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honestwoman50
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   Posted 3/2/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone:  So starts the first chapter in my new life.  Surgery went well as my doc expected and he connected my Sm. Intestine to my Rectum,,, so no bag.....that made me happy.  Surgery was a big one and with the help of my Fentnal Med Pump the pain was not too unbearable.  The first couple of days were the worst but it seems to get better and better each day.  So I was in the hospital for 9 days then they sent me home with Nausia meds and some percocets.....around noon of that day.   By early evening I was in so much pain and constant nausia/ vomiting that could not be controlled.  So that night was hell so called the doc and the changed my pain meds to Duelodid 2mg every 4 hrs...still constant nausia with the vomiting and and pain beyond belief, so after 2 days of hell returned to ER.
 
The said I had illisus and put me right back in the hospital and got my pain under control but still battled with the endless nausia...so spent 2 more days in the hospital and was sent home yesterday the 2nd.
 
Had a good night of rest and the pain and nausia was so much better.  I woke up at 7 am this morning and have been up all day milling around the house , reading the mail and stuff like that.  Too much up time today and I have got myself in pain that I can get out of for the time being and the nausia just hit me again really bad...so cant finish this at the moment.  To sick but I am sure things will get better.  Thanks to all of you for your kindness...Leslie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Colectomy ABD W/O Proctectomy; W/Ileosto   2/19/2010
 
 
 
Leslie King


Marsky
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   Posted 3/2/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the update. Since I haven't had a colectomy I am hoping others that have, will have suggestions for the nausea. I only experienced a short span of nausea after my ostomy reversal (when my colon was waking up, bm's starting up, etc.). It was pretty bad. I asked my doctor for phenerghan (sp?) but I heard that they don't always want to prescribe it because it has a drowsy effect, which isn't good if you're trying to wake up the GI tract.

Keep us posted Leslie.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg each evening


Janiepain
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   Posted 3/3/2010 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Leslie,
So glad the surgery is behind you, but sorry for the bump in the road!  My surgery was a year ago, and I never had nausea so I'm not sure what to suggest for that.  How is your pooping though?  Are you going several times a day?
 
I hope the nausea is temporary; my doctor warned me it was very common, but like I said, I was lucky in that department.  Having nauseous is a horrible feeling, I know.  good luck!!
 
Janie

honestwoman50
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   Posted 3/3/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,  well it was a rough night just because I did too much yesterday.  So tired today but better.
 
Marskey-  Phenerghran did not make me drousy but I have been on nausia meds for years off and on....
 
Janiespain-  I try to eat a litlle something every 2 hrs, a bite or two even when I am not hungry plus lots of fluids....  I go pooooy- the watery version at least 10x a day, last night even had a little consistancy, lots of gas.  But its all good...  I am loving the surgery more and more every day as long as I can go poo.  Even ate a few bites of stuff that would normally give me a instant IBS symptoms cramping, bloating you know the uaual war....but it did not bother me one bit..
 
I am a happy camper and I would do it all over again in a nano sec,  I feel like I am finally getting free to be me and I love it.
 
Best wishes to all of you and will let you know what my doc says on my post op this afternoon....wink...:))

Leslie King


Marsky
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   Posted 3/3/2010 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Leslie - compared to how miserable and incredibly uncomfortable you were before surgery, I can well imagine you are a happy camper! Me, I have no idea what constipation feels like but wow, I've heard it's awful. So it seems as if you made the correct decision.

I had rough days after both my surgeries, anytime you have a bowel resection or abdominal surgery it takes a while to feel normal again. After my first surgery, 4 full weeks. After my second, probably 3. By normal I mean pain free days, more stamina, feeling like your old self again. My only difference is I was left with multiple bm's in the beginning after my reversal, I had 3 during each meal and so many in between. A low residue diet helped me greatly. But I'm not sure colectomy patients are recommended to try a LRD.

Rely on the experts here for diet advice (jumping the gun a bit, I'm sure down the road you'll be asking about diet).

Take care.....
Mary
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg each evening

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