Total Colectomy Part 14

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gogently
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   Posted 3/9/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
We're having to start a new thread as we had reached our limit. So Total Colectomy Part 13 is now Total Colectomy Part 14! Hope everyone is doing well and having a good day.
 
gogently

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb~


gogently
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   Posted 3/9/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I was right in the middle of a post when I got locked out! :-) So I will try to rewrite everything again.

PhyllisB-I know that you're close in age to me...Did you have any hormonal issues after surgery? Do you still have your ovaries? Did you go through the temp changes after surgery of being hot/cold? If so how long did they last? Do you take any kind of hormone replacement? I'm so glad that you're still posting as you have a lot of knowledge for the rest of us. Do you still have twinges of pain or sharp jabs? I know that might be the muscles healing. It is sort of a menstrual cramping feeling.

Bootynoworky-Your time frame is almost the same as mine when I had developed the hematoma (blood clots and fluid). You could also have a seroma (which is just fluid). Both will put a lot of pressure on your sutures and abdomen. You can find info on the plastic surgery sites about this. If it is they can drain it through aspiration. Do any of your incisions look red with purple around it and feel warm? I had to up my pain meds around this time. I hope that you're resting comfortably today and that the pain is going away. Really pamper yourself and get lots of rest over the weekend, okay? Don't get discouraged...it does get better with time.

Lisa61-Welcome! PhyllisB and Stuck42long have given you great info. It is a big surgery and a life changing one. And I would do it all over again even with some of the drawbacks that I have had. I can't believe how good it feels to go after all these years of blockage. And with all the stuff that comes out of me now...I'm beginning to believe I really did have a 'black hole' where everything I ate went into when I wouldn't go for weeks at a time! 

 
I too have fibro and was diagnosed with it about the same time as you. Did you have bowel problems before you recognized any of the other fibro symptoms? I was diagnosed with IBS-C in my 20's. I'm 52 now. I started showing full blown fibromyalgia after my ab surgery in 2001. But looking back I can tell I had a few symptoms here and there before that time. I can tell some of the symptoms have subsided or quieted down since my surgery. I still have the achey muscle thing going on, the hypersensitivity and the fibrofog but it is not as intense. I have been able to stop taking pain meds and only take tylenol or ibuprofen now. My hope is that the fibro will completely go away in time.
 
Stuck42long-I'm glad for all the advice that you give. I have been following your posts. I had to smile when you said you did weeks and months of research. I did the same. I had thought that there had to be another answer besides surgery. But I had run out of options...and when I became so sick in Oct/Nov I knew I had no where else to turn. I didn't realize how sick I was until my fingernails started growing in deformed! Did you have a problem with your fingernails pre-surgery? Also did (or do you) still have twinges of pain in your surgery area? Does that go away in time?
 
Savanared-how are you doing? How is work going? I hope things are going great for you. Please let us know...
 
I hope everyone is having a great day,
gogently
 
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb~


bootynoworky
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   Posted 3/9/2007 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Gogently-
The incisions look like they are almost all healed up, no problems there. My doc told me to stay active and avoid napping. But, that I was being too active before. Oh lord! You may have been babying yourself, but I was overdoing it, but don't take it too easy. I'm confused. He still wants me to get up and out and do things, but I feel like such crap I just want to lay around all day and eat junk food! How do they drain stuff like you said? What is entailed in that? sad
I am going to a wedding tommorow. Maybe not the whole thing, but it is my best friends wedding and I cannot miss it for the world. My husband is dragging me to Target tonight to buy a present. I haven't left the couch since I got home from the emergency.
I have made myself eat some fruit. I am still going to the bathroom normally and have passed the barium, which is a good sign.
I just wish I knew what happened.
My surgeon also told me to quit the vicodin and only take an anti-inflamatory from now on, like ibruprofen.
Colonic Inertia w/Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Total Laproscopic Colectomy -2/14/07


Stuck42Long
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   Posted 3/9/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   

GOGENTLY - Thanks for starting PART 14!!!  Maybe you and I were posting at the same time this morning and with all my blabbing - I took up all the space.  Sorry you had to rewrite everything sad !!!!

Just knowing I can or I've helped someone else going thru this is a blessing.  I'm trying to remember and mention as much as I can possibly think of.  I, like you, was at the end of my rope and had no other choice than to have the surgery.  I only wish I knew a lot sooner that there was a surgery out there to help me (years ago)!  I've also been blessed with all the help and support of so many here!!  They've been a God send to say the least!!

Yes, I did indeed have those twinges of pain and the good news is...they do go away.  I think it's a sign of healing from the inside out (if that makes sense).  I think the tenderness I experienced bothered me more than anything.  I had a total hysterectomy four years ago and it was as if these organs just reappeared - aching and throbbing - almost as though I had constant cramps and the same discomfort I had with the endometriosis - weird I know!!  It makes one wonder what the inside thinks of all this "emply" space after removing 5 1/2 feet of colon - on top of all the female organs they removed years ago confused !!!

Your question regarding my fingernails - mine have always grown "wavey" if that's the same as deformed LOL!!  I've worn tips for years now so no telling what they would look like now.

BOOTYNOWORKY - I'm glad you're feeling somewhat better today - I just hope it continues for your sake - NO MORE PAIN (or at least tolerable anyway)!!

I will be the first to say that with ALL my previous surgeries for the female problems I've had, I'm a quick "get up and get going" type of person, HOWEVER, three weeks post-op from this surgery, as you are now, I was still laying around and taking it easy.  I did get up and about, but I didn't push myself - I let my body dictate to me what it could do.  Like I've mentioned several times - I'm now 16 week post-op and I can honestly say I'm just now able to do 100%.  Being active is important and it's a part of the process, however, doing too much too soon may be a set back - so listen to your body!!!


GOD BLESS!!  ROBIN

Post Edited (STUCK42LONG) : 3/9/2007 5:55:09 PM (GMT-7)


Lisa61
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   Posted 3/9/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Gogently,

I do believe I'm getting closer to scheduling the colectomy because I'm so miserable.  I'm sure everyone on this forum can relate to having absolutely no energy and no desire to much of anything.  I am also a full-time student and will get my BS degree in May; I wanted to finish last class before I have the surgery because I have worked so hard for the past 3 years to get my degree.  I've been taking 4 Correctol every 2 days for the last few months so that I can go.  The different colors when I go also concern me; one day yellow, one day dark green or close to black and so on.  

My doctor seems to think my abuse of laxatives since my college years contributed to my colon problems and I know he's probably right.  I have been taking laxatives or some form of colon cleanse almost daily since my early 20s. I did have the bowel problems before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  Unfortunately most doctors in my area don't believe fibromyalgia exist.  They seem to think it's a label doctors put on an illness they cannot identify.  This is an entirely different issue, but the pain seems to be getting much worse lately.  I'm so happy to hear your fibro symptoms are subsiding.  That's very encouraging newss. 

Thank you again for responding and I will continue to gain strength and valuable information from everyone in this forum. 

 


Phyllis B
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   Posted 3/10/2007 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gogently,
I am postmenopausal for 4 years. about 20 years ago I had to have an overy and tube removed for a benign mass. I do not take any hormones...I just go with the flashes or like I like to say energy surges....In 2 weeks I have to go for a D&C for some staining and endometrial thickening and probably will have to have a hysterectomy (my mother had uterine cancer) I am concerned about being hollow woman and what will hold everything up. I have been very fortunate in that I had no complications and my recovery has been unremarkable...As far as getting up and about...do what you can. everyone is different. JUst listen to your bodies...if it tells you tired ..then rest...I rested for 2 months...
then the house really needed cleaning...For those taking pain meds..the faster you get off them the better you will feel...they slow down everything.....
Take care all...

resa
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   Posted 3/10/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
Welcome Lisa61.

Gogently - good to hear you are doing better and that some of your other symptoms are subsiding.

Bootnoworky - Sorry to hear you were in so much pain. Hope it goes away and you start to feel better. Did your doctors figure out what it was yet?

Stuck42 - thank you for posting your results in detail. It helps to know what to sort of expect.

Actually, I want to thank all of you who have posted your results. The good and the bad. I have read a lot of articles on this, but hearing it from people who have experienced it helped more. Thank all of you.

Yesterday was my last day of work. Some of the people know I will be having surgery but not what for. My family knows. My son will take me to the hospital and stay there until I get out of surgery.

I start my prep today. I want to make sure I am clean. I heard somewhere that in areas in the United States and overseas they are no longer using preps for this surgery.

I read a few articles on the use of chewing gum after this surgery. Some of them said it helped in about 30% of the patients. Some of the articles stated it had no affect on the healing processing. There you have pros and cons. Me, I'm going to try it anyway. Can't hurt I suppose. I had bubble gum to bring, but I don't know abut the sugar content in the gut so soon so I changed to sugarless, Sparemint. I don't like Peppermint. Guess it won't matter.

Yesterday I had the worst headache I have had in the longest time. It felt like my head wanted to explored. I couldn't take anything so I had to suffer with it all day. This morning thankfully it is gone.

Monday is my day. The surgeon has me down for four days in the hospital. I hope my energy level returns. I had this since my early 30's, but it wasn't until Oct. 2002 that it really got worse. I have done nothing but go to work and home since that time. I also put on a ton of weight - not that I was ever thin.

surviving surgery
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   Posted 3/10/2007 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone I have survived. Thank you for helping me with some of the thing's I was lost on.

I went to my doctor yesterday. You were right I had circulation problem going on. But it wasn't from the heart as doctors thought. It was from med-withdrawl of the narcotics they have had me on for three years over at the pain center.

Also I'm not at this time having that problem thanks to my primary. I found out that when you are a female and you have this surgery, you can go directly into the change. If the effect's do not happenshortly after surgery they will eventually. Doc fixed that problem to anyone ever hear of Dr. Lee he has a cream safe to use for replacement, but if you are not into natural then you can always go with a low dose of premprin the doc says.

I have high risk for cancer in my life so I'm wondering if I should just go natural, but for now I have the premprin. It has stopped the bone killing cold chills, and uncontrollable sweats to a point.

I tried Kentucky Fried yesterday, first real food I've eaten since going through this spell after surgery. Boy it was good.

Well I'll click back on later have to eat my vitamins, and breakfast. Lost 38 pnds.
 
Also I bought a little thing called my gym. It was on sale at Wally world and has all the gear you ever need to tone up. I'm finally after 3 months able to get into  a nice pair of jeans and shirt. The doc said no more than five pound wheights at three months for me and then into my fifth I can increase. Anyone else on a toneing program? If so got any ideas for staying interested. I don't like to do thing's by myself kinda of a follower not leader lately
 
And I'm finally at that point I can do alot of what I couldn't do, due to living on laxatives. Going mushroom hunting this coming wee. Boy I love that thought of being out in the woods.
 
Well I realy have to jump off here again. I get to grocery shop now for some thing's I've been craving. I can't stand to eat fish ( gives me the watery if you know what I mean)

Post Edited (surviving surgery) : 3/10/2007 8:02:52 AM (GMT-7)


Stuck42Long
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   Posted 3/10/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   

yeah  SURVIVING - I'm so excited to hear you're doing SO much better now!!  I'm sure KNOWING the why's of your situation is really a blessing to you!!  Isn't the weight loss WONDERFUL!!  I topped out at 30lbs and have regained five, give or take - AND not looking pregnant anymore is even better LOL!!

RESA - I'll be thinking and praying for you!!  I'm sure you're having rollercoaster emotions about now - I sure did - I'm sure everyone else here did as well.  Just know that you will feel like and be a new person in a matter of weeks (maybe several weeks, but weeks)!!  Seeing that I suffered with my condition for 43 years - the last 16 weeks have been trying and a blessing all wrapped up in one!! 

PHYLLISB - Since my total hysterectomy four years ago - I do take homone replacment via a patch.  I couldn't deal with the sudden onset of the hot flashes and severe mood swings.  I take medication for severe depression and mood disorders as it is.  I know their are risks to hormone replacement, actually there's a risk with any medication, so I opted for hormone replacement knowing I counldn't handle the hot flashes and severe mood swings anymore.

You mentioned being a hollow woman if you do indeed have to have a hysterectomy.  I had those same feelings!!  I made a statement in a previous post about the weeks of such tenderness post-op and it being some how related to being a "hallow" woman.  The tenderness was EXACTLY where my female organs used to be (I had endometriosis so bad for many years and after serveal surgeries and much pain, it continued to come back, leaving me in severe pain in the female organ area all the time).  I have noticed one improvement if it will make you feel better - I don't dribble anymore when I sneeze, cough, or laugh real hard anymore.  I can only imagine what my remaining organs were thinking after the 5 1/2 feet of colon was removed - it was probably like me walking into a mansion and trying to decided where I wanted to go first LOL!!!

LISA - I'm happy to hear you're seeking a permanent resolution to your situation.  If it helps any, many colorectal surgeons (or general surgeons) are so booked in advance for this type of surgery that you will more than likely be able to finish your schooling if you get in now to see a specialist/surgeon.

I too had to take laxatives for many years for my constipation.  My situation began when I was 15 months old and by the time I was 19 or so - I HAD NO other choice than to take laxatives.  There was absoluetly NOTHING else that worked, and up until two or three years ago, they didn't work anymore.  I was actually taking 48 extra strength Exlax over a three day span, drinking that magnesium stuff in the green bottles, Miralax, Lactalose, Zelnorm, Amitiza (all at the same time) and hardly NOTHING was moving.

I did the two day prepping before surgery, Miralax, Ducolax, and a fleet enema the morning of surgery.  Upon arriving at the hospital I was given SEVEN of those deep enemas before they cleared me for surgery.  The nurse was in awe when she saw how much of the fluid I could take in before having to take off the the bathroom!!

Sorry if I've repeated myself on anything - just like to share and help those facing surgery or those who are in recovery!!


GOD BLESS!!  ROBIN


savanared
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   Posted 3/11/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Gogently,   my apologies, I have been very busy at work ( went back full time 6 weeks post op).  I flew roundtrip to Virginia this past week in a 48 hour period ( 7 weeks post op) and though I was a little sore in my upper abdomen, I did ok.  I have increased my diet over the past few weeks but still have difficulty with most dairy products -- the exception is cheese. I am trying to incorporate some new exercises to help strengthen my back and abdomen. I still experience some temperature difficulties, but I attribute those to my surgery induced anemia and menopause ( hysterectomy at 28).

To all of you who just joined, I welcome you and hope that we are able to help.For those of you who are experiencing difficulty my heart felt prayers go out to you.  The important thing to remember,, though we all share the same surgery, we heal very differently.  Please know that I am here to support each of you in any way possible.

 

Tracy


gogently
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   Posted 3/11/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Resa,
I just got home from my first outing with my hubby since surgery! I hope you know that you're in my prayers for a perfect surgery and a smooth recovery tomorrow. I hope you get this is time because of the time change. I'll be going to bed early tonight to try to adjust! When you feel up to it let us know how you're doing, okay?
gogently
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb~


Stuck42Long
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   Posted 3/12/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   

:-)  SAVANARED/TRACY - I don't believe I've had the opportunity to talk with you yet - very nice to meet you - you sould like a very sweet person!!

So, you made it back to work six weeks post-op - GOOD for you!!  I'm blessed and have been blessed that I haven't worked outside the home since 2000, however, I don't think I could of made it back in six weeks!!  Be assured that you WILL be able to handle dairy again.  I'm 16 weeks post-op and last week was the first time I handled milk with no problem.  I think that I'll still use "caution" and not consume a lot at this point - just be patient OK?  (Lord knows we've had to learn to be patient in our healing process)!!

GOGENTLY - So, how was your first outing?  I hope you enjoyed every minute of it!!  I know that in this stage of the game for me - things still want to move thru quickly (the timing issue is getting better though).  If I go out to dinner - I pretty much end up going straight home (no time to go shopping YET - LOL)!!  I have NEVER liked public restrooms and try my hardest to avoid them as much as possible.

SURVIVING - How was your weekend - hopefully as pain free as possible!!  Please keep us posted on your doctor appointment today OK? 


GOD BLESS!!  ROBIN


gogently
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   Posted 3/12/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Stuck42long and all-My outing this past weekend was fun. It was my anniversary (32 years!) and my husband wanted to get me out of the house 2 nights. We drove about 2 1/2 hours from home and stayed in a cabin on the coast. I live in Oregon and of course it did what Oregon does best this time of year...Rain! yeah But we had a fireplace, no phone, no frills. It was wonderful to get out of the house since it's been 7 weeks today! I did real well on the drive out there but on the way back we had to stop so I could stretch. I find that if I stay in one place too long every thing seems to seize up and ache. That could be the fibro too.

PhyllisB-I had to smile about your 'energy surges'. It is too bad they can't find a way to tap into the heat we generate. We could probably generate enough electricity to power our house day to day! Have you scheduled the hysterectomy yet? I like Stuck42long response about being a 'hallowed woman'. I'm one of those too now that I've had my ovaries removed. Did you have any other surgeries prior to the TC and the ovary/tube removal? How long did you deal with constipation?


A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb~


gogently
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   Posted 3/12/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Bootynoworky,
When they do an aspiration, they stick a needle with a syringe in the area where they think there is a fluid mass and suck out all the liquid. It's not bad. I had one done for a breast lump to see if it was a cyst or a tumor. It turned out to be a tumor but was benign. Thank goodness. I hope that your feeling better today. How did your doc appt go?
gogently
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb~


Phyllis B
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   Posted 3/12/2007 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Gogently,

You're not kidding about providing energy for the house and at times I could do the whole block.  Anyway, I have had multiple GYN surgeries which culminated in loss of ovary and tube...I am scheduled for preop testing on the 21st and D&C on the 28th....If I need the hysterectomy which I am sure he is going to recommend, my husband and I decided we should go back to the Cleveland Clinic to whom the colorectal surgeon recommended.  This way if there is trouble with the colon he will be there...Cleveland Clinic is just wonderful.  They saved my husband's life when he was diagnosed with bilateral kidney cancer.  They did kidney sparing surgery on him and he is now 5 years out..no chemo or radiation and he is doing fine.  Even though we live in NY I would have more confidence to go out there...So it is just a waiting came and trying not to get too stressed out (yeah sure) until the decision is made.

Glad you had a good outing...the first of many enjoyable ones

Phyllis

 


gogently
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   Posted 3/12/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Phyllis,
It was so different going away from home this time! I felt so much better and had a lot more energy than pre surgery (and I actually did enjoy myself!). I'm so happy I don't have that miserable pressure and bloatedness anymore. I'm glad that you are going to have the hysterectomy done at the Cleveland Clinic if you need it. Your husband is really blessed to have gone there for surgery. They really know their stuff. I'll keep you in my prayers.
gogently
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb~


Stuck42Long
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   Posted 3/13/2007 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
PHYLLIS - What a wonderful and interesting story on your husband!!  God is so good!!  I hope you two have many, many more years to enjoy life together!  Your upcoming surgery will bring you NEW FOUND FREEDOM to enjoy the years ahead!!  So, if the hysterectomy is in fact needed, will they be doing it at the same time as the total colectomy?  Like I said before, I'm doing great being a "hollowed" woman and you will be too :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
GOGENTLY - What a nice outing indeed!!  Congratulation on 32 years of marriage!!  I've been with my husband going on 28 years - That's way more than half my life!!  The cabin, no phone, no frills, and the fireplace - SOUNDS PERFECT - I think both myself and my husband need a get-a-way, however, with a 13 year old - no phone isn't an option LOL :-) !
 
BOOTYNOWORKY - How did your doctor's appointment go yesterday.  I do hope your pain has eased up and they find a solution that will work for your problem.  My heart goes out to you because I know what it's like to have pain that's intolerable.  Gogently mentioned the procedure for aspiration that brought something to my attention that happened to my daddy after he had his hernia surgery two years ago.  My daddy carried around this hernia for "30 plus years" and it was the size of a small cantalope.  After surgery I had to take him back to his surgeon five or six times because he filled up with fluid in the "empty" space that held the hernia for so many years.  His surgeon did tell him that it's not uncommon for this to happen, however, due to the size of the hernia, he had more of a chance of this happening.  Each repeat visit to the surgeon yeilded less and less fluid until he didn't have to go back at all.
 
Please keep us posted OK?
GOD BLESS!!  ROBIN


Phyllis B
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   Posted 3/13/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Stuck42long,

Had my total colectomy 6-19-06 at Cleveland Clinic and they were wonderful....that is why if I do need hysterectomy I will go back there...

Glad to hear everyone else is doing pretty good....


savanared
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   Posted 3/13/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Phyllis B,
 
My prayers are with you.  It sounds as if you are in very good hands. Everyone is different, but if you can adapt after a colectomy, I am willing to bet you will handle any needed surgeries just fine. Hang in there.
 
Tracy

gogently
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   Posted 3/13/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Bootynoworky,
How was the wedding and how did you do? Did you stay for the reception and if you did, how did you do with the menu? I hope that you had a great weekend...just getting out of the house for a while is great! Is the pain that you were experiencing completely gone now?
gogently
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb~


bootynoworky
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   Posted 3/13/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello everyone,

everything went really good at the doctor. He couldn't find anything wrong with me and said everything was normal if not better than normal. My incisions looked really good, he said I looked really good. Urine-analysis was normal. He looked at the cat scan the other hospital did and he said it was all normal. He said there was a small "kink" that might have made me throw up and cause me all that pain that night, because there is nothing wrong with me. He said the kink would settle and go away. He does not want me to take vicodin anymore, only ibuprofen from now on. He suggested I go to the chiropractor too, I might be confusing skeletal back pain for kidney pain because there is nothing wrong with my kidneys. (they looked at those too) He poked around for a little awhile and I got to go home unscaved. I was scared, there was some freaky looking tools out on the counter with some lube next to them! Eeek!

So, in less words, it was a fluke. I do feel better. I got allergies full blast all the sudden, so that is making me feel pretty crappy, but I do feel better pain wise. I went to the chiropractor today and got an adjustment so hopefully my back pain will feel better. I do have lower back scoliosis I was being adjusted everyweek before the surgery. Tommorow I am going back to the chiropractor for a back massage. They are going to pretend like I am pregnant so I don't have to lie on my tummy.

I made it to the wedding Saturday. It was an hour away, so it was a pretty long day. The food was good. I could eat everything there except for a pasta in cream sauce. I remember what happened last time I did that! They had grilled chicken on a stick thingys, shrimp on stick, salad, bread, and little roast beef sandwiches. (I didn't eat those little sandwiches either, i was too full by then!) I really do eat everything except cream and milk. I even have been eating small amounts of well-chewed salad. That was another thing the doc made sure of, he wanted to make sure I was trying foods. It can be scary, but I just do it. Maybe because I am dumb and foolish I am not scared. In the can fruit section there is this fruit sorbet you put in the freezer, it is really good. I've only tried the mango so far. Good ice cream substitute.

 

 


Colonic Inertia w/Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Total Laproscopic Colectomy -2/14/07


Stuck42Long
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   Posted 3/14/2007 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  PHYLLIS - Thanks for setting me straight LOL!!  GREAT NEWS FOR YOU THEN - The hysterectomy is a PIECE OF CAKE compared to the TC!!!!  Being a hollow woman isn't as bad as it sounds!
 
yeah  BOOTYNOWORKY - What wonderful news from the doctor!!  I'm so happy for you.  I'm also glad to hear you had a nice time at the wedding and explored different foods. 
 
:-)  GOGENTLY - Thanks for keeping me up to date on others events - like BOOTYNOWORKY'S wedding.  I'm horrible about remembering things most of the time.  If I don't have a "POST-IT" note stuck somewhere, well, it's as good as gone (out of sight/out of mind)!!!
 
:-)  SAVANARED/TRACY - Boy did you hit the nail on the head when comparing "ANY" surgery after the TC - I've sure had my share of surgeries, mainly due to female issues and there is NO comparison!!!  Even the "open" surgery I had to remove endometriosis wasn't as bad as the "lap" TC!!  The hysterectomy, wheter full or partial, is a PIECE OF CAKE - LOL!
 
I sure hope I addressed everyone and didn't forget something I SHOULD have remembered - Hopefully with the help of GOGENTLY, she will keep me up to date redface !
GOD BLESS!!  ROBIN


gogently
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 3/15/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi all,

My doc's appt went well. I'm released to do whatever. It will be 8 weeks on Monday. I don't need to see him again until June unless I have problems. He said I can lift again but if it hurts it is too heavy...that is like Booty's doc telling her don't do too much but stay busy tongue He said it will take about a year for the surgery scar to turn white. He said the lumps and bumps along the scar will dissolve and settle down. I was concerned because after surgery it looked like I had a second navel! Then after the hemotoma scar sunk in it looked like I had a third! I thought if I ever wear a two piece again I'll look like I'm an alien with 3 navels  yeah But even with 3 navels I'm still glad I did it! How is everyone else doing?

gogently


A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~Irish Proverb~


Stuck42Long
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 250
   Posted 3/16/2007 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   

GOGENTLY - Congratulations on your doctor appointment!!  Eight weeks out is still "soon" to me - I know at eight weeks out I was still wondering when I'd feel "normal" again (tenderness in lower abdomen and regaining my strength). 

about your navel - long story short - after one of my lap operations for the endometriosis - it looked as if I had two nono !!!!!!!!!!!!!  Fortunately or unfortunately for me (however you want to look at it) I ended up having another lap surgery and it fixed it. 

I'm willing to bet you'll live with your "alien" navel vs another surgery LOL!!

Like GOGENTLY asked - how is everyone else doing?  I hope ALL are doing good!!


GOD BLESS!!  ROBIN


Phyllis B
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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 196
   Posted 3/16/2007 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Gogently,

Think positively about your three navels....You can get 3 belly button diamonds.....

Glad to hear all is well out in colectomy land

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