Post Edited By Moderator (Cleo) : 8/20/2005 6:27:30 PM (GMT-6)
Sounds good to me Kelly!
Amira, hope everything comes out ok, ha, no pun intended! My surgeon told me the same thing about those strange pains/twinges on my rt side. They will go away! Glad everything continues to go well for you. You will be tired for awhile, you are still recovering, it took me a good month before I felt back to "normal", even though I went back to work 2 weeks after I came home from the hospital.
Sorry, I did not know the process. Last night I started freaking out thinking I would not be in contact with any of you anymore.
I am backed up again. I ate grilled chicken breast last night. I took big bites and did not chew them very well. I knew when I was done there was going to be trouble. I took 3 stool softenters when I got home at 4 pm today and drank a glass of sunny D. I am trying everything. I feel like crap (ha ha). When I draw my knees up I can feel the fullness down below.
Emma - I have been drinking coffee for quite awhile with no troubles at all.
Questions -1. Does anyone check their stool to see what is coming out and try to figure how long it is taking to pass?. Like for me, yesterday I ate a tomato at 12, it started coming out at 5:30 pm. 2. Also, do you think that food can get stuck in the small intestine. Does food push food out or does it step over other food that has already been there? Example did the tomatoes step over the mashed potatos in order to come out first? I always look at the stuff I pass.
Stupid questions, but I think about them.
Kelly - poor girl... you know better than to not chew your food. Keep drinking lots and lots of fluid and if you are not nauseous try to eat something that you know passes well. But most importantly, keep drinking and walking! Ooh, try something warm... warm up some V8 or apple cider. Warm fluids cause the bowels to dilate which usually clears you out! In answer to your questions..
1. I will admit to looking (and I bet Somer does too). On Tues I was getting freaked out because I had white liquid when I wiped (and I dont drink milk) but then I realized that I had ice cream! I dont analyze it for hours, LOL but I have a quick look-see also to make sure that I had a substantial BM because it can be hard to tell sometimes with my butt end, its not used to pooping!
2. Food usually doesnt get stuck, and when it does its NOT good. Typically if it gets stuck you will have an obstuction which will be followed by nausea, vomitting, and tummy swelling! It is possible to try to push food through, because eating stimulates your intestines to move (although I dont know how it works without your large intestine).
Just went through FOUR storage containers of clothes, and got rid of everything! Some goodwill, some garbage, and some for my skinny skinny friend!
Anyone have any advice for good food to put in my fridge at work! I am buying my own fridge for the office, which I think is just the coolest... but typically I would put fruits and veggies... but I am thinking that eating TONS of those foods wouldnt be a good thing yet.
One more question: I am dying for potato skins from Applebbees... anyone try this or something like it? Technically I am not diet restricted, so there isnt a reason why... but I am scared! hehe they scared me silly :)
Emma - that is cool, your own fridge. Maybe you could put some yogurt, cottage cheese or pudding in there. What about popsicles. Or, I found these really good low fat ice cream sandwiches call "skinny cow". Bake some chicken.
Try some tater skins. I know what you mean about being scared. I still have not tried lettuce or vegtables yet. And I need to stop eating cookies and lucky charms and 10 graham crackers at once and also stop eating brownies. I need a drug to turn off my the "grazing" chemical in my brain or all my clothes that now fit again (they stopped fitting in 2003, but I have been wearing them anyway) will be too tight soon and I hate the thought of that. I hate the thought of my inner thighs rubbing together again.
Amira -So glad to hear your doing good. I too needed all those naps. Especially in the first couple weeks when I could not sleep at night because of that cyst. Take all the naps you need and enjoy the rest. You will need that stored energy. Not seeing your doctor for 6 weeks, sounds like things are just great for you. You were so worried, just like the rest of us were before we did it.
Funny, we are all such worriers, but in reality we are also completely normal. Sometimes when I just sit and think about the finality of this surgery, I get freaked out! I mean yes its over, done with, and I am happy with the results but really think about it... Anyways...
Kelly - you sound like me with the grazing button! LOL, on the soft diet list was chocolate chip cookies if they were soft. BF discovered "soft" chips ahoy cookies and I have been grazing them for the last 2 weeks... grr... I am going to have to shut that off!
Zoe - thanks for the advice! I look to you alot because you had your surgery close to the time that I did ... when was it again? I used to be a big water drinker and one of the things that killed my diet when I went back to school was no time.. cant really drink in class because of the bathroom issue. I had a summer class last summer, and I had a teacher that asked if I was a diabetic because I was in the bathroom every hour. How embarrasing!
Stupid me thought that hard was a good thing! I was amazed that they were formed already. I was even showing off by telling my husband, "Hey, I thought I'd have to wait a year to have formed BMs, I'm healing great!" But, I haven't really had to strain, maybe just a very little -- still, thinking of spitting my anastamosis site is scary! about the water, are popsicles OK? I've been having a lot of those to compensate. Thank you Emma!
Amira dear - well its not a horrible thing, but I just wanna make sure that you are not straining. I will say that since I started eating a little bit more food my BMS have been a little bit more solider than they had been previously... yes popsicles count for water... but seriously you have to get 64oz of water... and if you are eating food you should be getting at least 12oz water with every meal to ensure you wont get obstructed. Lastly, you should be chewing... chewing... chewing... I am trying to be more conscious of this now... but I still am working on it.
Question: anyone have canteloupe or pineapple? How did it react with your system?
PS - you should get a laptop! They are SOOOO worth the price. When I bought one a few years ago, I didnt think it was that big of a deal, but I was wrong it was worth it! I have not used a desk top since I bought the laptop...I can grade papers, and write papers and still sit in the comfy chair and watch tv while I am doing it! :)
And for 50 bucks you can get a wireless network card and then you can be on the internet without any wires... also totally worth it :)
Kelly - thanks for the pork visual, lol I dont think I will eat any of that for a while. Pork was the only meat that I could not have while I was on the soft diet, so it must be harder to digest. Remember to chew your food, I make it a point to make sure that things are mostly liquid before I swallow and so far nothing had bothered me! Try eating something (maybe tomatoey) and that will help. As long as you are not throwing up it is a good sign.... and just be patient :) about the job, your employer has to provide bathroom breaks and if you are concerned about it you can talk to him/her. I am sure if you are a good employee and you tell your boss that you are thinking of quitting because of something as simple as bathroom breaks they will do something to accomodate you!
Zoe - my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I think the idea of a convention would be a great thing! I would be there, as long as it didnt interfere with school! I have a cell phone, but I am not big on phone calls because I have like NO time. Its funny, I always tell the students that they can get me faster online and they dont believe me... but its true! I check my email alot more... and email is nice because you can do it in your own time! I live in Wisconsin, very close to green bay which is kinda in the middle of the US ... hehe maybe a good idea for a convention! :)
For lunch I ate some beef stroganoff (chewed the pieces crazy long) some veggies (including green beans and corn) and some apple cobbler (chewed the apples REAL well) and although I didnt eat a large amount, I expected to not feel good... but I feel FINE! This discovery makes me HAPPY!
Soon after I posted the previous message. I had some relief, but not much. It was very hard and formed. I had a glycerin suppository in for over an hour. I had been drinking coffee all morning Emma, wonder if that is what kicked it in gear. I am sooo bad at not keeping a food diary and keeping track of what food does what. Maybe I better start. I was not nauseous, but I have been retaining fluid. I need to make it looser some how, that is why I took the softeners. I will eat an apple later, maybe that will help.
Shelbs, glad you found this site. I found it after my surgery. Lucky for you, you found it before. All of us that will reply to your questions will have different answers. We are in different stages of post surgey. We have all had the surgery fairly recently. I think we are were all on or about the same course in post surgery. Some have recovered great with minor problems and others still have aways to go. I encourage you to read "Total Colectomy Part 4. During Part 4 is when most of us had our surgeries. There is a lot of broken down information about each of us and a lot of good advice.
I will give my answers to your questions.