I'm having my takedown on Saturday, July 15. Hopefully we can stay in touch to help eachother through this. I was advised to bring my own toilet paper preferably Charmin Ultra, Preperation H wipes that I bought from Costco and some ointment for the irritation. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. Are you in California? Which hospital are you having it done in?
No I am in Nebraska. Good luck on Saturday. This will be a good weekend for us! Hopefully a short hospital stay. Yes I definately will bring my own tp. I'm not looking forward to the burn but we both know it is well worth it to get rid of the bag.
Can I join your club? My reversal is also scheduled this week (July 14th). I'm terrified but I'm so sick of this bag. I was originally scheduled on 6/21 but I got as far as pre-op and they cancelled the surgery because I had been given the wrong prep instructions.
What kind of prep instructions were the two of you given? I'm to take 2 bottles of Mag Citrate, and a third if the output still isn't clear. I'm also to have clear liquids starting Thursday am. I wish I wasn't so afraid but I guess it's only natural. My ileostomoy was due to a perforated colon from diverticulitis. It happened on an emergency basis so there wasn't all this time to think about it. This waiting is driving me crazy!
I just got back from my pre-op. Everything looks good but I'm just waiting on my blood work. They changed my surgery to July 14 at 7:15am as well. I wish you the best. I'm nervous too but I guess this is what's meant to happen to us in life so you have to accept it and move on. There's nothing we can do to change things. I'm very comfortable with my surgeon. I know it's going to hurt but I also know that the recovery and pain is nowhere near as bad as recuperating from a total colectomy. I don't have a prep just clear liquids all day on Thursday. Maybe it's because my entire colon is gone...I don't know. I'll have my laptop with me in the hospital so you can email me and we can compare notes...firstname.lastname@example.org...Good luck
I feel more like writing after sleeping for awhile. My takedown was last Friday. I slept most of that afternoon and evening and a lot on Saturday. My first bowel movements were Sunday and I had a total of five. The first experience seemed like gas but I was wrong! Learned quickly to go ahead into the bathroom and take no more chances. My last BM on Sunday was around 8pm and I didn't have another until around that same time tonight (Monday). This one was very painful. Started out feeling as if it was formed but then turned very loose. Sorry if this is too much detail.
My pain level is better than with the first surgery but I still have a reasonable amount of pain. The incision is probably 3 inches across and had a drain left in one side. The MD covering for mine over the weekend attempted to pull it out twice before he realized that it was stitched in! I still had quite a bit of drainage and he had asked the nurse to put a tegaderm over the incision. Well, that's not good for a wound that's still draining so being a somewhat over-assertive nurse myself, I insisted that they remove his dressing and put gauze over the incision so that it could soak up the drainage.
I could have stayed another night but I was getting absolutely no rest in the hospital. They were in my room 3 times between 5am and 7:30 and all they did was check my vital signs which have been fine all along! Maybe I can rest at home. There were two other people having reversals the same day as mine and I hope they're doing well. I haven't heard from anyone yet so they may still be in the hospital.
I'm still nervous about what to expect now and not sure what foods will be best for me. At least the surgery is over and we'll go from here!