What do i do the day before surgery?

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ruissarr
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   Posted 8/27/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I know my dr will specify once i get closer, but my surgery part 1 is september 11, and i am working right up to that date, do i need to take the day off work the day before? i know i have to drink that stuff "halflitley" wrong spelling..
on the RX it gives you choices whether to start at noon or 4pm the day before and then i am really confused because they hospital told me not to eat after midnight the day before surg..of course im not going to eat! LOL
my question is then:
1. do you recommend not going to work the day before to prepare
 
2. do i need to be COMPLETELY empty, like a colonoscopy? it would make sense, i dont want anything leaking inside when they slice it...
 
3. how mobile are you they days after the surgery? you have to have help going pee etc?
 
 
my name is Isaac, 24 year old guy, UC since I was 17
remicade for two years, worked OK but got married and was told it could cause birth defects so I quit feb 08. my wife reminded me that i still had D most of the time while on remicade.
ALWAYS sick with something either mild or serious, all related to UC and the medication
Wanted to start a family Jan 09 so dr stopped 6mp, wife got preg in may so I am back on 6mp also lialda and 20 mg pred
 
j pouch surgery is scheulded for sept 11, 2009! soon i will be med-free!


geminisunset
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   Posted 8/27/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I was already out of work before surgery because of how sick I was. But besides that, it was basically just like the prep for a colonoscopy. So if I was working, I probably would have worked a half-day.

As for the days after surgery, I had a catheder (sp?) for a couple of days. I still got up to walk around a little bit, but they left the catheder in until I could get in and out of bed easier.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006  Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
1st Surgery for J-Pouch: May 22, 2009 - need 2 more surgeries, dates TBD
Medications: Canasa Rowasa enemas; Lialda; Prednisone; Protonix; Remicade; Zyrtec-D; Toprolvarious pain meds post-surgery;
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
Current Status: Aug, 2009 - Recovering from the 1st stage of J-Pouch surgery; temp ileostomy; 2 more surgeries to go as there was too much damage to create a J-pouch


Trigirl
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   Posted 8/27/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't go to work the day before. The prep stuff wiped me out from running to the bathroom and draining energy.

I got told the cleaner the safer for them seeing what they are doing and the risk of infection from poo that could get things infected or messy. I hear they pump water around but still..

After surgery I was in bed for a day and a half with legs movers? and a catheter so didn't have to get up to go to the bathroom. After they said the more I walked the faster I would get better so I got up 3x a day for little walks around the unit. I guess it gave me goals and kept me from going stir crazy.

ruissarr
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   Posted 8/27/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
trigirl, whats your story? u dont have a signature with your posts...did u have ur surgery recently?
my name is Isaac, 24 year old guy, UC since I was 17
remicade for two years, worked OK but got married and was told it could cause birth defects so I quit feb 08. my wife reminded me that i still had D most of the time while on remicade.
ALWAYS sick with something either mild or serious, all related to UC and the medication
Wanted to start a family Jan 09 so dr stopped 6mp, wife got preg in may so I am back on 6mp also lialda and 20 mg pred
 
j pouch surgery is scheulded for sept 11, 2009! soon i will be med-free!


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/27/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
i would take the day before off, just casue you will be in the bathroom all day!

I had a catheter for 2 days i think. And didnt get up at allthe day i had surgery, i was too drugged and ended up having to have blood so i was really weak.
But i hear that some people get up andstart moving that day.

glaciergrl
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 269
   Posted 8/27/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Take the day off! Try to relax, take a nap etc! You will need all your energy for recovering. Do the colon prep to desrease your risk of infection as mentioned already! I had an infection and it wasn't fun! Good luck! I'll be thinking of you!
25yrs old/ teacher/ Wisconsin

Diagnosed UC Pancolitis in Nov 2004
Diagnosed PSC in Oct 2006
 
Proctocolectomy and J-pouch formed with loop ileostomy April 2009
Reversal June 2009
 
 


SocalJohn
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   Posted 8/27/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Id take the day off for several reasons. Most important it will be your last day of freedom for at least 5 days, cause your gonna be stuck in the hospital. However, if one had to work, you could easily work the entire day. Just start your colon prep as soon as you get off work.
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