray your system will settle in and become a little more bareable so you can go back to doing the things you enjoy. When he needs to go out for a while he gets up early enough to use the bathroom a few times. We went out to breakfast and shopping yesterday, he needed to use the bathroom twice but it was not urgent and after the two times he was good for a while. Do you work? If so will you be going back soon?
Enjoy your day, praying you go a little less today then yesterday:) baby steps, I always try not to ask for to much at one time then I can't be dissapointed, so if we pray for a few times less maybe we will at least get one:) Silly but it works for me. enjoy!!! donna
What kind of fiber are you using? Maybe trying a few different ones might help until you figure out what one works best for you. Steve used citrasil (sp?) They say they can work different for some people. might be worth a try.
That's great that you have all the time you need to recover. Steve has been on disability for 10 years now so he has all the time he needs. We had to stay in a hotel in Rochester where he had his surgery, we were there for 8 days. Were you close to the hospital were you had your surgery?
A granddaughter how nice. Is she the only one you have? We have 4 grandchildren. Jacob 14 and Kyle 11 (oldest daughter) and Hannah 10 and her brother Nicholas 6 (our youngest daughter). What a blessing these four are. We took our lap top with us and we were able to see and talk to the kids every night on skype. We see the kids everyday so it was hard when we had to go out of town.
Have a wonderful Easter! Do you have warm weather? We are in the mid 40's here. At least the sun is shining.
The fiber I'm taking is cholestryramine, which is also a cholesterol medicine, but I don't have cholesterol problems, so that's strange. Anyway, that's what I surgeon prescribed. He did say at my appt. last week I could try something else. I may do that.
My little Julia is my only blood grandbaby, but my husband (we've been married 24 years) has 3 older boys who all have children. They live in VA, so we only see them a few times a year. My son lives in Florida about 45 minutes from us, so I get to see my "Florida grandbaby" every week...in fact, I usually keep her at least one day a week while they are at work. I haven't been able to for the last few weeks, but I think a couple more weeks and I'll start again. Tonight my son and his wife are going to a birthday party, so they'll drop the kids off (my son married a girl with a little boy) and I'll keep them. My son and his wife will come back later and spend the night and we'll have Easter together tomorrow. I love all the grandkids, they are older and come visit us in the summer, but it's so nice to have a baby close by!
My surgery was done in a hospital about an hour away, but my husband just stayed the entire 8 days with me. Our hospital has a hospitality house where family can stay for $40 a night, so he did that, but actually stayed with me most of the time. The room just gave him a chance to get out a little. My son lives nearby, so my hubby was able to get out and have lunch with him too. I didn't mind at all, and it kept him from going nuts!! I just really liked having him with me at night.
Off to hard boil some eggs so Felipe (step grandson) and I can color eggs tonight! I also got a couple movies, so we should have a good night. My little Julia is the best baby I've ever seen in my life; she's always happy, never cries, and goes to bed at 9:30 and sleeps til 8 am. I told my son not to expect that from the next one!!
So glad to hear that Steve has done so well with his surgery; you all must be very happy. After my surgery I had the same type of pressure that you described. My GI dr described it as the stool gathering into the rectum and causing pressure/pain at the attachment site; this lasted for about 4-6 weeks.
I wish you a wonderful, healthy Easter.
Judy, I'm glad you posted , I have been going to send you an e-mail. Do you have e-mail at home or is it at work. I know your computer was leaving with your daughter last time I wrote you at home. I still have your e-mail address, I will try an e-mail. donna
Grandkids are the most awesome little people. Our children both live next to us, family land. My brother-in-law and mother-in-law live by us also. No our last name is not Walton:) I would not want to live anywhere else. I love our children being so close. Sound like you are going to have a great night.
My mother-in-law was in Rochester with us, it made it difficult to stay all night at the hospital. I was worrying about her overdoing. I felt bad because Steve wanted me to stay with him but mom couldn't drive back to the hotel alone. He had one really bad night so I sent mom back to the hotel with some cousins that had come for a visit and I stayed with Steve for the night. To do over I would send her home after a few days. Steve takes care of his mom since his dad passed away, it has been a very long time that he has been gone and he is close to his mom and I know she really needed to be there. She is 78 and I swear somedays she has more energy then I do. Couldn't love her more if she was my own mother.
Enjoy your day with your family and have a very blessed Easter. donna