Post Edited (nursemelissa) : 1/25/2006 10:23:01 PM (GMT-7)
So here we go again. Time to start getting my life in order so that I can take a hiatus for a little while. I got the taxes (personal) done, I still have the biz taxes to do, but they're harder. I got out the calendar and scheduled all the kids appts for late Feb. I got my auth from the insurance already, last time I still didn't have an answer the day before surgery. Ordered everyone's medicines for next month. I'll do heavy grocery shopping this weekend. You guys know the routine.
The painting is all done finally! But, my husband had the living room, dining room, front foyer and the upstairs and downstairs hallways painted green. Lime sherbet green. Why did I let HIM pick the colors???? The other colors are nice. I don't know what was going on in his mind when he picked out that green! I now know why we are not interior designers- we have no talent in that field.
The surgeon suggested that I do a couple fleets because I still have stuff in my rectum from before the 2nd surgery. So last night I did 2 back to back. I couldn't hold it long at all, and what came out was bloody, thick whitish. Very weird and painful. I didn't like it at all. Fowl smelling too. Aren't ya'll glad I filled you in on that? But, I do feel better today.
Where is everyone? And why did they lock TC pt 8 so soon? I hope everyone is doing well.
Just checking to see if anyone remembers me, Kelly? I took a different job at work and I have been busy since then. I have occasionally read some posts, but didn't take the time to reply. I have a little bit of time, so here I am.
I am still in the same situation as before. Not able to pass stool correctly. Since I am working everyday I can not get to a facility for bowel re-training and have not been sucessful finding anything on the internet. My nerves are shot down there and I am unable to really feel good sensation to pass stool or gas. So I bloat up a lot and use a suppository when I can. I have gained all my weight back, which is a bummer. My transit time is still very slow, I guess the small intestine was affected also. Stools can be very hard to very runny. but more hard than the other. Still I feel the surgery was worth it and would do it again. I am in a 100% better situation than I was a year ago. The surgeon who did the operation really doesn't have a great knowledge of these things and I have not looked in to a GI doc. I wonder if they would remove any part of the small to speed up the transit?
Post Edited (kntkyboy71) : 1/30/2006 7:46:21 PM (GMT-7)
Oh my gosh, guys! I'm so sorry I've gone so long without posting! I guess I got so excited last Monday when I got back to work, time has just flown since! I'm doing fine. I did decide to start physical therapy because my back muscles are seriously deconditioned (and hurting!) due to being out of commission so long, and my abdominal muscles are pretty weak too. I'll be doing strengthening 3 x wk at an outpt rehab center here, along with some homework. Man, surgery after 35 sucks!!
Everything's going great. I'm still taking the Lomotil, which is a life saver (despite what Emma says!) 3 times/day which has slowed me to about 5 movements a day, with at least a little consistency. I'm taking potassium daily for a little while to help with that issue...
I saw that Sandy took my advice and talked with y'all, and I knew you'd all be great for her. It really was strange when I was at my last surgeon visit when he said "Hey...I think that lady out there is from your hometown and she is trying to decide on the same surgery. Would you be willing to talk with her about your experience?" We talked for quite a while there (3 hrs from our hometown...), and I gave her my phone number and she called me last week telling me she'd scheduled her surgery for yesterday. She was still so scared. Anyway, I called Baylor just a bit ago and talked to her husband. The surgery went fine, no complications so far, and she's happy in la-la land at the moment. He said he was so glad she found all of us to have the courage to do it. Everybody give yourselves a pat on the back!
Sasha-It's about time I heard from you! I was looking for you everyday there for a while! I'm glad to see you made it through ok. Are you still ok now?
Cathy-Hang in there girl! You're still my hero in all this. And just think what an interesting story this will be to tell to your old woman friends at the center 40 yrs from now! You'll do fine...
And it looks like a boy has made it past our defenses...who let that happen?? Welcome, Chris. You'll never find a more sympathetic (and empathetic!) group than this...
Lesa - glad you are doing well! Thanks for checking in! If lomotil helps you, go for it...I just never needed it myself!
Cathy - Woo hoo, only afew more days to go. Enjoy that Superbowl, if your anxiety is off the chart dont you have some benzos around that you can take. Read a book, watch Tv and keep yourself very very busy and the time will fly. A reconnection like you are having is a very routine surgery... everything will be fine! :)
Saramarie - Im glad you finally checked in... glad that you are on the way to recovery... and very mad that your doctor did not listen to you. Sometimes we need to be strong with our doctors to make them listen, but glad you are on your road to recovery!
Chris - sorry to hear you are sick, good luck with your appointment!
As for me, I am borderline constipated yet again. They think my small bowel also has slow transit. Stool is perfectly round and ball shaped and I only go about once every other day. I guess I cant complain at least I dont have diarrhea!
School started on Tues, let the stress begin! :)
Just a few minutes to drop a quick note. I'm being admitted on Feb 8, with a total colectomy scheduled for Feb 9. Wish me luck!
Cathy-Good luck on your upcoming procedure. Know that we're all thinking about you and pulling for you!
Emma-Thanks for the thoughts. Now, can I have a kleenex? :)
Wow Chris- that was quick. Is the surgeon a colorectal surgeon? Is it the same one as your wife? If so, they're making alot of money off of you guys. Ask for the family plan. I'll be thinking about you too. Are they going to do your prep in the hospital? I wish I did. Ugh!
Hey Emma, not good! Can you increase your fluid intake? I never want to hear that word again- constipation.
I ate tacos for lunch and steak for dinner yesterday and my ostomy has been going crazy all day. Thick like toothpaste. I'm literally squeezing it out of the bag to empty it. And the ostomy has been farting too. I'm making really rude noises in patient rooms. All I can do is laugh. It does sound pretty funny. I just wish it weren't me doing it. I feel like the death row inmate having his last meal. It's been nice eating anything. I hope it doesn't take long to get back to that.
Gotta run finish working. They've been killing me today, one patient at a time.
Love to all,
Cathy - well I think I am still paying for the hellish weekend at work last weekend where I didnt get any food or water for hours on end... and I think that just packed things in there... which is kinda a problem. I am not getting too amped up about it right now but hopefully it gets better when I am eating more veggies and drinking more water.
I dont blame you for the last meal idea... I would think you would be back to eating normal foods soon but I would definately take it light for the first 3 weeks after surgery. Perhaps think about a low residue diet after surgery! :)
Only 3 more days to go! :)
Cathy - Just thinking about you right now! What time is your surgery... I am sure you are thinking about it too. You will be in your thoughts and prayers... PLEASE ask that wonderful daughter of yours to update us right away... I will be anxiously awaiting the good news that everything went well!
Positive attitude.. and try not be your own doctor... LOL I know how hard that is (because I am always my own nurse) but just relax and let someone else be in control!